Up until yesterday it looked like Mikel Arteta was certain to be named as the new Arsenal manager and there were reports of a meeting with the current Man City coach planned for yesterday, and we all thought that this meeting would only confirm the appointment.
There is no doubt that with the additions of Lacazette, Aubameyang and Mhkitaryan during the campaign that just ended means that Arsenal now have an awesome front line that should score oodles of goals next season, but that will mean nothing if we continue to leak stupid goals due to our ageing and semi-competent back line.
There have been mountains of speculation about who will be Arsenal’s new manager, and it was revealed by Robert Pires that the shortlist of candidates had been whittled down to Max Allegri, Mikel Arteta and Carlo Ancelotti. The first-named has now excluded himself as he told the media after winning his fourth League and Cup double with Juventus: “If they don’t fire me, I see myself as staying at Juventus next year too,” he said. “We have to congratulate Napoli, which kept pace with a great Juventus. It’s hard to see these four years being repeated.
Although Arsenal fans are still waiting for confirmation on who will be replacing Arsene Wenger as manager, it seems that the triumvirate of Ivan Gazidis, Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi are still going ahead with chasing the transfer targets that they think will be needed for when the new coach takes over.
The UK transfer window opens tomorrow but it would appear that Arsenal are trying hard to get their targets prepared before the World Cup starts interfering with transfer negotiations. The latest reports are that we have made a £26 million offer for the young Roma star Cengiz Under, who has had a massive impact since breaking into the first team this season and has come to the attention of many top European clubs.
There is a very real animosity amongst a lot of Arsenal fans that the Board are making Mikel Arteta one of the favourites to fill the void left by Arsene Wenger’s departure, as they are of the belief that as one of the five richest clubs in the world, we should be targeting (ad getting) a proven, experienced trophy winner like Ancelotti, Allegri or countless other big name managers that we could have approached when they became available.
There have been thousands of rumours regarding who the new Arsenal manager is going to be, but now it has been revealed to us by a man who has known Wenger for 14 years and has seen him every day this season; the one and only Gunners legend Robert Pires….
Although everyone seems 90% sure that Mikel Arteta is set to be the new Arsenal manager, the negotiations are far from being completed just yet, and it seems that the Gunners have made sure that that they are not putting all their eggs in one basket and have prepared a Plan B in case something goes wrong.