Letting Ancelotti go to Everton could be Arsenal’s owners biggest mistake yet

 Kroenke’s Biggest Mistake? By Dan Smith

If you believe the rumours Arsenal are giving Everton a clear path towards hiring Carlo Ancelotti.

I believe the Kroenke family have long proved they have zero ambition but there remains, even on JustArsenal, those who defend Arsenal’s owners.

As owners though this could be their biggest sin yet, one that will come back to haunt them. One that will be their legacy. One that no one can defend.

We know the Italian wants to return to England, owning a property in London.

We need someone who can organise us defensively, something this man has done throughout his career as he has won titles and Champions League’s. We want someone with the personality to handle the pressure of a toxic fan base and a dressing room that seems to lack leadership. This is the man who has coached the likes of Real Madrid.

Even when it comes down to money, Napoli sacked him, giving us the rare chance to get a huge name without having to pay compensation. Yet he seems destined for Merseyside and, apparently, Arsenal’s owners are not standing in his way?

No matter what Ancelotti will say in public, that will be just to appease the Toffees. For all our faults, there is no way someone picks Everton over Arsenal. If he ends up working in Liverpool that’s been our choice and not his.

It seems our criteria is to be going in the opposite direction. Instead of one of the biggest names in the games our preference is someone with zero experience. Do our board really think Arteta can do a better job than Ancelotti or is it simply a case of one being cheaper than the other? That’s why our American owners will have no hiding place if this goes wrong.

If it’s because our former captain has a high reputation in the game and is viewed as the next top manager, then great.

Yet if we are sat here this time next year and Everton are above us, it will be hard not to feel that we just stood still and let this happen.

A bit like Jose joining Spurs.

For all our critics, we are a bigger club then our North London rivals or Everton.

I said before this could be, or should be, such an enticing vacancy – yet two of the biggest names in the last couple of decades seem set to both be taking charge of sides that in theory we should be competing with…

How come Daniel Levy, while paying off a stadium can afford to pay 12 million in compensation for Poch and his staff yet still double the wages of his replacement? While Arsenal’s owners are chasing a novice…

It can’t just be because of the revenue of Champions League Football, because Everton are about to put a package together to get Ancelotti. Something tells me his salary demands are a bit more then what Marco Silva was earning?

Those fanbases have watched their owners show ambition by getting the best possible person, not worrying about budgets or profit like Arsenal’s owners.

I’m sure no millionaire is happy about having to pay to sack employees, then double salaries – but that’s what you do if you remotely care about your club. You take the short financial hit for the sake of success in the long term.

It’s okay for years to be arguing you can’t compete with Man City and Chelsea in terms of transfer fees and wages – but Everton?

We were promised if we left Highbury, we would be able to compete with the likes of Bayern Munich. Now when someone comes for an interview at the Emirates, they find that at Goodison Park you will earn more and have a bigger transfer kitty?

That’s how far we have fallen?

Break down any revenue stream you want, it’s a fact that Everton don’t make more money than us. So, if Silent Stan can’t afford Ancelotti but Farhad Moshiri can, that’s purely out of choice. That’s the same Moshiri who worked for us, but felt forced to walk away because of his peers’ lack of ambition.

It could be as early as this Saturday where we pay for this decision…

Dan Smith

25 Comments

  1. towny254 says:

    I have said it before as far as Stan the man is concerned Arsenal have zero ambition I am 100% behind Dan Smith we lack ambition going for a man that has NEVER been a manager we should sack the board with empty seats

    1. Restless says:

      This is not s very strong argument against Arteta because Pep Goudiola and Zinedine Zidane came from never coaching in the La Liga to become champions league winning coaches. There is always a first time. You may have stronger arguments but this one is poor.

      1. agu eman says:

        Pep and Zinadine went to clubs in a 2 team league.
        Pep has not won the CL with out Messi.
        He failed to win CL at Bayern.
        He came to Ma City who bought the league with a billion pound spend.
        But now his team is 14 points off the lead after a third of the season.
        Zidane is struggling with out Ronaldo.
        You may have stronger arguments but this one is poor.
        If Arteta is so good he will get top 4 by May with no Jan reinforcements
        and with no reinforcements in the summer he will win the PL and CL next season.

      2. James says:

        Another shallow analogy straight out of FT(footbal Twitter) what you guys conveniently forget to state is that Pep walked into a team with a strong leadership structure backed by vast resources and unlimited talent to boot. IT would extremely difficult for a coach to fail in such a setting. We’ve seen average coaches from midtable sides win titles at barca. It all boils down to strong structure and plenty of resources. Arsenal is none of the above. Being at Arteta,’ place at 1 am should clear any doubts

      3. dan Smith says:

        your missing the point
        Real Madrid and Barcelona were not 10th when they got new managers
        they had the core of thier squads already there
        They also were long term plans who were being prepared by working for the B team

  2. gotanidea says:

    I’d rather see Arsenal gamble on Arteta than Ancelotti, because Arteta has seen Wenger’s mistakes directly as a player

    Besides, firing Arteta will surely be cheaper than firing Ancelotti, if the new manager fails

    Unfortunately Arteta will have very little time to get his own staffs

  3. Skills1000 says:

    And it could be the best decision in the long haul. You never can tell. let us support Arteta. We need to be positive

  4. Viera Lyn says:

    There’s no doubt I agree with your assessment regarding our absentee landlord’s glaring lack of ambition, but I’m not sure that Ancelotti would have been a wise choice for us, especially considering his recent form in Naples…Ancelotti managed no wins in his last nine games, prior to his Champions League victory last week…furthermore he’s known as a players coach and it’s clear that this club needs someone who won’t let the inmates run this country club asylum

  5. NY_Gunner says:

    The owners, board and the rest of those merry muppets, want someone who’s gonna be OK with limited control. AFC has gone bonkers.

  6. Sue says:

    Oooh that last sentence… I was already nervous, thanks, Dan 😂
    Great read, btw.

  7. Peter Ngamau says:

    But the thing is, nobody knows how Arteta will perform. This is a very big gamble on him. What if he performs well? What if he is the guy to come in and change the clubs philosophy back to where it was? Looking at Carlo Ancelloti and the sides he has gone and won the titles, the teams were good and he just made them better. The likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Chelsea. Arsenal to me is more of a rebuilding process and we need someone who is young. I love Carlo Ancelloti but i will have to go wIth Mikel Arteta. Maybe Mikel Arteta is the younger version of Ancelloti or Poch or even Pep Guardiola. Besides all the managers in football began from somewhere. The only thing that i would urge the Arsenal board to make is to bring the personnel that Arteta would want moving forward. The whole central defence should be moved on that is the likes of Luiz, Sokratis, Mustafi. Replacements may be; Upamecano, Pau torres and or Merih Demiral. I would also bring in a young right back, a number 2 for Leno, Xhaka to go. Replacements may be Ndidi, Thomas Partey or Zakaria. Ozil to go. Replacements may be Dominik szolobszlai, Bruno Fernades or Dejan Kulusveski. Dani Ceballos to be signed on a permanent. Aubameyang to go. Replacement to be Reiner Jesus. And that squad will be able to compete in the English Premier league, England and Europe under the guidance of a young coach like Arteta. COYG.

  8. jon fox says:

    Dan Smith puts the case for the prosecution in not choosing Ancellotti. I, by contrast, now put the case for the defence in (probably) choosing Arteta. All top managers start somewhere and in Arteta he has closely studied under and massively aided the best or second best current manager in football(Klopp or Pep,choose for yourself!) Ancellotti is 59, Arteta is 37 and already hugely and widely lauded as the next special upcoming talent. Put it this way, if I offered you Auba OR Martinelli right now , who would you choose for our best bet for the near future? One is almost 31, the other 18! Ancellotti has moved constantly around loads of clubs and not stayed much anywhere. Sorry Dan, your opinion is valid but I do not remotely share it. I much hope and firmly believe Mikel will be installed this week. Of course I also think thr board are hopless and should have already sounded out the next man before sacking Emery But we can only start from wher we are, not rom wher we would haveliked to be. And in Arteta, I as a professional bettor, would stake a large dollop of my own reddies on Arteta being a success; oncde Scrooge Kroenke is forced to invest in some actual defenders. No man, not even God Almighty should remtely be expected to work miracles with poser Luiz, scyther Mustafki and wrestler Sokratis posing as “defenders”. I have already writtgen off this season and did so early on. I just want a tough minded realist to come in , install fight, get all the sham posers and idle coasters out the door,along with their fraudulent type and never to return and give us our Arsenal back. Mikel for me!

    1. dan Smith says:

      Hope your right
      Either way will get behind him

      1. jon fox says:

        WEll DAN, YOU HAVE YOUR OWN PERFECTLY VALID FREE OPINION AND i HAVE MINE. IT SEEMS, AND I STRESS SEEMS THAT ARTETA WILL BE THE CHOSEN ONE SO WE SHALL SEE , GIVEN A FAIR TIME AND A FAIR CHANCE BY KROENKE TO GET IN SOME PROPER DEFENDERS, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MANY YEARS PAST.

    2. Le Coq Monster says:

      I agree with my learned friend`s case for the defense, but to be on the safe side I will attempt to bribe the jury!

  9. Sabs says:

    Let them hire Arteta if that’s what will get the Kroenke’s out after their “safe” appointment of a coach makes us a top 10 side and the likes of Auba, Laca, Ozil etc have left. The sponsors will follow suit and our club won’t be their golden goose anymore.

    It is already painful to witness but I’m all for it if that’s what it’ll take to get them out.

  10. clemento says:

    I don’t know what is wrong with people on recruiting Arteta. Has Anchelotti not been sacked due to poor performance with the likes of Koulibary, Mertens, Insigne.etc. in hands? How.can you be sure he is going to be our Klopp with Luiz, Mustafi, Sokratis, Xhaka, Ozil,etc.?

    Let us first see what Arteta brings on the table before jumping to the old fashioned coaches.

  11. Grandad says:

    Why has Ancelloti been sacked by Bayern and Napoli if he is so good?He is one of the so called “elite” Manager’s who are lauded by the media as it is in their best interests to create news and to create the illusion that Managers are the most important factor in creating a successful side.They are indeed important, but to suggest they are the be all and end all of a successful team is nonsense.To be successful ,first and foremost a team needs top quality players.Do you believe Ancelloti is capable of converting the likes of Sokratis, Mustafi, Luis etc into quality players?If you do you are deluding yourself.Until we clear out our dross and bring in quality replacements there is not a Manager around who can revive this Arsenal team.

  12. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    Rather than to hire for Arsenal the unproven Mikel Arteta as head coach who is still learning his trade under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, the Man City head coach, I think it’ll be better for us the Arsenals if the Arsenal hierarchy bosses leave Freddie Ljungberg to continue in his role at club’s as their interim head coach coaching the Gunners. But give him the necessary tools he needs in manpower staffing immediately and approve for him the 4 – 5 new player signings in January who he has identified for signings.

    Since Arsenal doesn’t have the kind of money they can afford to gamble with it by paying compensation money to Man City for taking Arteta off their hands summarily after haven just paid severance compensation money to Emery for sacking him before his due date to leave the club. And may not want to hire any big time head coach in Ancelotti whose annual wage bill could run far far past the £7m that the club usually emarked for head coach job salary. I think it’ll be a wise decision taken if Arsenal leave Ljungberg to continue coaching the Gunners. For, I believe all things been equal at the Gunners between now to the end of this season’s campaign, ljungberg can lead the Gunners to get for Arsenal this season that now stubborn to get by Arsenal the 4th place finish. But one huge problem at Arsenal in the club’s 1st XI team squad that Ljungberg has to deal with successfully in January will be to offload the distracting Mesut Ozil the team whose football quality has declined to below average level for Arsenal in recent past season and is needing to be decisively delt with in Jan to stop the rub on negative effect Ozil now shit football playing is having on Arsenal 5 youth players of: Martinelli, Saka, Willock, Rowe and Nelson from continuing.

    1. towny254 says:

      They would not let EMERY have the tools to do the job so what makes you think they will for Freddie

  13. Restless says:

    Make up your mind. One day you do not want Anceloti the next day the world will come to an end if he joins Everton.

  14. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    Rather than to hire for Arsenal the unproven Mikel Arteta as head coach who is still learning his trade under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, the Man City head coach, I think it’ll be better for us the Arsenals if the Arsenal hierarchy bosses leave Freddie Ljungberg to continue in his role at the club as their interim head coach coaching the Gunners. But give him the necessary tools he needs in manpower staffing immediately and approve for him the 4 – 5 new player signings in January who he has identified for signings.

    Since Arsenal doesn’t have the kind of money they can afford to gamble with it by paying compensation money to Man City for taking Arteta off their hands summarily after haven just paid severance compensation money to Emery for sacking him before his due date to leave the club. And may not want to hire any big time head coach in Ancelotti whose annual wage bill could run far far past the £7m that the club usually emarked for head coach job salary. I think it’ll be a wise decision taken if Arsenal leave Ljungberg to continue coaching the Gunners. For, I believe all things been equal at the Gunners between now to the end of this season’s campaign, ljungberg can lead the Gunners to get for Arsenal this season that now stubborn to get by Arsenal the 4th place finish. But one huge problem at Arsenal in the club’s 1st XI team squad that Ljungberg has to deal with it successfully in January will be to offload the distracting Mesut Ozil from the team, whose football quality has declined to below average level for Arsenal in recent past seasons and is needing to be decisively delt with in Jan to stop the rub on negative effect Ozil now shit football playing could have or is having on Arsenal 5 youth players of: Martinelli, Saka, Willock, Rowe and Nelson from continuing.

  15. Reggie says:

    I dont want Ancelotti or Arteta, i think for lots of reasons both are wrong for Arsenal today as we stand. I don’t see Arsenal as an elite club anymore, so i think that for that to change we need a current elite manager to change the perception of Arsenal. I think we are heading for mid table obscurity and neither of the said managers fit the bill to change that for me, one has had is time the other hasn’t.

  16. GB says:

    Between the two I choose Arteta.
    He’s young and learnt his trade first under Wenger and presently under Pep.
    Well thought of and respected by people in the game.
    Ancelotti has just been sacked, past his best and apparently happy to go to Everton.
    Ancelotti is the past whereas Arteta is the future.

  17. Tony says:

    He (Arteta) is Young and learnt his trade under the Best that’s what I keep reading and he’s just new to the coaching game with little experience.. Ancelotti Oh My God! A Big No Thank You, he’s way too vintage, in a time like this..
    My dear Friends I’d keep/pick Freddie over Arteta’ that is Me! Freddie got more game balls than Arteta.
    Right now, am not being obsessed with Pochettino” But I think, he’ll come through with AFC and add Trophies.
    * Arteta is Young, Pochettino is Young 47years.
    * Oh Yes Poch got no trophy “And So! He’s been a fighter in EPL for almost 10years and the results are there to see.
    * With the Mentality of Poch and AFC Calibre I’d Gamble highest it’s gonna be a successful poll.
    Simeone is a perfect fit as well.
    I don’t wanna dig in with their financial payrolls for I know AFC can deliver if they quit being stingy! Bunch of stingy business bonkers.
    * Pochettino fits all the Criteria needed in EPL to be a success with a club; I think he’ll come back stronger!.

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