By Sir Hardly Anyone
So now we see what we get when the wild and whacky world of journalists, bloggers, pundits the AST and ArsenalTVNews get their way, and the manager goes. Maybe it will all run smoothly. Maybe Arsenal already have a new manager in place. Maybe it is not Brendon Rodgers. Maybe it is.
The simple fact is that when someone or some group announce that everything will automatically be all right if only x will happen, generally speaking it doesn’t work. Because all situations are far more complex than that.
With Arsenal we will of course see, and now the first suggestions are being made by the media as to just how much money the new manager will have to spend. That figure seems to be coming in at around £50m for the summer – although if there are a few successful sales that might be bolstered a little.
The problem with the sales of course is that much of the squad has been so denigrated by the Anti-Arsene movement that their value has declined along with their self-belief which makes major money sales less likely. True Liverpool paid £35m for the Ox, but there aren’t many more who Arsenal will willingly let go whose value is now that high. The years of ceaseless bitching have done their job.
The current list of possible incomers for the top job include Max Allegri, Mikel Arteta, Leonardo Jardim, Julian Nagelsmann, Joachim Löw and Luis Enrique to take some of the names mentioned in the Telegraph and being bandied elsewhere. But would they want to be pilloried at the first opportunity by the Guardian, the aaa and the rest? Perhaps not. Indeed why should they when there are far more comfortable jobs elsewhere. Indeed it is possible that given the way the aaa has so cleverly got itself into the heart of the media, Arsenal may now be utterly unmanageable.
But there is a general view that a new centre back and perhaps a new goalkeeper might soak up the available dosh – although the latter depends on how well any of the young keepers have been doing. Whether we need a central midfielder also depends on how much the new man believes in Elneny, Xhaka and Wilshere.
The Telegraph, to stay with them for a moment, particularly note Mainz centre-back Abdou Diallo as a possibility, which is a rather different approach from the headline “Arsenal need a realist who will get rid of half the squad” (which also appeared in the Telegraph).
The change of management also delays the negotiations with Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck and any attempt to get Jack Wilshere to accept his new deal. There will of course also be a resumption of the eternal Héctor Bellerín to Barcelona stories. That I think goes without saying, although I just said it. Just in case it didn’t.
And of course with no manager in charge actually everything will remain on hold until the appointment is made – which could take a while – one more of the inevitable consequences of the action of the Anti-Arsene gangs.
But it is strange how fast the media can change. SportsKeeda for example reruns an old Untold story on the players who have left Arsenal for better things only to find that it was the management of their playing by Mr Wenger that actually made them any good.
They go for Petit, Song, Flamini, Adebayor and Hleb. Not a complete list but certainly a fair start.
So who might come into the squad as and when a new manager is appointed?
1: John Stones.
Source: Metro, Caught Offside and Sun.
Liverpool are also interested. And he’s English which will help in dealing with any new PL and FA restrictions once the UK leaves the EU.
2: Bernd Leno.
Source: The DaisyCutter
He’s Bayer Leverkusen’s goalkeeper, aged 26, and he has played over 200 games for them.
3: Jan Oblak.
Source: Football London
The £87.5m buy-out clause would take him out of Arsenal’s league it seems especially for a keeper. But he has stated that he is unsure over his Atletico Madrid future following talk of a move away from what the source tells us is “the Spanish capital”. Glad we got that one sorted. He’s 25, he came from Benfica
Having joined from Benfica in 2014, the 25-year-old has impressed many with a number of fine performances over the past four years for Diego Simeone’s team.
4: Keylor Navas.
Source: The Daisy Cutter
He’s the keeper with Real Madrid and a Costa Rican. He’s 31 and has played for the madmen almost 100 times.
5: Karim Benzema
Here’s a new twist on a very old story from the Daily Canon. “Carlo Ancelotti has told Arsenal he’ll only take over from Arsene Wenger if the club sign Karim Benzema.”
Still, at least they are now calling some of the stuff they report “ridiculous” which is a step in the right direction. They blame El Gol Digital.
And that is about it for players as otherwise everyone has suddenly stopped printing player transfer stories and is instead talking about the new manager and very slowly some of the loud voices that wanted Arsene Wenger out now realise that actually this could mean someone far worse comes in. The best of very few original goodies is …
6: Claudio Ranieri (spotted at the Emirates)
His appearance has left many Arsenal fans in a panic. (Caught Offside)
And elsewhere on the management front…
7: Thierry Henry says he is surprised that no new manager has been appointed yet. (Express)
8: Craig Bellamy in the Star says that the management is already sorted out and a new appointment will be made almost at once.
9: The Mirror says it will be sorted by the start of next week (quoting Gary Neville)
10: The Neville said: “The news that was broke to us earlier this week, I think it was agreed at the end of last season, it isn’t a surprise. The two-year contract was a shield. I would think the back-room team, the directors, owners at Arsenal have been working on a transition plan.” Strange he never said that before Mr Wenger left.
10.5: 101 Great Goals and Pain in the Arsenal say it is going to be Arteta who has become as an innovative coach under the guidance of Pep Guardiola.
And apparetly “Gazidis is confident that after just one season in coaching, the Spaniard is ready to make the step up to becoming a manager.”
So there you have it. The Aftermath.
And here’s the banner pic again, just because we all enjoy it. Blacksheep, you done us proud.
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