Good win to shut up Deeny, but decisions still need to be made. by Konstantin Mitov
We’ve beaten Watford 3:0 at the Emirates! A second clean sheet in a row, fastest 50 PL assists for Ozil, Cech with 200 premier league clean sheets and its all good right? What crisis are you talking about?
Now on a more serious note, it was nice to see Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan link up today as it was so reminiscent of Dortmund, but the best thing that happened was Deeney missing a penalty which Cech actually saved!
This was the only moment that really got the crowd up for something, and it was nice to shove it in his throat for what he said, and just like Milan who were so happy to draw us, and ended up smacked 2:0 at home, because we still are THE Arsenal, and there still are a few good players in the team.
This win is not too meaningful though. True it’s a needed bit of confidence but we did thump Everton 5:1 and Palace 4:1, but when we go away it’s just shocking and our record against the top 6 sees just one win, and with an away game at Old Trafford I don’t see a second one coming.
This situation we are in is so reminiscent of last season. We’ve essentially thrown another year in the garbage under Wenger and this situation is exactly what he wants. He’s run us to the point where nobody expects anything and if we win, Arsene is the master who’s still got it!
I think that 2:0 win at Milan granted him his final year on his deal. Now if we don’t spectacularly capitulate against AC on Thursday, the board will say well we’re super ‘overachieving’ because we beat the great AC Milan who’ve won 7 CL titles, and in true Board fashion, they’ll completely ignore the fact this Milan, despite improving under Gatuso, is still not the great team of the past.
Despite this fantastic victory at Milan, the stadium was again half-empty against Watford and this is how it will be until Arsene is gone. There have been reports about the people who will decide Wenger-s replacement and reports vary.
The mirror suggest Jason Rosenfeld, Raul Sanllehi, Sven Mislintat and Gazidis will be key, but I’m not sure the Kroenke’s will let others decide and the founder of StatDNA and our main scout are both questionable figures in terms of determining the next manager.
I doubt you’ve forgotten that Stan Kroenke is a business man and Arsenal is a business for him. We still reported 50+ million profit on the last AGM, and this is what has saved Wenger his job, it’s not his managerial abilities, nor the results, because they’ve been shocking, despite 2 nice wins in a row.
Besides, Arsene’s good relationship makes it all the more difficult to get rid of him, which remains the best thing for this football club at the end of the season regardless if we win the Europa or not. And any thoughts on Arsene going mid-season are just a joke as the owners definitely lack the cojones to do it.
And when you look at the people we want, it’s Joachim Loew that always pops up first, but there’s a slight problem. There’s a World cup and getting the manager of the defending champions will be a difficult task considering he has a contract till 2020.
So the board can easily say, well, nobody is available so we will take the ‘difficult’ decision to stick with failure again, when good managers will be available and are available right now. Ancelotti anyone?
But touching on Loew, there’s something similar to Arsene about him that just makes me want another figure here, although, of course I’d take any manager as long as Wenger leaves, but look, he’s been managing Germany for 14 years, if you count the 2 years, he was an assistant coach and I feel Arsenal needs change of dynamics, not another emperor.
Another problem I have with Low is the fact that national team football and club football are two completely different things, but he is managing a country that demands success on national football so I might be wrong, but it just seems difficult to get him and the club needs massive rebuilding in the summer if we are to move further up than 6th next year.
So this means a manager needs to come in who would be 100% focused on the job at Arsenal and he’d have to take over the moment the summer starts in order to get his ideas to the squad as well as the signings he wants.
And you also have to consider the fact that our midfield is in a pretty shaky state as Ramsey could be sold due to not signing a new deal yet, and Wilshere could leave for free, so it’s a massive summer and when Arsenal needs a massive job, the board always relies on Wenger and will do it once again.
Arsene will be blamed for all the misery (and rightly so) that has come to us and will come again next season if he stays, but for the owner its pretty easy to pay him 2 more millions an year and let him deflect all the problems, rather than risk losing his trusty financial employee for a guy who might demand actions that will take us forward.
Apart from all that, at least there is a good chance to get past the round of 16 in a European competition for the first time in ages and there could be a few more meaningful games this season, before the time for tough decision inevitably comes!