Hard to be too dramatic after another lose, but, THIS IS REALLY BAD.
Freddie Ljungberg is dealing with the impossible caretaker role. The club allowed Unai Emery to hire in 9 of his mates, now they’ve all been chopped, Freddie is having to fix a broken squad with Per Mertesacker who is working two jobs at the same time. He has no experience to call on, he’s lacking resource, and he’s trying to fix a squad that doesn’t seem to care about the basics.
He is not going to be the future manager of Arsenal football club, so the exec leadership team needs to make a decision on the future of the vacancy this week.
I think they will, and I’d be very surprised if the name they pick can only join at the end of the season.
The three end of the season managers would be Brendan, Thomas Tuchel and Pochettino.
The now managers are Arteta, Vieira, Nuno and sadly, Martinez.
The decision should be an easy one, but my word, don’t write off Raul steaming in last minute to ensure another 2 years of Arsenal hell with a curveball mates rates type of paint job.
Arsenal look a disgusting shambles on the pitch, but it’s fixable. This is football, it’s not that complicated. We have more than enough good players in our squad to correct the season. Sheffield United are firing and its December. Leicester are at the top of the table. Wolves are robust with a small squad. We need organisation, a sexy vision, and a coach that can deliver his message clearly with a lot of energy.
Then we can push through to the summer and make the more drastic changes that we need to really reboot Arsenal.
The Manchester City game is hardly worth talking about. Bernd Leno proved his worth with some exceptional saves once again, he really is looking like a £100m keeper at the moment. Martinelli played really well, he’s the only player in our front four will to put a shift in for the midfield. Saka and ESR also showed some flashed when they came on.
Ultimately though, there was no shape, no strategy on how to press, and no commitment to play like a team. The football we play is a little bit better than it was under Unai Emery, but there’s still no confidence in the system.
City breezed past our midfield with ease. They all knew exactly what they were supposed to be doing on the pitch. They destroyed us with devastating precision. KDB looked like the best player in the world, but really, could he take any value in that statement when he was playing against a bunch of boys?
I don’t want to pick on Ozil, because there are lots of poor players in our squad, but no one stinks out our starting 11 quite like him in a big game. He was subbed off early and he strolled off the pitch, then threw his gloves on the ground. What a little bitch. I think I speak for most of the fans, I’ll be overjoyed to see the back of him this summer, he’s the worst £18m a season any club in the world spends. That World Cup really did destroy any ambition he had to be a footballer.
We are lost as a club. 10 years of neglect have taken their toll. We haven’t had a stable manager since 2008… but things can change very quickly.
Problem for Arsenal is we’re like a neglected trophy wife. Plenty of cash has been pumped in, but the husband hasn’t been paying attention to where it’s being spent.
The Kroenke’s have sunk net $330m in the squad over the last 5 years. That’s more than double Liverpool ($123m), Leicester ($163m), Spurs ($120m) and Chelsea ($140m) have spent. We have let drunk partners fritter away bucket loads of cash as we’ve watched on in hopeful fashion that there’s some sort of thought behind the outlay. There hasn’t been.
I think a good place to start is with a great coach with exciting ideas.
Here’s the thing, I don’t think Edu knows what he wants for Arsenal, which means the coach he hires is doubly important because they will be the vision. Let’s hope it’s someone exciting.
Then the hardwork starts, we have 7 months to get ready for next season. Everybody needs to work around the new coach. He needs the best staff, the most advanced analysts, and an operational structure built to get the best out of him and the players.
… most importantly, the summer transfer plan needs to be perfect. It’s going to be busy, but we can’t afford mistakes, we need to make sure the players lining up next season are fit to wear the shirt.
So let’s get this hire right, no fucking around with the bottom feeders.
We have to hope we’re at ground zero with Arsenal, we’ll only know that when we hire in a new coach. Make a bad decision, the next ground zero will sadly be one where the current leadership is swept out in another revolution. Hopefully, it doesn’t come to that, fingers crossed Raul and Edu do the right thing this week.
P.S. Check out our LATEST podcast, this one with my brother!