The Battle of Wounded Knee and Arsène’s Future

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. We’ve all lived perfect lives in a perfect world with its’ benefit; becoming as boring as hell in the process. And never learned a damned thing either; knowing you can correct mistakes makes you lazy and uncaring.

Still, the number of Premier League titles Arsenal in the club’s ‘Roll of Honours’ increased and that’s all that matters. We weren’t robbed of Tomas Rosicky in his prime and Jack Wilshere is making his 600th appearance against Oestersunds FK on Thursday.

Celebrate good times, come on.

Arsène wishes he had hindsight before acting. He most certainly wouldn’t have sold Olivier Giroud had he known the situation with Alexandre Lacazette’s knee would occur. Wenger hinted that it must be why his compatriot hasn’t hit a cow’s arsenal with a banjo.

Which is just flim-flam from Sam the Sham. That’s a manager looking to protect a player, offering up excuses having, in my view, hung him out to dry previously. If he’s suffered a knee problem and not told anyone, it’s negligent on his part. While players want to play all the time, I’m pretty sure he’d want to have a problem sorted quickly in a World Cup season.

“Four to six weeks” before he returns, according to dot com. So, immediately that’s been extended to eight by everyone looking at the situation and Knackazette is now out until mid-April, instead of the end of next month as it should be. Oh, yea of little faith.

The door opens in Europe for Eddie! Eddie! Eddie! Danny Welbeck is the only player at the club who can lead the line in these games with PEA’s cup-tiedness getting in the way. But for this Round of 32, it’s a small irritation for Wenger. And a blessing; no selection problems in the EPL…

Think for a Minute

And for Wenger a welcome distraction. The main sporting heroes of the back pages, the fearless keyboard warriors of the truth, all came up with the same story yesterday. By pure coincidence, they wrote that the manager’s future is once more up for grabs this summer. Not beforehand, but this summer.

Sometimes it amazes me how they manage to pull together and in the same direction at the same time. It’s almost like they have a hive mind and were just awaiting the return of the Crystal Skull before putting fingers to keyboard.

Or they all got the same phone call from an Arsenal gopher. “Arsène’s toast…blah, blah, blah…winning trophies won’t save him…blah, blah, blah…Ivan is our leader and we all bow down before him…all hail the mighty Ivan!”; that kind of thing.

Ultimately, the decision over the manager’s future must be made this summer. As we’re still picking through the wreckage of the players’ contracts from previous mismanagement, it is a decision which can’t be kept secret either. The squad will want to know what is going on, so too new signings if they give a rat’s arsenal about which manager they are playing for. We’re frequently told he’s the reason everyone signs for the club, so it must be true.

Wenger said previously that he doesn’t want a trophy season. There’s no appeal for him in a valedictory parade around English grounds. Then again, he also claimed he didn’t want to be like Sir Bobby Robson – at the time 71 – and still managing, so what he says…

Does it serve Arsenal’s purpose in having the manager see out the final year? Not for footballing reasons, that’s for sure. He’d be a ‘lame duck’ but having got rid of troublemaker(s), is that an issue anymore?

If You Let Me Stay

If the manager stays beyond this summer, there can only be two reasons: Stan and Kroenke. There’s no secret that Ivan and Junior wanted the manager out last time around. The conflict for the manager to resolve is what benefit he has from seeing out the final year of his deal. Yes, he can say he never walked away from a contract – not through lack of trying in the past though – but in all honesty, does he need that final £12m in the bank, particularly with the grief it comes with.

The aphrodisiac of football management keeps him going and it’s why I can see him going to another club in an active role. There will also – most likely – be an international job or two going for him to choose from. That would be an equitable solution all round; there’s no ‘stigma’ on his part in moving to another club; international football is the testing ground most managers aspire to.

It works well for all and who knows, third time lucky, he might take the option of leaving on the back of a trophy-winning season.

There’s a long way to go between now and then though. And the one thing you can’t rule out is a new deal so under his spell is Stan. It just seems unlikely.

’til Tomorrow.

59 thoughts on “The Battle of Wounded Knee and Arsène’s Future

  1. Jonnygunner,

    I never said they didn’t deserve it but lets be honest, the match is different if Higuain buries that penalty, he didn’t and Spuds take their chances and did what they had to do. Trust mate, I have no problem with being called opinionated or wrong as we ALL are.

    I’m not sure why you said I’m too much or I didn’t take it on the chin. Personally, I could give a rats ass who won and having watched Juve throughout the years, it just felt like a typical Juve match especially when thry are done and injured.

    O well and so beit it.

  2. Morning YW, glad you added this little comment today:

    “Yes, he can say he never walked away from a contract – not through lack of trying in the past though”

    I get sick of hearing how he is so honourable that he never breaks a contract when in actuality he asked to leave Nancy for Monaco (and was refused) and later Monaco for Bayern (also refused). I’m not sure about his departure from Nagoya Grampus Eight, but I believe that may have also involved some form of mutual agreement to end his contract early (I’d be happy to be corrected if that’s wrong).

    Wenger may feel that he’s been loyal to Arsenal but receiving an extremely large salary and having total control of the football side of the club was pretty decent compensation. And AFC have been more than loyal to him in return. I hope he does walk away in the summer, sooner if we fail in the EL, and that all concerned can accept that this cosy arrangement has run its course.

  3. Keeping Giroud was not an option if Arsenal really wanted Aubameyang.
    Wasn’t it Borussia’s intention to let him go only if a suitable replacement could be found?
    Giroud didn’t want to leave London for personal reasons but Chelsea’s Batsu did.

    Didn’t Arsene once say he wasn’t interested in England or France job because he liked the aspect of the day to day involvement with a team a club level management offers?

    Maybe he can get the Madrid job he turned down so many times before
    ( allegedly ) , and show us all what he can do on a big budget.

    Personally, I’d pay money to see it.

  4. Good stuff though Yogi.

    Welbeck or Eddie, I wouldn’t be opposed to Eddie but I would actually prefer Nelson to Iwobu debate getting started….

    As far as Lacazette, I think there might have been an issue but it wasn’t the other parts of his game that were struggling that much, more his goal scoring because he still looked sharp. I do find it more entertaining watching Arsene say that is the reason for his misses despite the comments he made about the Aubameyang arrival and thr fact he subs him off every match even when were chasing a goal.

  5. Not sure where the giroud lacafrette link is yogi. We sold giroud to acquire pea. So we’d now either be going with giroud as our only striker which has failed before or pea, which we have now.

  6. Interesting post as ever Yogi, thank you.

    Just who is El Hombre Dorado? Calling Wenger The Golden Man can’t be right, surely. There’s nothing mythical about him.

  7. Good afternoon all. I see we still trying to negotiate our way out of the Cul de sac.

    What a difference a year makes. This time last season we were10 points off the top of the Team, still in the FA Cup and just still in the CL.

    This season we’re out of the FA Cup, out of the CL and 20 odd points behind the current top team.

    We are being cut adrift slowly but surely. When was the last time we were truly competitive for the PL at this time of the season?

  8. What we need is Wenger out as soon as possible. I respect those who have discovered Wenger’s flaws and have taken a stand against him. Like Ras pointed out, last season it wasn’t as bad as this, now we know we are in for the second season outside the top 4 already. It’s a festering sore.

  9. Well, if he was signed with an injury, I suppose that explains the 70 minute substitutions. Wenger trying to keep him going until the end of the season. Wether the player would want that is doubtful though.

    One more episode where we will probably never know the story.

  10. Tom,

    Maybe, but we hadn’t agreed terms on the Giroud deal when Aubameyang signed with us and Michy’s loan arrangement was agreed with Dortmund.

    I don’t think its specifically losing Giroud that is the issue for me, it’s that we let three goal scorers leave and signed one. It meant that we significantly reduced our cover, especially with Aubameyang being ineligible for the EL. We should either have kept one of them, or signed another goal scorer as cover. We played the usual gamble that we would be able to get by and it has come back to bite us in the arse yet again.

  11. Thanks for yet another good post YW. You deserve a trophy, honestly you do, and no, not a 4th place trophy.
    But I believe it was logical to allow Giroud leave even with the benefit of hindsight. Auba was an obvious upgrade on both Laca and Giroud IMHO. Yeah, maybe that was opportunistic deal, but I’m happy we completed the deal. And to the issue of hanging out Laca to dry, I’m left scratching my head! Nobody is assured of a spot was what AW said, not even the Great Laca. If Monsieur Laca couldn’t deal with that then, he could as well just mail in the rest of the season already. We’ve always wanted to see our players get a little kick up the arsenal when they’re fluffing their lines, Nope?
    Why should we complain now its happening? Honestly what was anybody expecting? That AW will proclaim his undying love for his countryman? Come on ,let’s talk about something different.
    Like how we hope the board is quietly going about their business in looking for an adequate replacement to usher us into the Post-Arsene era at the end of next season or…..

  12. Great post yogi.

    I thought PEA was eligible for the Europa league. Lacazette has not been scoring but he was still the option we have. If we advance deeper in the competition we will probably be the first team in the history of world football that has a LB for its most dangerous attacking player and leading scorer. I guess being the first team in history to do anything has some value.

  13. Arsene on Ramsey:

    ‘It’s a little bit a sensitive case because it doesn’t move forward as quickly as I expected it. ‘Today I would say certainly he will not be available even for the next game against Ostersund. Maybe for the cup final, I don’t know.’

  14. Arsene speaks some more:

    Of course you have heard about Lacazette. Apart from that Wilshere, Koscielny, Cech have stayed behind. Everyone else has travelled. One or two had recent problems. Koscielny with his Achilles, Wilshere as well.

    I don’t know what the pitch is about. I wanted to rest Jack because he was sick several times in the game against Spurs and felt he hadn’t fully recovered.

  15. Arsene on Welbeck:

    “It’s an opportunity for him to do well. I have seen today he is sharper than a long time.

    “He had to wait a little to get back into the team, but that gave him time to work on his fitness. He looks sharper than he has in a long time – he looks very sharp.”

  16. Emery just pulled a Arsene and dropped Thiago Silva the clubs Captain and one of the best CB’s in the world for a 22 years old PSG youth product.

  17. The Lacazette conundrum. When you look at the characters of a number of the top strikers at Arsenal/ PL a good many have had an edge, we can see.defiance in them. Wright, Anelka, Henry are 3 who come to mind straight away. All 3 are different to Lacazette. I would in elemental terms describe them as fiery. Lacazette is a lot more languid and is like water. He’s never going to be a Wrighty, Costa Duncan Ferguson.

    He’s a good striker and has to score goals obviously which In turn will help him to assert himself on the pitch.

    Who knows how feels and is thinking. PEA is signed, he’s injured and knows that AW had been fishing around Lyon for him for the last 2 years.

    He’s not scored for 12-13 games? It’s not like there have been an abundance of chances made and missed for him, where by criticism of him would be justified. My tanners worth.

  18. Ras,

    Its funny people are killing Lacazette but I wonder if those same people realized that in Suarez’s first half season he only scored 4 goals then in his first full season playing 30 PL matches he only scored 11 goals or something like that.

    Or I wonder if those same people realize that Aguero scored 20 goals his first season but then his 2nd and 3rd he only scored 12-15 goals and then figured it out against in his 4th season and hasn’t looked back.

    Patience with Lacazette is what I would tell people.

  19. That’s shambolic defending from La Celco on Kroos, he clearly pulls him back and its the 2nd time he has done that and is really really lucky to have not received a 2nd yellow.

    Ronaldo buries it and makes it 1-1

  20. For tomorrow, I want to see:

    Macey
    Bellerin—-Mustafi—-Chambers—-Sead
    ——-Elneny——–Maitland-Niles
    —————Ozil——————-
    Nelson—-Welbeck——–Mhkitaryan

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Welbeck on the flanks with Nketiah at CF but certainly Nelson over Iwobi and Maitland-Niles over Xhaka

  21. Arsene on Ozil starting:

    “Yes. At some stage it has to be his first game in this competition. He wants to do well in this competition.

    “When you go into a competition it is to try to win it, no matter where we are in the league. The pressure might be higher maybe but we try to go as far as we can.”

  22. Arsene on where he prefers and thinks is Welbeck’s best position:

    “[Playing centrally] is where I prefer him personally and it is where I believe that he has an opportunity to do well,”

  23. Interesting and it looks like Emery is going defensive by bringing on a RB in Meunier for Cavani and he pushed Dani Alves as a midfield

  24. This is the first time I have seen a match stopped because the ref takes a pass off the head.

    Liverpool are ripping Porto to pieces with their front 3 all scoring. I know Firmino doesn’t get nearly the plaudits that Coutinho, Salah and Mane get but I think Firmino is a brilliant player. I mean in the CL he is only behind Ronaldo (9) and Kane (7) on the goal scoring table to go along with his 12 goals and 6 assists in the PL.

  25. That’s an impact sub for you, Asensio’s pace gets behind the PSG back 4 and he slides it for Ronaldo to tap in.

    Interestingly enough, the player that Emery replaced Thiago Silva with made the poor clearance that led to the goal

  26. Asensio with another impactful cross that Marcelo buries to make it 3-1.

    If PSG get knocked out by Madrid, Emery is getting sacked which could potentially lead to Arsene being asked to take over for PSG since those are his mates……

  27. People are going to question 2 moves by Emery that have honestly led to the goals for PSG:

    1. Dropping their Captain Silva whose replacement has been shaky at times and his horrid clearance/pass was Xhaka like and led directly to Asensio’s cross for Ronaldo’s 2nd.

    2. Taking off Cavani and bringing on a RB Meunier and moving Dani Alves higher up the pitch instead of bringing on say Draxler. Meunier has been torched since he’s been on and Madrid’s 2nd and 3rd goals have come from Asensio getting behind him and getting in crosses for Ronaldo and then Marcelo to bury

  28. Interesting that none of the other PL sides seem to be having the difficulty that Arsene had for something like seven seasons running in the first CL knockout round. That despite their having considerable less experience in the competition.

  29. Liverpool does not really have a top quality #10 in their line up today and not a whole lot of quality creative midfielders anywhere in their squad. We have 2 and perhaps 3 world class #10’s in our regular starting line up. Despite our overwhelming advantage in the midfield quality and creativity, they are certainly more entertaining to watch and definitely better then we are at scoring goals. I think the difference is they play the game at a much higher tempo and because of that their goals scorers get better opportunities and they are more effective even though on paper they don’t have anywhere close to our level creative talent in their squad. No way to know but I suspect if Lacazette played for Liverpool he would be scoring lots of goals and if Mo Salah played for Arsenal he would be the one who has struggled to score.

  30. Arsene is clearly the captain of the ship and he rightfully gets most of the blame for everything that goes wrong. However, it does not really make sense to give the players all the credit for taking apart Crystal Palace but then give Arsene all of the blame when those same players completely lay an egg in the next league game against bottom of the table Swansea. I am 100% certain that Arsene did not tell the players to attack against Crystal Palace and then tell them to slow everything down and go into tippy tappy mode against Swansea. I am sure that instead of working on defense, Arsene spent his training sessions between those games working to perfect the quick passing and up tempo movement that was so successful against Crystal Palace. However for some reason, the players fail to execute the things they did well against Crystal Palace and they throw on a massive handbrake in the very next game against Swansea . I wish I understood why that happens.

  31. The 3-3 home draw against Liverpool demonstrated the same Jekyll and Hyde type performances in the same game. Despite us have 2 world class #10’s on the pitch, they dominated the game and controlled the tempo for about 75 minutes. However for some reason we found an intravenous dose of Red Bull that lasted about 15 minutes during which time we scored 3 goals and somehow came out of the game with a draw.

  32. Since he’s a Chelsea player now, if you wanna talk about impact subs lets look at Asensio……came in flipped the match on its head and won it for them.

  33. May be PSG will be desperate enough to offer Arsene a really big contract and he can leave with the mutual consent of everyone involved. Hope springs eternal.

    A change of scenery might actually do Arsene a world of good if he can shake off stale mindset and the cobwebs that he has allowed to develop with Arsenal during this decade.

  34. Bill,

    Arsene may well have very close connections with PSG but given their aim to win the CL combined with Arsene’s poor record in that competition (has any other manager had more attempts and failed to win it?) I would expect that ultimately their heads will rule their hearts and they would see the folly of appointing Arsene.

  35. Jonnygunner,

    The universal panacea!!

    As it happens one of the reasons for my sunny disposition this morning was the consumption of a platefull of bacon, sausage, eggs, baked beans and fried bread…..followed by…..you guessed it….toast and….marmalade! 🔔🔔🔔

  36. He did say if they were desperate enough, Andy!

    Anyway, today’s here: https://wp.me/p3nJ9V-6Yn

    Yesterday’s photo: El Dorado, starring Robert Mitchum. Bob was a ghostwriter for an astrologer to the stars in the early days, can’t remember the guy’s name. Anyway, said astrologer warned Marlene Dietrich not to appear on a film set for fear of bad luck. She ignored the advice and she broke her ankle in a fall.

    I’m guessing Arsene referred to Mystic Meg and decided to believe the warnings of doom that she imparted on playing Jack.

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