Arteta deal waits on backroom team

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Quick post this morning because I feel like I’ve been trapped in a time loop on this Arteta thing.

The deal has been agreed with the man, 3.5 years. The hold-up is waiting on the final backroom team, what that looks like and what it costs.

Apparently, the assistant won’t be Borrel, who is being promoted to Pep’s assistant. There are names circulating around the internet, Iñaka Caña Pavón (via @DarrenArsenal1) is being mentioned as a goalkeeping coach. I think there are some names that’ll potentially be joining from City and maybe another rival in the league.

There’s also an interesting story about Michael Flynn of Newport joining him as an assistant. He saved the club from relegation and he’s overseen a number of giant killings. He studied his badges with Arteta. He’s also young 39 years old, but clearly an impressive guy willing to do what it takes to make a name for himself. He even had an invite from Klopp to watch a coaching session at Liverpool.

It’s all very exciting, there could be an announcement as soon as today, but don’t be surprised if it runs across the weekend.

The Freddie press conference being cancelled yesterday would indicate something is going to be announced before the Everton game, but from the noise, it would seem unlikely Arteta will be in the dugout for that game.

There are some other favourable stories doing the rounds, the hottest one for me is that Granit Xhaka has told friends that he’s off in January. I couldn’t be more thrilled, Hertha Berlin is being earmarked as a go-to club for him, bottom 6, about his level. Great news there is Arteta must know about that, so I would imagine there have been discussions about replacing him, because we’re very light in midfield from a seniority level.

The bad Auba press keeps going as well, which makes me wonder if he’s trying to force his way out in January. He moved in January to us, so he’s not against that kind of thing, there are quite a lot of clubs in Europe that could do with his goals, so you never know. I would imagine Mikel will be doing all he can to keep his clinical edge in the side, at least until the summer.

See you in the comments, keep them crossed something happens today.

P.S. Flynn not part of the staff. Steve Round is.

 

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  1. Ishola70

    Paulinho

    That is a different argument.

    We all know the midfield as a whole isn’t good enough but having Xhaka as the fulcrum of it all these years hasn’t helped at all.

    Was interested to see if my views on Grealish were being backed up anywhere by any pundits regarding him overplaying and in the wrong areas and that his main strength is on the ball driving and saw this article that says the same

    https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/jack-grealish-aston-villa-johnson-17371674

  2. Romford Pele

    Wasi, it’s weird because I don’t know if i classify Nelsonas a winger like that. For the U23s he played as a 10 a lot. He seems to be one of those players who can play wide because he’s quick and skillful. He stations himself inside a lot to combine with players.

  3. Paulinho

    Nelson is such a weird player. He looks perfect physically for that type of silky winger, yet his touch is so poor and he plays in a very rigid tense manner.

  4. HighburyLegend

    “KROENKE: ARTETA KNOWS ARSENAL EXPECTATIONS”

    Yep, but what about you, dear Josh ?? And what about your old man ??

  5. Romford Pele

    “Nelson is such a weird player. He looks perfect physically for that type of silky winger, yet his touch is so poor and he plays in a very rigid tense manner.”

    Yeah it’s weird. Hard to know if it’s linked to confidence or he’s just not made for this level.

  6. Paulinho

    Romford – Alarm bells rang for me when Nelson put in that horrendous performance at Old Trafford at the end of Wenger’s last season. Usually young players over-perform then have a dip. Never seen a youngster be completely out of his depth and then improve dramatically a couple of years later.

  7. Edu me a favour

    Here’s an idea

    How about we let Mikel take charge of a few matches and implement his philosophy on the club BEFORE WE JUDGE HIM

    For FUCKS SAKE

    sick to death of reading bull shit negative comments about his appointment

    We literally have legendary managers and the premier league BACK TO BACK CHAMPIONS talking up our new boss yet some people on here who have ZERO involvement in football in ANY capacity literally think they know better

    Kevin de bruyne one of the best players in the league says – “ arteta is ruthless , he is exactly what arsenal needs , modern power play , technical knowledge from all walks of life , many players find it amazing how arsenal have struggled and allowed it , Arteta will resurrect the club “

    But let’s not take any notice of one of the best players in the league who works with him on a daily basis

    Rant over 😀

  8. Nelson

    It is a new beginning for Arsenal. No more paper over the cracks. The club needs a renewal in Kloop’s style. All the current veterans will be let go within the next two years. I am seeing light in the tunnel.

  9. Dream10

    Wasi & Romford

    I like ESR as well. Hope injuries don’t hold him back. Believe he might be technically cleaner than De Bruyne. I’m not sure he’ll be the same type of player. Even though KdB strikes the ball as well as anybody, his ace card is his massive engine. Almost like a slower Gerrard. ESR might not be that type, but he has the capacity to. be more involved.in building play

  10. CG

    Kenyan Gunner

    “”””Head coach not manager!”””””

    Well Observed,

    Head Coach Take 2.

    Lets see how this one pans out.

    If Arteta doesn’t choose the players he wants to buy or sell.

    We will be having another manger within 12 months,

    This insane structure( whoever ) is the Head Coach Cant work.
    (Do we not learn anything……)

    How does it even work?

  11. guest man aka WW

    xhaxa off…should never have been at this club…nowhere near quick enough for the prem….
    Auba off….could be good news…We can certainly cover him with martinelli and laca…and nkiete is an uncanny poacher.
    Auba is a big name player,,,take the goals away and he really is woeful…

  12. Nelson

    Mikel Arteta:” My first task will be to get to know the players better and get them playing the kind of fast flowing, attacking football that Arsenal supporters around the world want to see.”

    Yes Sir!

  13. China1

    Hey look I’ve never wanted arteta for reasons discussed on here a thousand times but I for one am relieved the search for a new manager is finished and I will honor my word and give Mikel a fair crack of the whip

    He has my full support until he demonstrates he’s wrong for the club and I like to think I’m always quite reasonable on that front.

    I hope he does a great job and proves all of us who have had reservations wrong. And I hope one way or another he can either fix the abject shitshow we’re being served either through turning the dickheads in our squad around or by getting the higher ups to bin them the fuck off

    The deal is done so I say a very big welcome back to Mikel and all the fucking best to our resident LEGO hair

  14. Romford Pele

    Wish we had got this done earlier this week so Arteta would’ve had time with the players. First official game for him is on Boxing Day against Bournemouth.

    The only hope is that this appointment will galvanise the players and force them to up their level knowing they’re gonna have to fight for their places.

  15. Ishola70

    If Xhaka is sold to Hertha Berlin in January then it will be at a knock down price in comparison to how much Arsenal paid out for him.

    You just have to look at Hertha Berlin’s transfer history over several seasons.

    They are not big spenders to put it mildly.

    So has to be thoughts that these links are just media trolling again regarding Xhaka.

  16. Jamie

    Pizzazz incoming!

    Please, Mikel, bring back some one-touch football and inject some urgency into getting the ball forward into dangerous positions.

    And get rid of Ozil and Xhaka in January.

  17. Ernest Reed

    Even though i would have preferred a more experienced manager, Arteta has my full support. I wish him the best of luck as this assignment will not be an easy one as job one is to reverse the toxic environment that prevails on the pitch.

  18. Romford Pele

    I think for the first time in a long while as well the players won’t have the power. Fans are royally annoyed with them so they’ll pretty much back whatever decision Arteta chooses in terms of who plays, who’s on the bench and who gets sold.

  19. KAY Boss

    WELCOME ARTETA Enough of the negativity. whether you like his appointment or not he now represents the club on the global face. Some of you are the types who always go for experience over substance though I have no knowledge of what he brings. I’m in full support for Mikel and will gladly criticize or praise him accordingly.
    If you already have a fixed opinion (negatively) on him nothing will please u.

  20. Victorious

    Mikel Arteta:” My first task will be to get to know the players better and get them playing the kind of fast flowing, attacking football that Arsenal supporters around the world want to see.””

    He does anything close to this and he instantly becomes a Legend

    I’m chuffed.

  21. Gentlebris

    ‘And get rid of Ozil and Xhaka in January.’

    Ozil would spill blood to defend his mega buck. You ain’t see nothing yet with Emery.

  22. Pierre

    Edu
    “sick to death of reading bull shit negative comments about his appointment”

    You will find that most negative comments are from the people who backed Emery to the bitter end.

    They will continue on this line for the foreseeable future until reality sets in and they reach the conclusion that Arteta is the correct appointment.

    For Arteta to be truly successful , he will need to have control and the final say on incomings and outgoings.

    I hope he stipulated this in his interview or we will end up with another load of signings that do not suit our style of play and will be back to square one.

    Exciting times at the club at long last

  23. PieAFC

    He’s saying all the right thing, has all the attributes in his locker according to some greats.

    Now time to be positive, buy into his ideas and let him find his way.

    We’ve been so bad, the only way is up. I hope he instilled fear into the senior players who’ve had it easy for far too long and everyone starts to realize what it’s all about.

    I think Arteta knows how lucky he is to be given this chance and I don’t he will LET ANYONE mess with his ethos on how to be a successful coach.

    I hope he culls and picks players that are based around what he wants. If you don’t do it. GTFO.

  24. PieAFC

    If it goes right le-Grove 2023 post “Arteta leads Arsenal to Second in the league. 4 games to go with a game in and”

    If it goes wrong guest post by Geoff “Pedro has gone into hiding – #findpedro”

  25. Cesc Appeal

    Yeah there just no way with this current squad Arteta can introduce fast flowing, high intensity football with a territory defence style approach.

    He needs to be backed in the transfer market and many of the senior players need to be got rid of.

  26. China1

    And yeah tbh in a way arteta benefits from inheriting not only low expectations but as you say the fans hate most of the squad so if he dumps off pretty much any of the senior players the fans will be supportive

    Apart from the tiny enclaves left of ozil fanboys who are diminishing by the week, he basically has license to do what he wants with or without the players approval

    That’s the upside to inheriting this mess. Good luck Mikel.

  27. jwl

    Joke Friday –

    A boy says to a girl, “So, sex at my place?”

    “Yeah!”

    “Okay, but I sleep in a bunk bed with my younger brother, and he thinks we’re making sandwiches, so we have to have a code. Cheese means faster and tomato means harder, okay?”

    Later on the girl is yelling, “Cheese cheese, tomato tomato!”

    The younger brother says, “Stop making sandwiches! You’re getting mayo all over my bed!”

  28. Jeff

    It makes no difference whether you rush to announce you support for Arteta or not. The only question you should be asking is whether or not he is qualified to do the job. Given that we (the eternal mugs) at Arsenal were the only ones to even entertain Arteta as a serious solution to all our problems, and also the fact that he has zero experience at managing anyone at all, it means that your “support” is nothing more than blindly casting a net into a pond about which the only thing we know is that it has no fish. The only difference between “supporting” and “praying” in this context is the way each word is spelt. It’s no different from filling in a lottery ticket. I support your right to do it but it doesn’t mean you’re going to win.

  29. DaleDaGooner

    Pedro has his sauce knob all over the place, he’s jizzing sauce all over the walls and on napkins with this Arteta confirmation….

  30. Ishola70

    Jeff

    The solace for many is that he is seen as an Arsenal appointment.

    In-house to some extent.

    Anyway good luck to him not just for Arsenal but for Pedro as well!

  31. China1

    Jeff nobody said it means arteta will be successful you miserable git

    It means that the decision has been made and we don’t want to sit in a pool of tears complaining about it. He may or may not do well but he’s just got through the door and extending him a fair chance now that he’s here is just common sense

  32. DaleDaGooner

    I am hoping Arteta works out….with the players we have and the executives, he will struggle, i just hope he has the magic inspite of…..

  33. China1

    Jeff the time to ask if arteta is qualified has now officially passed.

    We know he doesn’t have a resume so doesn’t meet many fans definition of qualified but it doesn’t contribute anything asking that after the decision has been made

    If he does well it will have proved that he was actually qualified all along and just didn’t have the evidence to show it.

    If he does badly then sooner or later the fans will turn, he’ll be sacked and likely so too with Raul for taking this gamble

    Let’s see how it works out

  34. CG

    Pierre

    “””” and they reach the conclusion that Arteta is the correct appointment.”””””

    We all thought he was the right appointment – then Steve Round appeared.

    The man who was on the books at Villa when they got relegated

    the man who went with Moyes at Man Utd and didnt last 8 months!

    Arteta could choose anyone.
    Anyone…. but he choose this perpetual Looser.

    Whats the bloody Question- when Steve Round is the answer?

    What will the top players think- when he gets the clipboards out again?
    they have had 18 months of that nonsense

    A staggering appointment.

    I hope PedRo is blistering in his criticism of it.

    if Chelsea or Spurs appointed Round as No.2 we would not stop sniggering.

    Absolutely horrifying thought to see him sitting in The AFC dugout!

  35. China1

    Pedro is definitely suffering from the dull ache of jerkers remorse after soiling five different socks in the last 2 hours

    Will Mikel actually set the team up for the weekend game or does Freddie have this due to the lack of prep time?

  36. Romford Pele

    “Will Mikel actually set the team up for the weekend game or does Freddie have this due to the lack of prep time?”

    He’s not had a training session. Both him and Ancelotti in the stands. First official game will be Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

  37. Jeff

    China1,

    You are just expounding mitigating words in the event of failure – which is guaranteed. It’s not a plan. It’s not sufficient to say the decision is made so we have to go along with it. If the decision is bad, the result will be bad and the probability of failure is almost 100%. It would be a miracle for Arteta to be the solution to the problems we have been facing for the last 17 years. The more our problems increased, the lesser qualified manager we went for. How does that make any sense?

    I defy anyone to put themselves on an operating table and prefer a novice to an experienced surgeon. The only proof of being able to do the job is experience – and Arteta has none. So I have no idea how Pedro’s daily sermons on the merits of Arteta have suddenly lobotomised the entire blog.

  38. Jeff

    A novice can never ever – not in a million years – inspire big players. There is no history, no pedigree, no success, no trophies to speak of. What will Arteta appeal to when he’s ordering players to do X, Y or Z. Who’s going to take him seriously? We know how big egos can be. The manager has to ooze success and unyielding authority. None is present in Arteta and won’t be for a very long time. Who gets thrown at the deep end if they haven’t even been in a bath tub yet?

  39. Danny

    If we play out from the back tomorrow then Arteta can fuck off!
    If we start tomorrow with either Ozil, Mustafi, Luiz or Xhaka, then Arteta can fuck off!

  40. China1

    On what grounds is the probability of failure almost 100%?

    The probability of failure is largely unknown. That’s specifically the risk associated with him. That he’s an unknown quantity.

    For you to say he’s going to fail would make him a known quantity. Like hiring emery/wenger back or giving the job to Alan pardew lol

    You don’t have to like the appointment or agree with it. But you not liking it and him being an unknown quantity in no way guarantees he will fail anymore than Pedro writing 2000 puff pieces about him guarantees he will succeed

    Breathe dude.

  41. Victorious

    Arteta won’t be in charge for tmaos match and I’m not expecting much from the game anyway, BIG Dunc has them all gunz blazing.. They could tear us apart.

    Freddie hasn’t a clue.

  42. China1

    Jeff yeah so he has a bunch of senior players who likely won’t reslect him. Except that those players are some of our worst performers (auba aside) and are hugely unpopular with the fans

    If he decides to kick xhaka ozil and Luiz our of the team because they don’t respect him, who here will be complaining except one or two?

    In their places he can promote youth players who will listen and in time make signings the same.

  43. Jeff

    “On what grounds is the probability of failure almost 100%?”

    Success is a function of experience. With experience there is some probability of success but with zero experience, there is no chance of success.

  44. Left testicle

    Granit Xhaka
    Available for selection after concussion sustained during West Ham United (a).
    …………….
    How can the medical team tell if Xhaka has recovered?

  45. PueAFC

    Victorious

    It’s not Freddie having a clue.

    He’s having to work with spoiled brats.

    He will play so many youth tomorrow you’ll see. Hasn’t been afraid to drop some talents for games.

  46. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Peter

    You have your wish …arteta.

    Buckle up , let’s see what occurs.

    I think some players will treat Freddie like a supply teacher and play. Up a bit.

  47. Left testicle

    Mesut Ozil
    Right foot. Sustained during Manchester City (h). Being assessed ahead of Everton (a).
    …………
    Surprise, surprise. Ozil has pulled a sickie already.

    Will Arteta be in the dug out tomorrow?

  48. China1

    And Jeff you’re making stuff up

    Most of us never ‘preferred’ to have the novice. That’s pedro’s Game

    I for one wanted Brenda. I’ve been agaibstvthe arteta appointment for 18 months now. But he’s just got the job so fighting it now is pointless. It’s like saying I’m going to go campaign against Boris Johnson the day after he easily wins the election.

    That campaign is only worth a damn up until the election. Immediately after he wins the campaign’s legs are taken from under it whether right or not, and there won’t be any point fighting against that until the opportunity arises at a later time in the months to come

  49. Victorious

    Jeff
    With experience there is some probability of success but with zero experience, there is no chance of success.”

    What a load of bollocks!

    Give the guy a chance and quit bitching already,i mean the cheek you’ve got on you for a guy who acted like a kid in a candy shop when we hired Emery,a very bland coach. You not one to miss on a good moan, are you?

  50. Romford Pele

    “If we play out from the back tomorrow then Arteta can fuck off!
    If we start tomorrow with either Ozil, Mustafi, Luiz or Xhaka, then Arteta can fuck off!”

    1) Arteta isn’t managing tomorrow’s game, it’s Freddie.
    2) Why are you treating playing out from the back as some sort of disease? There’s nothing wrong with it as long as it’s implemented well.
    3) It’s like you’re being deliberately obtuse.

  51. Victorious

    Iwobi to play a blinder against our non existent left back.
    Is Theo fit”

    Exactly my man,you just know Iwobi would be fired up and have a blinder, would absolutely find his shooting boots as well.. It’s been scripted

    Walcott is fit and we have no fit leftback..could be a painful viewing really

  52. Left testicle

    Fast flowing football with what is available…

    But Torreira-Guendouzi must sit and protect the back four.

    ——————Leno
    Bellend-Chambers-Holding-Saka
    ———Torreira-Guendouzi
    ——————ESR
    ——–Pepe-Auba-Martinelli

  53. Words on a Blog

    It will be interesting to see how Pedro evolves now that he has to move on from “narrative projection” to “actual evaluation” of Arteta.

    In the narrative projection phase, Pedro was free to project all manner of amazing virtues and impressive qualities onto Arteta. We had ManCity IP, we had Pep DNA, we had intelligent, modern football, we even had Arsenal legend.

    Now we will have Reality.

    I’m hopeful: if even half of Pedro’s predictions come to pass we’re in for a treat.

    But I have to say I expect that Pedro will have a bit of a come-down now that he is no longer able to freely construct Arteta narratives.

  54. Jeff

    China1,

    You’re mistaking my criticism of the appointment for me fighting. I’m not fighting because it’s done. But I’m pointing out that it was probably the stupidest decision since setting sail on the Titanic with fewer than 16 lifeboats.

  55. Marko

    If he sticks to his guns and that’s his philosophy, of playing fast attacking football, then I’m all for it because it surely means the end of the likes of Xhaka and Özil for example because there’s no way they could play that sort of football these days. So Mikel stick to your guns add some much needed pace and quality to the team and get rid of the players holding us back and I’ll be in your corner

  56. Leedsgunner

    Arteta isn’t my frst choice but I’m willing to back the team because I love the shirt first and foremost.

    It’s a huge huge risk that will either be considered a stroke of genius or a stroke of madness… only time will tell.

  57. Victorious

    Digital

    Regardless of how shit a Player is they always seem to turn the screw on when they face their formal employers

    Chances are Iwobi will have his best game for Everton yet tmao,watch out.

  58. InsideRight

    If someone has already posted this link, apologies for the duplication…

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50827317

    Reading this piece suggests to me that Arsenal have probably made the right decision in appointing Arteta. The article makes it seem he’s been trying to lead wherever he has gone and has pushed for changes at the clubs where he’s played. Arsenal need a side with character and if Arteta continues with the mindset he’s shown before, I don’t think it will be long before we see players starting to display leadership and accountability.

  59. Jeff

    “It’s a huge huge risk that will either be considered a stroke of genius or a stroke of madness… only time will tell.”

    Which of those is more likely?

  60. Chika

    “I defy anyone to put themselves on an operating table and prefer a novice to an experienced surgeon.”

    A novice highly rated by some of the best surgeons VS a vastly experienced surgeon with a 50% success rate.

  61. China1

    Iwobinho to score 7 and walnut to bag three hat tricks

    I’d ducking love it if Freddie gets a good win. I really want him to go out of this role on a high. He’s given his all and his effort and love for the club have never been in question.

    Cmon Freddie!

  62. Jeff

    “A novice highly rated by some of the best surgeons VS a vastly experienced surgeon with a 50% success rate.”

    Oh right. So as long as he comes recommended you’d go for a novice surgeon who’s never picked up scalpel before. OK. Keep going.

    What do you expect other managers to say? Oh he’s shit, don’t hire him? They will never say stuff like that and you know it. But in private, they’re probably laughing their bollocks off.

  63. Leedsgunner

    If we put the rose coloured glasses and the wishes of goodwill aside, the job at Arsenal is a huge one.

    Our squad is badly balanced in midfield and defence.
    No spine to speak of.
    No central defenders worthy of a top side.
    Our highest paid player is terribly inconsistent.
    A team unable to last 90 minutes of football.
    No starting fullbacks who are good enough.

    I wish Arteta well like most but let’s not kid ourselves the odds are stacked against him… and no, he doesn’t have really time to get it right.

  64. Romford Pele

    “I wish Arteta well like most but let’s not kid ourselves the odds are stacked against him… and no, he doesn’t have really time to get it right.”

    Of course he has time. He got a longer contract than Emery because the acknowledgment is that we’re in the gutter and it’s gonna take time to get things right. He’ll need to bin the ones he doesn’t like, implement a new style of play and get us looking more coherent. It’s not gonna happen overnight.

  65. Marc

    “the hottest one for me is that Granit Xhaka has told friends that he’s off in January”

    Pedro – you better not be prick teasing me with this one.

  66. Marko

    Unai Emery on #Arteta: “He really is prepared to make that next jump. He has been at Arsenal before, he’s been in the Premier League and he has been working with Pep Guardiola. I do believe this is a good decision and I would also like it to be a good decision.”

    Gotta say very classy. Gonna watch the first Arsenal press conference in years at 5. Mikel Arteta show me your best suit

  67. Leedsgunner

    Choosing Arteta is like asking a pupil barrister with a first class law degree to conduct a complex multimillion pound fraud case on his own because the head of his chambers says he will be a good barrister one day.

    It’s a huge huge risk.

    Personally I would have gone for Vieira or Bergkamp but, Arteta it is. Let’s see what he can do.

  68. Chika

    “It would be a miracle for Arteta to be the solution to the problems we have been facing for the last 17 years.”

    Last 17 years? 😂

    Ok so as at the time of his appointment, did you believe the vastly experienced Emery would have solved the problems we faced in the “last 15 years”?

  69. Tom

    Granit Xhaka
    Available for selection after concussion sustained during West Ham United (a).
    …………….
    How can the medical team tell if Xhaka has recovered?

    —————
    Simple. They boo him when he comes in for evaluation and if he tells them to fuck off , then he’s fit to play.

  70. Marko

    the hottest one for me is that Granit Xhaka has told friends that he’s off in January

    I’m so fucking happy. You can’t tell but I’m smiling so much at the thought of being rid of that donkey finally.

  71. DigitalBob

    Victorious – it’s not happening, I’d possibly fear Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin against our terrible backline as they are ballers but Iwobi and Walcott will not trouble us as they ain’t got “it” in them to, we know this already.

  72. Guns of SF

    Well bring on the Arteta era.
    Lets see what happens.

    Tomorrow its Freddies swansong. Poor guy- never was given the tools to succeed.

    Anyhow, Lets see what Arteta comes up with next weekend.

    Im more excited about selling some shit players and maybe getting one or two in

  73. Gentlebris

    Jeff, what is the purpose of your criticism of a coach that has already been announced and just now?

    Get behind the team and pray you are wrong.

  74. DaleDaGooner

    Oh right. So as long as he comes recommended you’d go for a novice surgeon who’s never picked up scalpel before. OK. Keep going.

    I don’t get this analogy..never picked up a scalpel before? To be a surgeon at all, even at the tertiary level, you must have picked up a scalpel even if it was on a cadaver .

    In regards to our new coach, all indication from Pep and many others are he knows his shit and is capable of being a manager. Frank Lampard may have had a head start, but he his experience was dicey at best and look, he isn’t doing to bad as a coach of Chelsea.

  75. Jeff

    “Ok so as at the time of his appointment, did you believe the vastly experienced Emery would have solved the problems we faced in the “last 15 years”?”

    Emery is more qualified than Arteta because at the very least he had experience at a top club PSG. Emery failed at Arsenal. So what does your logic tell you? If someone with experience fails, another with no experience will succeed? As I said, the entire blog has been lobotomised.

  76. Victorious

    Jeff, what is the purpose of your criticism of a coach that has already been announced and just now?Get behind the team and pray you are wrong.”

    What nonsense! I mean why should you try and stop something so amusing and entertaining?

    Don’t mind him Jeff..keep the meltdown on, I’m absolutely loving it

  77. Aussie Gooner

    “I also want to thank Freddie Ljungberg for skilfully guiding us through the last three weeks.”

    When your owners say this you know you are in trouble. No Gooner wants Arteta to fail, just like they did not want Wenger, Emery or Freddie to fail – but they did. I will get behind Arteta and hope for the best. He will need to show a strong hand and make the difficult decisions. He must realise by now that he will also be fighting the owners, board and executive to get the players he wants. I don’t see this happening based on prior experiences.

    However, I am entitled to think that the club could have done better with an experienced managerial appointment. It’s called an opinion!

  78. Ishola70

    Marko
    “the hottest one for me is that Granit Xhaka has told friends that he’s off in JanuaryI’m so fucking happy. You can’t tell but I’m smiling so much at the thought of being rid of that donkey finally.”

    Shame though that the midfield as a whole is in such a state.

    Getting rid of his sorry arse is only the first phase.

    And the next phase looks to be an outside solution.

    Buy.

  79. Marko

    Personally I would have gone for Vieira or Bergkamp but, Arteta it is. Let’s see what he can do.

    Here’s the thing with your initial risk assessment (which is correct) you can’t then offer up Bergkamp as an alternative to Arteta since he too is just an assistant and never been a manager. Vieira even as a manager was a risk.

    In my opinion it is probably the best scenario if Allegri or Poch weren’t available. Only other person I would have considered was Gio Van Bronkhorst but again another risk. Ultimate favorite for the job was Rose or Nagelsmann but midseason wasn’t going to happen

  80. Guns of SF

    This Midfield will not win shit
    Torr, Guen, Xhaka, Ceballos, Willock

    is that world class to anyone?

    This is the root of our problems.
    Need to change this shit up fast.
    Sell Torr if he wants out as well. Not built for EPL- has heart but Serie A is better for him.

  81. Romford Pele

    “Ultimate favorite for the job was Rose or Nagelsmann but midseason wasn’t going to happen”

    These would’ve been good shouts but can’t get them midway through the season with both their sides going for the title. I think Nagelsmann spoke about building a dynasty at leipzig as well as they’re a relatively new club. Plus they have a lot of money and has only been there six months so don’t get why he’d leave at this stage.

  82. Chika

    “So what does your logic tell you? If someone with experience fails, another with no experience will succeed? ”

    lol I hope to God you’re only trolling.

    Listen mate, there are no guarantees, Arteta is here, wipe your tears.

  83. Jeff

    “I’m absolutely loving it”

    I hope you’ll be loving it when we’re getting smacked 5:0 and Arteta isn’t satisfying your needs.

  84. Jeff

    The real tears will come when we see no discernible difference in performance or results. I don’t have any tears. I am merely pointing out some things to the intellectually challenged but I see I’m getting nowhere.

  85. Jeff

    Oh yeah. Stop complaining. Get behind the team. Wish him good luck.

    What utter nonsense. When did any of that make the blindest bit of difference?

  86. Aussie Gooner

    It should not be Xhaka telling his mates that he is off in January – it should be the club telling him HE IS OFF in January!

  87. Wasi

    Romford
    Dont think Nelson would be a good fit at the #10 role. Is not good enough on the half turn like which is a basic requirement for the #10. I think he is more of a modern inverted winger. He’s got goals in him. Just needs to play with more confidence for now i think. Like Saka and Martinelli.

    Arteta will probably first have to play friends with the senior players at Arsenal before he starts taking shots at the poor ones. Give them their chance and let them fail themselves. Im sure he is smart enough to take the right approach. According to Orny he stated that these players are not far behind if compared with City players individually. + Wants to know the players better and play attacking football. Good start. Dont be baffled if he gives chances to the likes of Xhaka and Mustafi. He’s got no authority yet to just come in and start making changes which someone like Mourinho/Ancelotti would of had.

  88. MidwestGun

    I keep hearing.. well I wanted, Poch, Brenda, Allegri, etc… Those dudes weren’t ever gonna come here mid season.. and we can not wait until the summer. The team was tanking hard. If Ozil or Xhaka leaves because of Arteta.. and we replace him this January.. This could well turn out to be brilliant.
    Best time for a new coach really… expectations for me anyhow… are show improvement by end of season and don’t get relegated.. that’s it. Then reset this summer by getting rid of senior players with bad attitude. and lets go at it next season. Y’all are getting way too caught up in agendas based on how Emery was treated and all this top 4 talent or not debate… Makes Zero fuckin difference in regards to going forward. Its a rebuild in my mind at this point. Chance to do better then previous season left when we lost Europa final at end of last season in my mind. Our best players are youth so to be honest I don’t get all the angst: it will take time. There is no magic manager who would be everyone’s consensus. People were bashing the shit out of Klopp on here all those years ago when he was looking for a job.. Pep gets bashed on the regular.
    I like that people keep saying Arteta will do this and Arteta will do that.. and then say we shouldn’t get him because he is unknown with no experience … seems like you just said you know what will happen? huge logical flaw.

    Nobody has been lobotomized Jeff.. just giving the guy a chance and hoping for the best.. same thing I would do with anyone appointed. Your acting as if they appointed … somebody unrelated to football at all. Assistant managers with no head manager experience have been successful before in football.

    Also Welcome Back Romford Pele! I was needing some drinking buddies back.. 😀 How you been?

  89. Leedsgunner

    Jeff

    Your cautionary stance is not lost on everyone… I for one think this job will be probably too big for an absolute novice like Arteta.

    By saying this, I’m not criticising Arteta but stating a fact.

    He is an absolute novice and I for one cannot believe we’ve given to the controls to someone who now needs to learn everything on the job.

    We’re back to HOPING for the best rather than hiring the best and making our chances of success higher.

  90. MidwestGun

    Arteta wont be the messiah.. no manager would have been. Its going to take time and investment in the Club. Other then Pedro I don’t believe anyone thought Arteta is going to come in like the baby Jesus.

  91. Marc

    Leeds

    “Personally I would have gone for Vieira or Bergkamp ”

    For about the nine hundredth time I’ve said this to various on here Bergkamp can never be Arsenal manager. He will not fly, not he doesn’t fancy it or well if he took the job he’d have to – HE WILL NOT FLY.

    How the hell is he supposed to manage a team in Europe on a Wednesday night and then be around for the training Thursday and Friday prior to a massive match on Saturday if the train journey back is going to take two days?

  92. Chika

    Another was saying he wouldn’t take Arteta due to his inexperience, which is fair enough but then goes on to say he’d prefer to have Bergkamp.

    It sort of feels like people are preparing their “I told you so”.