The Three Biggest Tasks for Arsenal’s new Manager


Arsenal obviously lost 1-0 to Atletico Madrid and lost their chance to play in Champions League next season. However, Arsenal will have a chance to play in the Europa League again next season. But next season, there will be a new manager. So let’s present this new manager with the task plate he should prepare to inherit from Arsene Wenger.

Playing to the Strengths of the Squad
Originally when Arsene arrived, he developed a playing pattern that favoured the squad he inherited and built. He could see the previously unseen talents of players in various areas of the pitch. However, later in his tenure Arsene seems to be meddling with his players to force them into a game pattern he decides on and he would patiently try to force the players to fit his pattern.

The new manager must find a pattern that fits our best players at their best positions to allow them to perform optimally. For instance, If Arsene had adopted a 3.5.2 system of 4.4.2 system to accommodate Giroud and Sanchez as a pair of centre forwards, perhaps Arsenal would be the high scoring side they were famed for earlier time when Arsene stamped his philosophies into Arsenal. During that time no great player would stay in the bench.

We have Lacazette, Aubameyang, Ozil. Mkhitaryan, Ramsey and Welbeck, the next manager must find a pattern that involves all our best players. Winning a game is about scoring goals. Defense starts with competence in attack – period!

Arsenal have been poor in attacking for a long time now. In 2006, Arsenal went to Madrid Iconic Bernabue Stadium unfancied and looking on their way out against a colourful Real Madrid team. That time they had players like Casillas in goal, Roberto Carlos, Jonathan Woodgate, Beckham, Guti, Zidane, Robinho and Ronaldo. Of Course we had Ljungberg, Henry, Reyes and Fabregas with us. The game at Highbury had ended scoreless and everyone must have predicted Real Madrid 3, Arsenal 0. The outcome was a shock, we beat them 1-0 and it wasn’t a fluke too, we outplayed them and they did not have answers and Thierry Henry punished them.

Against Atletico Madrid in the first match at The Emirates, we had 28 shots on goal and scored just once. It is rumored to be the second highest shots on goal in a European game this season. If we had competence like the Arsenal of the yore, Atletico would have been dispatched by lots of goals that the second round would have been a formality.

Replace the Patently Inconsistent Players
We know we can get better players in the market to play the Wilshere role better than Wilshere. We can get a better Ramsey than Ramsey himself! We can get a better Koscielny than the Koscielny we have today. We can get a better Mustafi than the Mustafi we have playing today. We can get a better Petr Cech that the Petr Cech we have today. We sure can get a better Xhaka than the Xhaka in our payroll today. We can get a better Welbeck than the Welbeck playing today. All these players have been in Arsene Wenger waiting to fully come to good list. They get played every other time despite their previous game being poor and they get used to being protected. They do not have much to prove as they will get to play despite not performing well enough.

Changing the Play Mentality/Culture
At Arsenal not winning or winning has just become just another game. Players play without fear of losing their position to better performing players because there has been a lineup already drawn up in the mind of the manager, with the same tactics despite the opponent. Of late, players seem to arrive with huge potentials and reputations but somehow lose their forms and still start pretty much every game. We all remember the Mamchester United duel in between the Atletico games and how players like Mavropanos, Chambers and Maitland-Niles performed yet none of the was set to start against Atletico the following game. Mavropanos was not even in the bench. This kind of approach of making it tougher for on form players to break into the first team and eject those that are not performing is not the best.

In his comparison of playing for Arsenal and Chelsea, Petr Cech pretty much summed it all. ‘Chelsea has a cult of being a winning machine. You can see it from the top to the bottom. It works like that. The pressure just works in a different way. That’s why you have so many managerial changes. Arsenal obviously have the same continuity, the same manager. There is a completely different philosophy and a different way of doing things. There is no right or wrong.’

Finally, my favourite team suggestion for the new manager for next season is the following. 3.5.2

———Aubemayang – Lacazette——-
O. Dembele—-Ozil—–Mkhitaryan—-G. Martins
————————Rui Patricio———————-

Ousmane Dembele going to the left and Gelson Martins to the right. These are high energy young players who will play for another 10 years and are already performing at the big stage. They can support both in attack as in defense and have the pace to run. They both can make great passes, cut in and support in the midfield and in attack. They are specialists in their areas of operation.

Ozil and Mkhitaryan playing a double pivot attacking midfield both at their best area of the pitch. Lacazette and Aubameyang finally playing together. Nianggolan is already thirty but his tough player status would add steel in the area Arsenal most needs it. He will be however best advised to sit in front of the back three and put up a battle hardened performance rather than try to get goals and expose the back three. He will school Ainsley Maitland-Niles well. Raphael Varane and Koulibaly are well established centre backs and not blunder prone, they are both below 27 and have some 4-5 years in them. They will school Mavropanos okay.

With rumours of 200 Million available for Arsenal’s new season transfers – Martins 30M; Swap Bellerin for Dembele; Nianggolan for 45M; Patricio 20M, Varane and Koulibaly 100Million. Clear out sales for recovery target of 120M – Wilshere, Xhaka, Ramsey, Cech, Koscielny and Mustafi.

Substitutes: Chambers, Holding, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Welbeck, Ospina, Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nkatiah…


  1. Arsene is Out says:

    You are in fantasyland with your transfers my friend.. I specially like the Dembele- Bellerin SWAP

    I think we should also try to SWAP Mustafi for Varane and Xhaka for Kroos and Maybe Atleti will SWAP Oblak for Ospina I mean they are both GK and their names start with an O.

    1. Nikkogunners says:

      Mate, Those swapa can only happen if we are pointing an nuclear bomb at their heads…Oblak For Ospina! Mustafi for Varane…Dembele and Bellerin is a story that has trended before and if we switch to three CBs we can do without him…

  2. Eddie Hoyte says:

    Lol…I’ll rather have Ramsey on the bench over Welbeck but we both know you are dreaming. So i’ll leave you to it. Dembele for pissful poor Bellerin??.
    The only thing i love bout your selection is The Back 3 with the goalkeeper.
    But hey here’s to you mate

  3. jon fox says:

    Many good suggestions, Nicholas, if a little fantasy is involved to make them happen. Your outgoing sales are extremely optimistic in incoming value. Wilshere , unless signed to a new contract, which is unlikely, also Xhaka, Cech, Koscielny and Mustafi will fetch nowhere near 120 million. Cech is valueless, so is Kos. We will not get anywhere near our money back with Xhaka or Mustafi. Lucky to get 50-60 million in all. Wilshere will not fetch huge money at all. Iwobi and Bellerin are still young and need selling first to get decent money in. In reality, UNLESS(WHICH IS UNLIKELY) a large pot of money is allowed to the new man, we will have to soldier on with many of the large number of Wengers duds, at least for a window or two or three, God forbid. HOWEVER, a decent manager will get far more out of all of them than did Wenger, so I am hopeful of a distinct PREM IMPROVEMENT, provided we appoint an experienced top man and NOT Arteta, Viera etc.

    1. Andrew E says:

      You make some realistic points and I agree with most of them. But I think Xhaka should be given another chance and maybe the incoming coach/manager will iron out his lapses. He is a great passer of the ball and has good technique and on occasions reminds me of Michael Carrick but without the consistency.

      I also agree that the new manager should be experienced at the top level and should be given a minimum 3 year contract with an option to extend.

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      2. Olusoga from badagry says:

        Good, but xacha always get useless card the put the team in a dangerous position

    2. Nikkogunners says:

      Actually, you are right – but there are reports there is 200Million for transfers which points to a clear out – there is no other time best to carry out a clearout than when the manager changes are happening. The money recoveries should not be a factor at all and if 50M returns to the coffers it should be agreeable..

  4. Counsel says:

    My thoughts are with Sir Alex Fugerson,following news that he underwent an urgent surgery today as result of blood in the brain.Quick recovery legend

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  5. Counsel says:

    The new manager must be judged by results every month and not come may like Wenger who was proven at top level We won’t allow a Moyes,breaking all the bad records as we hope against hope improvement must be seen be happening. The board must not put blind Faith in the new manager if we will still be struggling next season.We should now cultivate a culture of changing managers depending on performance Wenger was like a permanent employee

    1. Phil says:

      The Arsenal Board kept blind faith with Wenger and look where that has taken us.So your right in regards to whoever the new Manager is he must be accountable.Its a pity Wenger was not made accountable a decade ago.
      @Nicholas Oyoo-A very good Subject Topic But with one very glaring error.When we played Real Madrid in 2006 the first leg was Away in Madrid which we won 1-0 with a magical Thierry Henry goal in a fantastic team performance.The second leg was at Highbury which you correctly have as a 0-0draw.Its all in the detail

  6. ThirdManJW says:

    All I want from now is accountability for our managers, and players.

    I am glad the board FINALLY grew a pair, and were ready to sack Wenger in the summer if he didn’t walk, but couldn’t they had forced his hand before the Atletico games? We NEVER stood a chance with Wenger still calling the shots (as we clearly saw over the two legs), but there would have been a glimmer of hope without Wenger at the helm. Our season could have been salvaged with EL triumph, and now it’s dead! Crazy to think that if we’d won the EL, we would have had a better season than Spurs, Utd, Chelsea, and Liverpool (if they don’t win the CL). Instead the board let Wenger mess it up just one last time! Very frustrating because it was so obvious what was going to happen against Atletico, unless they dismissed Wenger.

  7. Chizzy Nigeria says:

    Lol.. You must be dreaming to think Madrid will sell their only one true centre back who’s one of the most reliable in the world. I like the thought of Dembele as Greizeman to barca will possibly make that happen but he’ll definitely cost more than a direct swap

  8. Wolfgang says:

    Football is aresults oriented business I repeat business now. Its no more pllaying
    for the love of the game or team.That was in the past with maximum wage of GBP 20.
    The floodgates opened when it was abolished .
    To be frank Arsenal shd have got rid of the fm years ago and not this season. He was all powerful and could see himself doing no wrong. Yet the heavy defeats shd have spurred the board to hold him accountable.
    Hopefully it aint too late and I honestly hope the gunners can challenge for the epl.

  9. P. Mulundu says:

    I cannot let go Ramsey and retain Welbec.

  10. Grandad says:

    I know you are really stirring it up with your fantacies?As an Arsenal fan from Aberdeen my thoughts are with Sir Alex and his family.Let’s hope he fully recovers.

    1. Nikkogunners says:

      We have in our thoughts and let’s hope he recovers

  11. Arnold says:

    Rebuilding Arsenal team should be easy since we have people now in place who will together not like has been in the past ten years decisions for everything was on one person hands

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