Now I know a lot of Arsenal fans are going to accuse me of being overly cynical but having listened to Freddie’s comments about how he is running the side at the moment (no backroom staff, no promises, no discussion of transfers, etc) and the Arsenal management insisting they are not going to rush into appointing a new manager until they have exhausted all their options, it appears to me that yet again Arsenal are doing things on the cheap.
Ahead of the visit of Man City today, Freddie first admitted that we are a long way from challenging top teams like Pep Guardiola’s defending Champions. He told the Sun: “You can’t do anything overnight.
“I try to impact things on the grass but that’s not so easy. We don’t have much time to train.
“I’m a fan and I want Arsenal back winning trophies but as I say this won’t happen overnight.
“Of course there are things to fix now and that we can do better.
“I have a list of about 10 to 15 things we need to urgently get right. But you can’t do all those things at once.”
And he then, when asked about the transfer market, he said: He said: “Liverpool have been extremely good in the transfer market. They see something they need, they go in big and get it.
“They have had some tremendous success.
“Of course, part of football is the transfer market but I’m working on a day-to-day basis. There have been no discussions with me about transfers.
“I’d like to think about planning long-term for this and that but I can’t because it’s a day-to-day job and I try not to tease my brain that way.”
So it is obvious to me, as we are already half-way through December, that there is little chance of poor Freddie getting any help in the form of new players to strengthen our deficiences, and he is going to be forced to muddle along for as long as possible. As Freddie told the Guardian: “The club have said I have to wait until they make a decision, so I can’t do anything at the moment,”
“I have Per [Mertesacker] but at the same time he is academy manager. He is helping me with the coaching. The club has said when they make a decision then that’s it – or I’m leaving, obviously – and maybe then we can do something with the staff. But it’s up to the club.
“If you look at the person who was here before, he had a lot of staff and maybe I don’t have so many. So if you keep on going like that for months and months, it’s not so easy. But that’s totally up to the club.”
And when asked if the club had given him any hint about how long he may still be in the job, he said: “I haven’t got any indication of if I’m here or not,”
“What I’ve said to the bosses and the club is I will do everything in my power to do as well as I can for this club and the players. Then obviously it is up to them to make a decision. I try not to put any emotions into that.”
So it sounds like he is as much in limbo as us fans. He is obviously not being told anything about the club’s plans or aspirations.
No change there then!