Flippin’ Hec! He’s Out & Sven’s Off

Hector Bellerin’s season is over as he became the third first-team player to suffer a ligament injury. Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding can tell him about the journey upon which he will embark and keep him company along the way.

It leaves us very much down to the bare bones as far as capable right-backs are concerned. Ainsley Maitland-Niles is his name…we visited this yesterday and it’s safe to say there is a smattering of support for Jenks and most want him to be given a chance. That may come against Cardiff although I suspect it will be Lichtsteiner.

Be afraid, be very afraid…

I jest. Ish. Unai Emery has to ‘make do and mend’ or ‘make do while Hec mends’. It’s unlikely we’ll get anything from the transfer market and given our circumstances, expecting a defensive signing is unrealistic.

According to Ornstein, we’re making two loan signings. One is Denis Suarez and the other is unknown. It isn’t Hamez; he’s staying at Bayern Munich and in all honesty, if we can’t shoehorn Mesut Ozil into the line-up, there’s little chance of Rodriguez doing so.

The second deal? I’m sceptical, to say the least. Suarez is surplus to requirements at Barcelona and we’ve been linked with him for, well, forever. Yet three weeks in, nothing concrete has happened. It’s as close to a ‘gimme’ as we’re going to get and still transfer dealings remain akin to wading through a quagmire.

Sven You’re Smiling The Whole World Smiles With You

It won’t be helped by the impending departure of Sven Mislintat. He who ‘discovered’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at ‘tiny’ Saint-Etienne as well Ousmane Dembele after he scored 12 goals in Ligue Un with Rennes. Shinji Kagawa, with around 15 international caps for Japan.

That Sven. The point is not to dismiss his advice in signing those players for Dortmund at all but he didn’t discover them. Other people deserve that credit in the same way Klopp and his staff deserve credit for developing them as a player.

Sven gets his credit, so do others.

For us, identifying Guendouzi is surely the one where the narrative of ‘Diamond Eyes’ works. Leno, Lichtsteiner, Sokratis and to some extent Torreira, were all ‘safe’ buys. Established players but a 19-year-old from Ligue 2? That fits and chimes with the ‘old Arsenal’ which found similar players on a regular basis.

Diamond Eyes indeed. The real success he had at Arsenal was everyone throwing away their spreadsheets and picking up Football Manager once again. Watching YouTube for things other than pratfalls and porn became trendy as people sought out the latest gem from obscure second tier teams across the world. We all wanted Diamond Eyes.

Frankly, I find the eulogising of him to be weird, however. Is there a Stuart Wisely fanpage? There ought to be with all the pronouncements about transfer spend and FFP we’ve seen in the past.

Sod all interest in football.

I understand the change, of how the new structure was a breath of fresh air following the one-man band we were. However, the architect of the scheme fled before it was discovered he sold us a pup. His idea is morphing into something different again.

Heaven Knows I’m Mislintat Now

Marc Overmars is being touted as a technical director, a role which will replace/augment the future head of recruitment, depending upon who you believe.

Monchi’s in the running as well. His credentials were imperious at Sevilla but now he finds himself questioned at Roma. His success was wheeling and dealing, which makes him sound a bit like an Iberian ‘Arry Redknapp. Sky will be thrilled to get his thoughts from the window of his Seat Ibiza.

Reportedly replacing Mislintat will be Francis Cagigao, the Arsenal scout who apparently discovered the joy of sex. Sorry, Cesc. Be prepared to worship at the altar of St Francis.

Feelings of doom at Sven’s departure abound but it’s part of the adjustment process. When Arsene left, it was widely accepted there would be a turbulent season on the pitch. Ivan added to that mix by doing a runner almost immediately the dust settled.

We’ll be alright in the long-term. Arsenal FC existed long before these issues and will do so long after. That’s not to ignore or trivialise them, simply to put them in some kind of perspective.

The Arsenal wheel has turned full circle. After putting down Championship Manager to learn about Excel, we’re returning to the scouting network of Football Manager.

’til Tomorrow.

18 thoughts on “Flippin’ Hec! He’s Out & Sven’s Off

  1. Pete the Thirst says:

    Gatecrash the Jonny and Ras show

  2. Pete the Thirst says:

    Players have the natural talent that scouts spot. It’s the coaches and managers that bring the best or worst out of them. I have it on good authority that a number of the players are enjoying Emery’s input. On the flip many others probably aren’t.

    Still wondering what it is that Steve Bould does?

  3. Ras says:

    Great post YOGI..

    J t salute Pete

  4. consolsbob says:

    Sanity YW.

    Men in suits and tracksuits? The proof of the pudding is on the pitch.

    Of course we want good coaches and effective scouts. What’s new apart from job titles and inflated profiles and the wage that goes with that.

    Probably paid ten times more than their predecessors were 15 years ago dor doing the same job.

    Bloat. A curse of the modern world.

    Amongst so many others.

  5. Pete the Thirst says:

    It was until autocorrect got involved…and this is more apt…probably

    Should be Pete The First

  6. C says:

    Gelson Martins might be the other loan player we get. The winger we chased, based on reports, over the summer who signed for Atletico. With them set to sign Morata, he would be a good get to play on the wing opposite Aubameyang but also give us options to play he and Iwobi with Lacazette up top.

  7. Paulie Walnuts says:

    There’s no need to panic that Sven is leaving. What difference does it make ?

    Signings from Spain rather than Germany most likely.

    Good call on Guendouzi though , YW. Probably the best bit of cheap business we’ve done in yonks.

    I really think he’d do well deputising at right back too , although he would be missed in CM. He certainly has the skill set & stamina needed & has shown the ability to learn quickly.

  8. C says:

    Paulie Walnuts,

    Agree on Maitland-Niles, also think he gives us the attacking piece that Bellerin offers. Defensively I’m not as worried as some others have shown, he has that natural defensive side to him and its more about getting comfortable there and he has plenty of time to do that.

    Guendouzi is a good shout and Mavrapanos could be right up there but we will have to wait and see.

  9. ferkov says:


    No need to panick on the streets then.

    Don’t get the fuss really. We got more pressing issues.
    Like will Our man of the round from Blackpool get a look in?
    How will Mr Emery treat the FaCup? PL games midweek after, will OMGS risk his first team?
    Not that pressing if I’m honest. What’re s our signings ?Bloody Sven. Was he miserable?

  10. Paulie Walnuts says:

    Strongest side on Friday night please.

    We need momentum.

  11. C says:

    Spuds lose Alli to go along with Kane until March.

  12. C says:

    Reports say the Suarez moved has collapsed. I wonder if Emery was treating Ozil because he was thinking he would have Suarez from January forward and now with the deal breaking down, will he re-introduce Ozil?

  13. Blue Yonder says:

    I haven’t seen anything yet on why Sven is leaving. Anyone know?
    A short stay at Emirates so was he forced out due to cost cutting or something different?

  14. Aasim says:

    Please advice :

    – thoughts on Elneny. I find him to be a very competent player with a good engine, decent distribution and also someone capable of playing various positions. To me he is more than a decent backup for Xhaka / Guendouzi and also a better option over Stephen at CB. Should we sell him ?
    – to generate funds, realistically, what sellable assets do we have ? Chambers, Ozil, Kos – how much funds do we expect to take in if we sell these assets. Would we need to sell some of our “high potential youth players” to generate the necessary cash flow
    – the team today suffers from, I feel, a bad contract to Ozil, a one season hit (Mikhi), the atrocious signing of Stephen as cover at RB, loaning out Chambers. How many of the said decisions are down to Emery. The team today succeeds due to a better pressing system, more energy on the pitch, Torreira, Guendouzi, Sokratis, amongst others. Which of these can be attributed to Emery

  15. C says:

    This Cardiff City missing striker situation is quite sad. Lad finally starting to fulfill his potential and banging in goals and now his plane has gone missing and the outlook isn’t good on finding him alive.

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