Arsenal really ARE planning for life without Wenger

It would appear that Silent Stan and his henchmen on the Arsenal Board are making big changes to the backroom staff so that the club can carry on moving forward when Arsene Wenger finally decides to throw in the towel. We certainly look like we are bringing in some quality dealmakers as we have already signed up Sven Mislintat from Dortmund as our Head of Recruitment.

He has now going to be joining up with Raul Sanllehi in February, who has had the best training ever ifor future player negotiations by spending 14 years at Barcelona in Spain and will be the first point of contact for the club with international and domestic governing bodies.

These two arrivals show the fans that Kroenke is willing to bring in the best talent to the club across the whole spectrum of our management, and will be taking a load of work of Arsene Wenger’s shoulders as move into a new future when Le Prof is no longer at the club.

Our Chief Exec Ivan Gazidis said: “In the past three years we have supplemented our team with more top-class expertise across every aspect of our football operations.

“Raul’s appointment is another important step in developing the infrastructure we need at the club to take everything we do to the next level. Raul has extensive contacts across the football world and has been directly involved in some of the biggest transfers in Europe in recent years. We look forward to him bringing that expertise to Arsenal.”

As we all know, Arsene Wenger has always been against bringing in outsiders to assist in Arsenal’s transfers so this is a brave move by the Arsenal Board. The club will survive and stay at the top with or without Wenger, just as we did before he arrived. We are slowly moving on.

Darren N


  1. dave says:

    It looks like the management is preparing to part ways with AW if the team fails to reach CL again this campaign.

  2. Sukhjot Gunner says:

    It’s good to see some sort of activity going behind the scenes finally beginning to prepare for the post-wenger years. After the WENGER ERA it was not going to be easy to fill all these roles at once during may-sept of a single year so it is quite smart by us to start planning straight away. They still need to find the biggest recruitment among all though-THE MANAGER TO REPLACE ARSENE WENGER AT ARSENAL. It’ll be quite interesting to find out who comes in plus may it be a good fit for us. I don’t want a DAVID MOYES’S replay at manure for us……

    1. Grimlar says:

      Must admit Im still of the opinion that Arsenal need a genuine big name manager after Wenger. Perhaps one of the managers that comes in, hangs around for two or three years and then moves on. Not a Moyes type manager, someone who has actually won stuff at big clubs, Ancelotti would fit the bill I guess.

      The reason being that I suspect that a number of things will need changing when Wenger goes. Different ways of doing things will need to be implemented, some modernisation, (eg its one thing to appoint a director of football, its another for everyone at the club to understand what that means and to adapt to it,) some staff will need to be moved on, and probably some players too, there will probably be a change in playing style/ethos too. In short the kind of stuff that the board and players will find it easier to trust a top class, experienced manager about. I just cant see a younger manager getting the necessary level of support at the club after Wenger.

      Arsenal can plan for the longer term after the club has sorted itself out a bit, bring in the younger staff at that point when the club knows where it is going.

      The question is still going to be when though. I know Wengers contract runs until 2019, but I always got the impression that part of the reason for the length of his contract was to avoid the speculation (like last year) about when Wenger would go. Then there is the loss of Sanchez and Ozil in the summer for free, if Wenger was planning to leave, the fallout from that would be less, and would create space in the team for a new manager to bring in a couple of big name players to help reshape the team. Im also hoping Wengers recent comments about wanting to manage an international team indicate a genuine ambition. If so, then Wenger may well have to move on next summer, once the world cup is over. There are usually a number of international vacancies after a major tournament. Waiting another year wouldnt really be an option.

      As such Summer 2018 would seem to be the most logical way to cover all the bases. Mind you, this is Wenger and Stan we are talking about, he could sign a contract extension for another four years instead.

      1. Maks says:

        We should bring Klopp after Liverpool sacks him!

      2. jon fox says:

        YOU SPEAK AS IF THERE IS A SERIOUS PROSPECT OF THE CLUB BRINGING IN A ROOKIE AS OUR NEXT MANAGER. THAT IS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN. We are not Chesterfield , but to read your post , anyone reading it might conclude we were. Who did you think we might be getting, I would love to know. I really don’t mean to be rude but honestly….!

    2. Jaydawg says:

      Do you not get it you need a negotiator to negotiate a new contract for the new manager. Now we have the best supposedly. Wenger’s not going to negotiate a replacement for himself he will say they are all shit and maybe put someone like Eddie Howe in charge lmao

  3. Charlie says:

    Another piece of excellent forward planning by Arsenal. Aresene will retire sooner than later, and we have learnt from others the traumatic experience in replacing icons. Like everything this club does, its for the long term.

    1. jon fox says:

      YES, EXCELLENT EH? Sarcasm! After all we have a decade long reputation for forward planning don’t we! NOT!!!!! CHARLIE, I DON’T KNOW WHAT PLANET YOU ARE ON BUT IT IS NOT THE ONE COUNTLESS THOUSANDS OF GOONERS LIVE ON.

  4. Ackshay says:

    Damn it was going to write about it. Yes Arsenal have been modernising their staff with the best of people available, unlike the bargain signing for playing staff.
    But dont praise the leech kroenke, man knows nothing about football, this is all on gazidis. The man is awesome in management and commercial sector but is made a scapegoat for footballing failures which arent his best skill. There is a reason man city wanted him.
    Kudos for making arsene accepts changes using his backroom power.

  5. adi says:

    Im a huge fan of Wenger, but after the Fergie and Mourinho incident, no one is irreplaceable. Not even Raul at Madrid or Ronaldinho at Barca, who would have thought, not even Zlatan at PSG or Man utd, list goes on.

    What we are seeing at Arsenal is a more decentralised system. No one will have full control like Wenger did. The next manager will be purely judge on pitch perfomance. They will have to worry less, they wont have to fill that “huge shoe’ of Wenger. Next maanger job will be the easiest job in any Arsenal manager career

  6. Big G says:

    Its great that Arsenal have a new man in for negotiations as clearly Wenger has struggled at times to secure the players us fans wanted, however, getting new staff is one thing but does it mean the club are going to actually pay the amount of money needed for future quality buys.

  7. Maks says:

    Great news… maybe there’s a light at the end of the tunnel!

    Wenger had to go at the end of last season (at least). Now he’s been pushed out indirectly by the Board. After David Dean, Wenger was always against appointment of new Director of football and other important staff. So Board let him and today we have a result of Arsenal stalling behind other great clubs.
    Now, finally it smells on change! 🙂

  8. GB says:

    @Darren N, I see you have picked up on the story I broke yesterday. It’s good to see an article on Stan getting a new team of backroom staff in, 4 in all and Raul from Barca will become Dein’s replacement and the long awaited DOF but give the man a break eh mate! Opening your article with “Silent Stan and his henchmen” is a bit below he belt. At least this is some encouraging news so he deserves plaudits for sanctioning these appointments and the henchmen bit is just plain out. Also, where do you and others get off referring to him as Silent? When did anyone hear Abramovich or any of the other owners voicing their opinions or comments but they don’t get called silent?

    1. Ivan says:

      You are quite right about the Silent Stan monicker. Evil Stan (short for Evil Stan the televisor of animal killig) would be more fitting. For that reason alone he deserves no plaudits however the contempt he has shown Arsenal fans only recently at the AGM shows what a scumbag he is for Arsenal.

      1. GB says:

        Oh dear, another one joins the fray. You have your follow the sheep opinion and I have mine. I believe he stopped the killing tv series soon after the very correct uproar over it by us but I also think he deserves some credit for making these recent appointments. He sacked the Rams boss recently and appointed a new young coach and the Rams are now top of their division. I think he deserves a chance.

        1. jon fox says:

          Do you ! Well I do not . He has wasted a decade doing nothing already , though I hear he is now planning to learn to talk, though as yet has still actually said nothing yet! You think he deserves a chance. Well I think he deserves a fierce campaign to oust him from owning our club. HE IS POISON!

  9. jon fox says:

    Whilst welcoming the changes in thr backroom, I find it amazing that the article writer is crediting Kroenke with setting this in motion. Kroenke does not know the difference between a football and a baseball and unless it makes him money , he doesn’t even care. He has been here a decade now , so we have all the evidence we need as to what he is like and it is not good. He is about as pro-active as Wenger is in getting rid of Walcott, or getting us a quality CDM, ie not at all!

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