So there you have it; Chicken Little runs the world. As a shareholder in a tin hat manufacturer, I am looking forward to the next dividend payment; it’s going to be a stonker.
Sack the manager! And the coaching staff! Sack the board! Get more football people on the board! Get Tuchel! Or Allegri! I’ll still be supporting the next manager while you’re still moaning! No you won’t, you’ll be supporting another club!
None of this can happen, of course, because everyone’s been sacked. Arsène was fashionably late meeting the press, which was nothing unusual but I suspect that the Arsenal website had far more viewers of the live feed than is normal.
Headlines deplore the club’s decision for allowing the players to have yesterday off, despite only touching down at Luton at 1am on Thursday morning. They got their reaction with photos of Alexis flying to Barcelona (not Italy) with “a friend” (for a court case) but he’s expected back at training tomorrow. Photos will be scanned in case he’s got a shiny new Juventus/Barcelona crest tattooed on his biceps or calf. Of course, going back is never a good thing and there’s no suggestion on my part that he’s doing anything other than getting his backside kicked by the Spanish taxman.
Wenger is already focussing on Monday’s trip to the Surrey commuter heartlands and the team he fields will be “normal”, which frankly tells you nothing. Per Mertesacker will presumably come in to organise the defence for an hour by which time you’d hope we’d be out of sight and any subsequent collapse will add nothing more than a touch of respectability to the scoreline.
I know you like to put things into perspective. Was that the worst performance during your time at the club?
The questions must be asked, of course, given that the club curtailed the midweek post-match presser to just three minutes. And I think we’re forgetting that after the initial brain-freeze from Coquelin, the players responded in exactly the manner we wanted, pulling themselves into contention with the equaliser and spurning the opportunity to take the lead through Mesut Özil. The German’s agent felt that he was taking too much flak for the defeat. “There were ten other players on the pitch you know”, was the general thrust of Mr20%’s comments.
But there weren’t ten others who cost £42m, missed what was a fairly routine chance before half-time and nor are many of the other ten players holding up contract talks to see what happens with the manager’s future or who replaces him. That’s why he’s getting flak; that and not being as overwhelmingly brilliant as he was for the first half of last season. Even then, most of the criticism of Özil has been grounded in the team selection, underlining that he and Iwobi are a luxury that we can ill-afford in the big games.
Precious is a word which sprang to mind reading the comments, and not in the Lord Of The Rings sense either.
I will decide my future in March / April
Yes, Arsène confirmed that those words passed his lips this week. Of course, much depends on the rest of the season; lose on Monday night and the answer to the previous question changes.
One thing he has stated, is that he will be managing next season, “whether it is here or somewhere else”. It’s not a “real problem”, but Wenger has no intention of retiring. That solves one problem at the club; he won’t cast a shadow over the new manager nor will his successor be “Arsène’s Puppet”. Things change, we know that; Stan could change his mind but Arsène would have to as well.
When Tottenham went down that route, Wenger spoke out vociferously that he would not accept that circumstance at Arsenal. If he manages elsewhere – in Paris most likely although Barcelona is being mentioned as a possible destination, he goes into a structure where the sporting director is an ingrained part of the culture and he will have to put up with the inconvenience for another couple of years.
It does put “Arsène FC” supporters in a bit of a pickle though. If he goes to Paris, they will have to delete the thousands of vituperative tweets about football doping rather quickly…
The playlist for 1991 is still alive and kicking, Situation No Win was quite a popular lyric that year. I lifted it from BAD II but Thousand Yard Stare also used it in 0 – 0 AET.