ARSENAL and Tottenham Hotspur may have something in common other than a shared geography – they have hosted influential and extremely gifted managers who operate on an autocratic basis. Arsène Wenger was well known to be his own man, stubborn and convinced of his own methods and reluctant to change. In the end, Arsenal had to wait for Wenger to decide when it was time to … Continue reading The sins of Wenger and Pochettino, strangely similar
ALTHOUGH some people believe Arsenal’s current ownership structure has given the club an air of respectability and a reputation for restraint, there is no doubt it has contributed to the North London institution falling behind many of its peers. Rightly or wrongly, Arsenal, despite their undoubted financial strength and ability to generate huge revenues, have been usurped by Chelsea and Manchester City domestically and, to … Continue reading Unrest in the luxury suite at Arsenal
THIS coming summer is going to be dominated by managerial appointments, or at least, the search for appropriate candidates. With Paris St. Germain and Arsenal looking for a new coach and Chelsea likely to be in the same race, there’s a lack of obvious names around. One man who seems to feature in every vacant job discussion is Thomas Tuchel, currently unemployed but seemingly on … Continue reading Football Media Watch: The fascination with Tuchel
THE ONGOING debate over Jack Wilshere’s contract with Arsenal, which is likely to continue for some weeks, took another turn recently with the offer of reduced terms from the club, some months after manager Arsene Wenger told the player he could leave the Emirates if he found a a new club. Wilshere’s new deal, is still an eye-watering £ 90,000 per week, but when you … Continue reading Football Media Watch: Wilshere or won’t he?
ONCE AGAIN, the knife grinder has been to the Emirates and the Sabatiers are out for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. And Le Professeur has clearly had enough of the media and the constant probing of journalists – his latest press conference saw him get rather rattled by the questions being asked about his contract and whether he was likely to fulfil it. No wonder the … Continue reading Commentary Box: Time to leave this man alone
AS the two London giants prepare to meet in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup, we look at why Chelsea have been the source of so much angst at Arsenal. There’s no love lost between Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Chelsea – he’s been critical of the culture of the West London club down the years and successive managers of the Blues have been a thorn … Continue reading How Chelsea destroyed the Wenger aura
THERE’S A VERY iconic album cover from 1975 that features a sunbathing guy surrounded by a world in chaos. It’s by Supertramp and the album is called, Crisis, what crisis?. It could well be used as a metaphor for the Arsenal condition. The club’s fans now believe the Gunners are in crisis, the media is now openly critical of the stupor that characterises the men … Continue reading Missouri, we may have a problem: The Arsenal dilemma
ARSENAL’S implosion on the pitch is one thing, but the club is apparently in crisis mode, from the protesters on the streets to the laughing Chilean on the bench, if you believe everything you see and read, there is an emergency on planet Gooner. But are Arsenal REALLY in crisis? Do they know what crisis means at the Emirates? We don’t think so, for Arsenal … Continue reading Gunners need a band aid, but do they know it’s crisis?
EACH SEASON, TV pundits sit and chin-stroke over another failed Arsenal title challenge. It has been happening for the past 13 years and the script is familiar beyond belief. Certainly for the last five years, Arsenal have been pursuing what Albert Einstein warned us about a long time ago: “Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. Every year, Arsenal … Continue reading The Wenger files open again
THIS weekend, Arsenal and Chelsea meet in what is sure to be another chapter in the simmering rivalry between the two London giants. Thankfully, there will be no tiresome Wenger v Mourinho debate to dominate the headlines, but Arsenal are celebrating 20 years of Le Professeur – the man that brought the club great success in his first 10 years in charge. Whatever your view … Continue reading Is it fair to blame Arsene and his kind for England’s decline?
WHEN Roy Hodgson was appointed England manager in 2012 there were many who questioned his credentials for the job. A nice guy, yes, a safe pair of hands, certainly, but lacking in dynamism and perhaps an average track record. But there was more to Roy Hodgson than a softly-spoken manner and an avuncular appearance. A very intelligent man, but he really represented the past. When … Continue reading Call for a Frenchman
DESPITE the ongoing debate about Arsene Wenger’s future as Arsenal manager, the Frenchman stands out across the premier European football leagues for his durability. According to the latest report from CIES Football Observatory, Wenger has been in charge at Arsenal for 233 months. Nobody gets close to this figure – Wenger’s length of service is more than six times the next manager in the Premier, … Continue reading Wenger has most staying power among big five leagues
THERE is something slightly undignified about a man of Arsene Wenger’s stature having to defend himself in the media. As he rightly suggests, his record speaks for itself. Not only has Wenger outperformed Arsenal’s recent managerial incumbents such as George Graham, but he has also achieved more than the legendary Herbert Chapman. He’s won more titles than any other Arsenal manager, has a better win rate than … Continue reading The principle of good enough: Wenger and Arsenal