Football, don’tcha just love it? Niko Kovac may beg to differ this morning after the Bayern Munich coach became the former Bayern Munich coach. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the club’s CEO, essentially said things weren’t right and now was the time to act.
So they did. Eighteen months into Kovac’s contract.
The final straw came in a 5 – 1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt. That’s the same Eintracht Frankfurt who are soon to visit the Emirates.
Are Enos and Junior listening?
Some argue against sacking Emery because ‘Arsenal aren’t that sort of club’. Yet Bayern were exactly the club we wanted to be according to snake oil salesman Gazidis. And without exception, everyone agreed at the time.
Will the Raul and Edu act?
As a delicious aside, Bayern pulled off an outstanding homage to 1980s British sitcoms by appointing Hans-Dieter Flick to head coach, albeit on a temporary basis. Herr Flick has taken charge. The club is searching for a replacement but the terms of appointment are quite restrictive. Apparently, no-one called Mainwaring has managed a Champions League club yet…
It follows a weekend where Jose Mourinho was heavily linked with being the next Arsenal boss. His PR man Duncan Castles, declared in the previously esteemed The Times that the Portugeezer recently dined with Raul and the head coach role was discussed. Just the current coach to sack and the job was his.
Social media duly obliged with a meltdown. It was so typically Mourinho; divisive, setting brother against brother, father against son, while complete strangers received the usual vile abuse.
It definitely was typically Mourinho. In an unusual move, Arsenal issued a flat denial of the story. The pair didn’t dine together and haven’t spoken in five years. Avenue shutdown and door to the club slammed firmly in the Special One’s face.
One Door Closes, Another One Shuts Too
This morning sees more stories emerge in equally unreliable newspapers that the Arsenal squad is split over Emery.
Some like him, others don’t understand him. The usual sorts of stories usually attributed to unsettled players. Ones who are unfairly – in their eyes – left out of the starting line-up.
This time, I’m not sure that’s the case since the one who believes he has been unfairly treated is back in the line-up.
So, we’re left with works of fiction attributed at their core to completely made up people. It’s the media looking at social media and taking their cue, fixing up to get clicks by the bucketload.
And we fall for it every time.
At the heart of the matter is whether a Arsenal is a modern club or one straddling too footballing eras with the gap growing ever wider: The Arsenal Way.
The one where the club stands by struggling managers until the bitter end, waiting for the end of the season. Terry Neill and Don Howe May beg to differ.
The trouble is that The Arsenal Way no longer exists. It’s a mural wrapped around the stadium to hide the stone cladding and a marketing scheme to make the new home more desirable.
It was left in Highbury when the doors closed after all the furniture was moved out, rattling around with the ghosts of the past.
The Arsenal Way was down to the people. Football continues to evolve further away from the ideals of the past. It’s a good thing for fans to remember traditions and how we used to be. It’s bad for Arsenal to operate in the same way.
We’re At The Crossroads and The Devil Wants To Deal
There is a suggestion that Emery has a month to save his job. Which is halved thanks to the international break. The problem is that we know the fundamental changes which need to happen, won’t.
The defence isn’t going to cut out individual errors nor the collective ones. Our midfield isn’t suddenly going to become freescoring while simultaneously providing a solid defensive barrier. And nor are we about to become any less reliant on goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Unai Emery cannot solve these problems. He’s had ample time to do so and is regressing.
Raul, Edu: change is coming. We all know it. There is no point in making change when it is too late.