Are Arsenal now resigned to history – Or will the new regime remake the Gunners?

Will new figures at Arsenal strip some of Wenger’s powers? by Konstantin Mitov

We’ve become a history museum. A hall full of great history, yet nothing notable has been added in 14 years. Arsene is the main fossil who keeps trying to brush off the dust, which falls on the same place since it can’t get out. The windows are shut and you cannot see the outside world.

Things happen, competition is stiff, but we’ve staled. We haven’t changed anything but the entry fee, which is the highest in the world and yet despite the flashy new building inside everything is rotting. We keep digging the same tombstones looking for hidden treasures, but the promising talents keep leaving to find better shelter.

Arsene Wenger is the main fossil of the Arsenal museum. A true foundation, that once revolutionised Arsenal is now trying the same old trick but people have grown tired of this. The holy grail in the form of making the top 4 is also gone and with it, the shackles have broken too.

No longer is anyone to believe what a good job we’ve done since the main selling event was the Champions league, and it is now gone and the best players this club has to offer will soon be gone too. So can we stop living in the past and start catching up to modern day football, by giving power to some new people to run this club?

Sven Mitislat is supposed to take over our scouting and Raul Sanllehi was appointed, although I’m not sure what his exact position is, but the true question is whether they’ll be given green light to architect a new project that will attract better players and offer a better future for Arsenal?

Difficult to say yet, but if we manage to get Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan it’ll be a good start. Whether or not the Armenian is the best player we can get, taking him plus 35 million pounds is a golden deal for a player out of contract in 3 months with a terrible relationship to his team mates!

Besides, we’ve given players like Diaby and Walcott 10 years and got nothing in return so I’m all up for new exhibits on the shelf. It’s great to see some of the unused, never reached their potential players finally leave, but if we get nobody in on their place, soon we will run out of fuel to keep pumping the financial machine Arsenal is all about.

Hopefully though, there’s some light in the tunnel and the new people on the sporting side, are allowed to do their magic. Maybe we can clear the deadwood backroom staff, just like the players. Then the manager will be the last and most difficult piece to remove from an old puzzle that been out of frame for 10 years.



  1. McLovin says:

    Wenger is Sauron. He doesn’t want to share any of his power.

    Gazidis is some orc minion of his.

    Sven Mislintat is Aragorn, who’s saving us from the darkness.

    1. bran911 says:

      Good analysis but I thought Wenger is Sméagol, always trying to look nice but has a special dark agenda

      1. Ddog says:

        no Mourinho is Smeagol, kind of subplot in the in the fight of good against evil

        1. Alexis Sanchez is Grima Wormtongue…the snake who stabbed Saruman in the back…

        2. Paulio says:

          Gollum is David Moyes ?

  2. henry says:

    It is incumbent upon Wenger to realize that he is no longer the best man to manage Arsenal. He owes it to himself and the club to leave in dignity.
    The fans, especially those in the UK have a duty to frustrate Kroenke and force him out by hurting him financially. He is not the best investor for a club of Arsenal’s stature and he is not in sync with the fans.

  3. Milton John says:

    Yes of course sven and Raul already started their jobs. Sven can find out the required and essential replacement for the outgoings and Raul can handle the negotiating part in a professional manner. Hope he can convince Louis Enrique to be on board next season onwards. Yes we r in the process of rebuilding the team and the golden years are back hopefully. Wenger can enjoy and watch this new Arsenal from home his home and that’s the best part. Let’s all hope for the best.

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Raul isn’t taking up his new position til next season/summer. We are trying to sort out a mess now so he could of been useful right about now. Gazidas and Law are why these stories are dragging out, even though Alexis money could go towards wages and fee of a top player, same goes Walcott.

  4. Declan says:

    His powers are already being curtailed. Sven and Raul are exerting their authority. The deadwood in the backroom staff are on their way out and there is major movements out of players. Just waiting for incoming, which Wenger will not be around to mismanage next season.

    1. Phil says:

      The two of them are influencing strategy already.The power shift has began

  5. Me says:

    What new regime?
    As usual Arsenal’s management is simply reacting to disaster rather than being proactive and planning ahead.
    And our transfer dealings thus far have been utterly shambolic.
    A struggling team now two, possibly three first team players short.
    You know what.
    Arsenal and its sit on your backside and do nothing fans deserve everything that is coming to them.
    And none of it is going to be nice…

  6. Gelz says:

    The new guys Sven and Raul are for when Wenger goes, Raul doesn’t officially start until next month so won’t be involved in anything this window. Sven can spot the players but with Wenger still in control anyone recommended can easily be dismissed by Wenger as he already knows all the players mentioned by Sven. He is slowly being relinquished of all power (finally) and will be pushed out the door by the end of the season at the latest (I hope). With a new manager next season we can start the re build. I don’t care about Wenger honouring his contract enough is enough, the board as much as I despise them should be honouring us the loyal fans, many of us who have been here before Wenger and will still be here after, I’m not expecting miracles, but an effort to try and put us in the right direction again.

  7. barryglik says:

    Your view is quite extreme Konstantin.
    Arsenal is not a dusty museum piece.
    Arsenal is a vibrant modern football club
    very high up in one of the great leagues.
    14 years ago Arsenal was top of the League.
    Since then Man U and the new boys
    Chelsea and now Man City
    have enjoyed seasons of dominance.
    Now Liverpool and Spurs have joined the race for ECL places.
    One point off top 4 last season does not indicate a club in crisis.
    Its the end of an era not the end of the world.
    Big changes are already being made and more will follow.
    This a time to be very positive as the changes take place as we speak.

    1. bran911 says:

      Being positive with Wenger still in charge is like playing a game that you always lose but won’t stop playing. If he goes then all these changes will be seen as positive, his presence is toxic

      1. jon fox says:

        Spot on!

    2. jon fox says:

      barryglik, You really have some very silly views and unlike almost all others choose not , rather than cannot, see that this club is now far behind modern ways, not ahead and not even abreast. You remind me of Nero fiddling while Rome burnt. Or Prime Minister james Callaghan in the 1979 British winter of discontent, who when all around was in shambles, no rubbish being collected, dead bodies unburied and total chaos reigned, memorably said “Crisis? What crisis?” He was sswept away in the next election as Wenger will soon be. That election was in May, and Wengers long overdue removal will likely be in May, too. May, a month for renewal and cleansing all the debvris and clutter of winter. barryglik, your wriings show you to be an intelligent man, though clearly not a watchful or perceptive man. Why not totally reconsider your stale loyalty to a stale, self preserving and self satisfied regime, that has no thought or regard for us fans, the lifeblood that funds their cosy, regressing, incompetant and morally corrupt custodianship of our once great and honourable club ? Why not barry? CARE TO ANSWER PLEASE?

  8. tolu says:

    You actually think we’ll get mhkitayn plus 35 mil? What are you smoking? It’s gonna be a straight swap with no money involved. Sanchez has only 5 months on his current deal while mhkitayn has 2.5 years. Do the math

    1. bran911 says:

      The quality of the two players could mean there should be a swap plus cash deal, but with Wenger involved against Mourinho, I can see only player swap as Mou has raped Wenger on and off the pitch consistently

    2. Vlad says:

      I was thinking the same thing. There’s no way we’re getting Mikki AND 35mil on top of it.

  9. Roy says:

    Bellerin the next to go please.He couldn’t tackle a hot dinner.

    1. Steve h says:

      Totally agree, the boy is so average. Not be missed

      1. Phil says:

        He has gone backwards last 18 months.Shame

        1. Declan says:

          Juventus want him

    2. jon fox says:

      Two years ago , many “excited schoolchild” type comments were over hyping this non defending defender as world class. You are right and the ” hot dinner” phrase is a good one. He cannot mark, cannot tackle, cannot head, cannot defend. Yes, at times he can go forward fast and now and again cross a good ball into the box. Now and again , please note, NOT regularly. To my mind -and I WAS BROUGHT UP TO BELIEVE THAT THE PRIME DUTY OF A DEFENDER IS TO DEFEND; THE CLUE IS IN THE NAME – this man could not defend Fort Knox from an attack by an aged snail with a pea shooter! BELLERIN AND HIS ILK REPRESENT DEFENDING , WENGER STYLE. Which means NO defending!

  10. John Ibrahim says:

    Mislintat role is to search for quality players and Raul is ensure he convinces them to sign….

    players with different nationality requires different scouts/persons to scout or broker the deal

    Example, Lehmann was sent to broker the Aubumeyang deal..he is a German and former player

    Mislintat and Raul are there to ensure Wenger get quality help and sign the right players

    the manager cant scout, manage, train and broker at the same time….

    fans are spending to much time playing Fifa 18 to get to know the real World

  11. John Wick says:

    Wenger should have never been giving a new contract, once we were embarrassed by Bayern he should have been giving his marching orders it was said that we moved to the Emirates to compete with the Bayern’s of this world not get hammered 5-1 home and away and not even to a great Munich side! Then we crash out of the Champions League once again at the last 16 and to make matters worse we don’t even qualify for the 2017/2018 competition so the board decide to reward the failure with a new 2 year deal and to top that off our big talking chief executive says it might not be the clueless Frenchman’s last contract! Apparently Arsene can still deliver the premier league and champions league well news for them Arsene has never delivered any European trophies at any of his clubs and never will.. who on here actually believes that team of his will win the Europa league come May? We got hammered by a team struggling in the championship the team he’s most likely to field against Ostersunds I’m not even confident we will get past them! We can’t defend we can’t score that’s no recipe for success. This isn’t a vendetta against Wenger we just want our club to compete again and he’s dragging us down because he can’t accept he’s finished I’ve been a fan of this club since 1989 before Wenger came and I’ve never been an AKB I support Arsenal not the manager your only as good as your next game! How anyone still thinks our manager has more to give need to get their heads out of the clouds! Some people actually think because he has said he’s stayed with the club when the likes of Barcelona and Madrid came calling and of course he did because the man isn’t stupid he knew he would have been sacked by either of those clubs why would you leave a job that you’ll never get sacked from to one you can be sacked from at anytime? It had nothing to do with loyalty Im certain of that.

    1. Phil says:

      Nobody can argue with these comments.JW has stated what we all believe.Brilliant Artical Sir

      1. John Wick says:

        Thanks Phil a frustrated fan to say the least.

        1. Phil says:

          We all feel it JW

    2. jon fox says:

      Superbly written.

  12. pires says:

    “Nothing happens un 14 Years” sincères 2004 we ‘v been un champions league final won four fa cup (mots succesful team in HISTORY) three c.shields,moves ro a NEW STADIUM…’r telling lies konstantin

    1. jon fox says:

      You are probably a great bloke pires and you are a true fan. BUT I despair of your wilful blindness to the truth. Surely the real truth is that you are just content with mediocrity, dressed up as success by a few second rate competition wins in FA CUP and also GLORIFIED PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES in August, claimed by “last straw clingers” as real trophies. I notice Moaninho also claims them as trophies too, so you are in “great ” and “honourable” company then! Eh? REAL trophies or serious challenges have not been made for twelve years past. Most of us think that is an unacceptably long time , esp when the manager is paid obscene wages to do far better but miserably fails, year after year.

    2. Ackshay says:

      all that you said plus at the very least challenging for the epl title for at least half of those years would have represented good progress. By challenging i mean finishing with more than 80 pts or less than 7 pts off the leader.
      Finishing 10 pts off 1st is the mark of a top 4 team with no aspiration for the titles. Man city, chelsea and man utd have all had bad years and even then we didnt finish close to the winner; the shame and disgust of finishing behind leicester will never leave me. our best chance at winning the title and we blew it to a team fighting for relegation the season before.

  13. Ozziegunner@Newcastle upon Hunter says:

    I have followed Arsenal since 1962 through good and not so good seasons; staying in the top division continuously since 1922 has been a significant achievement compared to all of the present heavyweights.
    As an Arsenal supporter I don’t feel entitled that Arsenal should win the EPL every season; however I expect Arsenal to compete at a level commensurate with the financial resources available to the Club.
    Gazidis believes Arsenal is “punching above its weight”; I and many others do not agree!

  14. Vlad says:

    It’s not even fun anymore to comment without thumbs up/down. But hey, it is KM’s post after all, so I feel sort of obligated to put my 2 cents in. Firstly, I’m almost certain that Konstantin is reshuffling his own posts. I know I’ve seen this museum/fossil crap before. Nothing new though, KM was, is, and always will be like a broken record. There’s no pleasing this guy. To say that we haven’t achieved anything in the last 14 years is ridiculous to say the least. There’s no logic though that applies to Konstantin. He thinks he can just blatantly say whatever he wants without supporting it with facts. Unreal. I’ve been coming to JustArsenal for quite some time now but I have to say that I’ve been doing it less and less lately. Mainly because this site became yet another Le Grove with nothing but a whiny bunch of so-called fans like KM. It’s pathetic, really.

  15. Grandad says:

    Why all this Bellerin bashing? The real problems on the playing side are at centre back and defensive mid. Mustafi and Xhaka a complete waste of money.

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