My personal opinion on Pochettino to Arsenal by Konstantin Mitov
Hello, hello, lovely Arsenal people. The international break is usually the most boring of times for the good old fans of the beautiful game, but Daniel Levy decided to make it interesting by pulling the trigger on Pochettino. We just have to get the elephant out of the room. Do Arsenal fans want Mauricio for Arsenal manager?
I personally am split on this because of my desire to see a new manager, but is that man Poch? What he has done exceptionally well is deliver on a lower budget than the rest of the top 6. The other major selling point was his exciting style with lots of young players. With his biggest achievement being the Champions League final. He reminds me of Wenger between 2006-2009. We stuck with him for 10 years after though, and where did that get us?
My point is; a certain manager is good for a certain goal. Pochettino’s record against the top 6 especially away from home is awful. I think we should look at our weaknesses and go for someone who can improve on them. Whether the Argentinian will be a temporary improvement is another question and the answer is probably yes. That said, Spurs hired Mourinho and I think this will definitely give them a push.
But the problems at Arsenal run deeper than the manager. The handling of the club overall has been shocking. I know we hired a lot of new people, but more than a year has passed since we installed the new systems and results don’t really go our way. Players are being brutally mismanaged and this affects people. Conte was unhappy with Costa at Chelsea, so he got rid of him when the season ended. Then he couldn’t find another striker and eventually lost the dressing room and his job at Chelsea.
I am saying this because Emery banished Ozil, then brought him back. Now Xhaka is being banished for his behaviour and you see the sad truth. We lack a good DM. Torreira wants to leave, Lacazette says on Goal that we needed the international break, and players overall don’t seem happy at the club. This is bigger than just the manager, but it’s hard to say it’s not his fault either.
In my country we have a saying that “the fish starts to smell from the head”. The way we are managed as a football club has been wrong for years now and the lack of ability to make tough decisions is one of the biggest issues. It’s definitely not the money. Anyways, we have Southampton next and it will be interesting what Arsenal shows up. Unfortunately I do not expect a big change.
Do you believe Pochettino would improve Arsenal under the same conditions?