16 responses

  1. Polo
    19/04/2016

    Well done Josif, excellent article.

  2. paul le’dain
    19/04/2016

    The way Arsene Wenger is acting at the minute giving the the players friday & then monday off l think he either knows next season will be his last or he has given up all hope already.
    l mean when he first came to Arsenal we all thought he was the best thing since sliced bread,but now most of the supporters & even the players are losing heart with Le Prof, unless he guts that team and does the unthinkable & spends millions on rebuilding the club we are going to end up no where!!!!!!

  3. paul le’dain
    19/04/2016

    The way Arsene Wenger is acting at the minute giving the the players friday & then monday off l think he either knows next season will be his last or he has given up all hope already.
    l mean when he first came to Arsenal we all thought he was the best thing since sliced bread,but now most of the supporters & even the players are losing heart with Le Prof, unless he guts that team and does the unthinkable & spends millions on rebuilding the club we are going to end up no where!!!!!!

  4. walter
    19/04/2016

    Paul,
    He maybe is trying to do a Leicester? The seem to train one day less than the rest and are the fittest team of them all…

  5. walter
    19/04/2016

    Excellent article Josif.

  6. Dazza64
    19/04/2016

    Paul,

    Without the knowing the training plan speculating on the merits of giivng the players Friday & Monday off is irrelevant, regardless of manager and league position.

  7. SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin
    19/04/2016

    One thing is certain, the Boss will not on his own accord leave Arsenal after this current season has ended. Moreso if Arsenal qualify for next season Ucl.

    Qualiying for the Ucl has always been the gimmick the Boss has been employing as a tactics to remain at Arsenal for the last 12 BPL & Ucl titlesless years.

    Arsenal won 2 back to back FA Cup in the last 2 seasons. But we are soon back to square 1 again this season to where we were before those 2 FA Cup wins.

    Does the Boss carry along the opinions of his constituency which are the Arsenal fans in his decision making on new players recruitment for Arsenal? I’ve not yet seen him do this.

    Has Steve Bould offended anybody so as not to be given the Arsenal manager when the Boss finally called it a day? The Boss won’t leave at the end of this season to make the appoimtment of Steve Bould happens. Bould is not a potential manager like some who h’ve been mentioned for the Job but a proven assistant manager. Manuel Pelegrini w’ll soon be available.

  8. Rich
    19/04/2016

    Good stuff again, Josif

    I’ve enjoyed this series of yours. Tallies with my thoughts that there simply isn’t a compelling case that someone else is likely to do better at the present time. They may do, they might do, it’s possible…but that’s not the same case as they almost certainly will, or they are guaranteed to do so.

    That Stojkovic goal was a big favourite of mine from my Goals of Italia 90 tape I watched hundreds of times as a kid (nothing could beat Baggio’s for me, though!)

    Special world cup for me, my first one. Even went and bought the proper replica match ball for 40 quid ( bout half a year’s pocket money) Well worth it.

    In my mind, the greatest football ever made.

  9. Mandy Dodd
    19/04/2016

    Great read. Dragan S an interesting character, and comes recommended by Wenger himself, and sounds like he is not without his merits.
    Just cannot see Paddy or Thierry but stranger things have happened.
    As for leaders, we have two who stand out, our captains, one always injured, and sadly, seems like he will depart….personally, wish Wenger would find a role for him. The other Per, cannot get a game, though with our nervous defence, maybe it is time to bring him back for the remaining games and let Gabriel continue his development at some other time?
    Who replaces Wenger is an intriguing issue. I hope he takes another three year contract,but not because he is Mr moneyball Beanes hero, not because Stan worships him, not because the board are scared to let him go, not because of his glorious past and trophies recently, not because Untolders rate him, but because he will have genuinely earned the right. Judging by this season, he needs to do a bit more next season, no point having Stans backing if the crowd have turned.
    If we don’t finish strongly, have a good summer….whatever that means and show further improvement in the tough league next season, I fear the debate over the new man may be about something very imminent this time next year.
    But Dragan….definitely an interesting one!

  10. Pat
    19/04/2016

    Hi Josif.

    Did you mean it when you said Arsene Wenger said he would like to see Stojkovic as his heir? If so, when did he say it, and in what context?

  11. Menace
    19/04/2016

    Good article Josif. You have not considered half the world that is available. Think about it.

    Innovation is an amazing equaliser.

  12. para
    20/04/2016

    In reality all we can wish for is that when Arsenal appoint our next manager/coach, whoever he is, that he has the ability to take the team forward. That’s it really.

    We may be shocked at the appointment, we may be pleased at it or it may just leave us cold.

    I for one could not say who i could imagine being our next manager, (getting some strange strange thoughts though) but it appears we still have another season before that happens.

  13. Gooner S
    20/04/2016

    @Para Exactly my thoughts.

    @Josif I’ve enjoyed each one of your posts

  14. Col
    20/04/2016

    “As I have written while assessing the Group 1 of candidates, our next manager will be expected to win the league in his first season.”

    Nonsense. Whilst I agree that expectations are unreasonably high amongst some supporters, the level flak Wenger gets is because Arsenal haven’t won the league for more than a decade (not just 1 year), and don’t look anywhere near doing so in the near future. If people see progress instead of what looks to many like stagnation the new manager will get given the benefit of the doubt, at least for a while, just as Klopp and Pochettino have been. I don’t think the vast majority of Arsenal supporters (pro or anti Wenger) have anything like the sense of entitlement that Man U’s have for example – but don’t forget they arrived at this disturbed psychological state after dominating the league for 20 years under SAF, something Arsenal have never done.

    I think Wenger has been badly let down by a number of his senior players after putting a lot of faith in them, so expect quite a lot of ‘cesc-on-mourinho’ type contrition if Wenger is forced out. Personally, I would like to see Wenger see out his contract, and go out and buy a valedictory striker in the summer who really is Arsenal class (like RVP for MU), and give the title one last real go. I can’t see him wanting to stay beyond next season under any circumstances, given his age.

  15. Pat
    20/04/2016

    It’s ok, Josif, I found the reference to Dragan Stojkovic via Google. It seems to stem from a Serbian publication of 2011. Arsene Wenger said he had the same football philosophy as he has and other complimentary things.

  16. Polo
    21/04/2016

    If fans begin to accept park the bus football and don’t mind watching it then I thought of an idea where a team might never lose and win the games here and there. Put 4 large sumo’s with a minimum waist size of 1.7 metres and height of at least 2 metres and make them stand on the goal line with 1 goal keeper collecting and ball that doesn’t pass the sumo’s, the defense will be impenetrable. Put 3 roaming midfielders to create goal opportunity and 3 strikers to score goals (2 speedsters for counter and 1 tall one for aerials).

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