The international break is over and we wait for the injury news to filter through via dot com. I don’t know about you but I always read their updates in a Dalek voice waiting for the piece to finish, “If he does not recover by then, we will exterminate.” Or give him a big bowl of Smash because I have a feeling I sound more like one of the Martians.
You’ve probably got to be English.
Anyway, on the Arsenal front, it’s the backroom staff who are taking the headlines. Years ago, you had the
Yesterday, it was announced Sven Mislintat became technical director and Huss Fahmy (Huss Against?) is now head of football relations. What do their jobs entail that they didn’t previously? Who knows. However, I’m sure Sven and Huss are feeling jolly spiffy this morning and got a spring in their step.
Does this make a blind bit of difference to the squad? To be honest, I doubt it but going forward, it seems to be the right move. It’s brings us into the 21st century although there’s a nagging doubt that this harks back to the 1980s when everyone in marketing was a manager. No staff under them, but they were a manager.
We shall see.
Mislintat’s immediate task is identifying replacements for Danny Welbeck. Raul Sanllehi observed the club must “consider” all options in January despite preferring not to sign anyone. Eddie Nketiah’s name was floated as a potential ‘in-house’ solution.
Reiss Nelson, however, won’t be returning to the club. His stay in Hoffenheim will continue to the end of the season.
Will FA Proposals Really Help English Players?
It’s no surprise Mislintat is taking on more seniority. He was part of the three-man team who selected Unai Emery. They didn’t hear a bad word about the Spaniard but I suspect no-one spoke to Spartak. The club’s then-owner royally put the boot into him at the time.
Not that it matters. Emery is here now and doing a good job; long may that continue.
Which brings us back to Reiss Nelson, sort of. The Football Association decided ‘Brexit’ was a time to finesse the homegrown player rules. It’s objective is to reduce the number of non-homegrown players to 13 in each 25-man Premier League squad.
We’ve currently got 15 players and can easily reduce that to 13 through natural wastage. However, if the FA do follow this course there are potential problems ahead.
In Arsenal’s case, I don’t know if it will increase the playing time of English players. Nelson, for example, is one I’d expect to feature regularly next season. Nketiah might, but I guess the question is whether it’s a good move for English football?
The FA wants to improve the playing time of youngsters, which is fine and a noble ideal. However, they may find the opposite is true. Rather than Nelson being allowed to go on a season-long loan, will Arsenal sit him in the Under-23s so that they don’t encounter any problems with the regulations?
Potentially, the FA’s intentions could have the opposite effect. One thing is for certain, the high valuations of domestic players which stunned Mislintat recently, aren’t likely to reduce any time soon.
That’s it for this morning. We’re almost back to normal with just four