Making some sense of Arsenal’s transfer window

The summer transfer gossip always gets way out of hand, especially for glistening Arsenal eyes. Media put their flashiest bait on the hook and don’t have to wait long before we eagerly bite. Ousmane Dembélé is available for sale? Of course he’ll join us, even though we don’t have Champions League football or the money, and the fact that a number of bigger clubs would be drooling at the opportunity.

It makes dreamers out of all of us. Even the most cynical bastards, like me. But let’s be realistic for a moment.

Continue reading “Making some sense of Arsenal’s transfer window”

Arsenal can make moves this summer. Here’s how

Taking a close look at Arsenal’s squad registration and Short Term Cost Control situation before the summer spending begins.

The transfer window has opened, and before every silly season I, and hopefully the club, go through the logistics of the squad and how much the club can actually spend on recruitments before it shuts on August 9th.

There haven’t been any deals yet from Arsenal this transfer window. Although, as usual, many have been reported close to signing for the club. The only changes have been in the staff at the Emirates.

Wenger and two handfuls of staff have so far only been replaced by the new head coach, Emery. The Spaniard’s own staff has yet to arrive: Perhaps the reason Arsenal haven’t finalised any player signings yet.

A massive overhaul of the staff is imminent, there has been significant changes to the squad in the last year and the potential for further changes in the squad is there too, in Emery’s first summer at Arsenal. But how?

Continue reading “Arsenal can make moves this summer. Here’s how”

Keywords for Arsenal ahead of the last battle in Madrid

Negatives and positives, the club’s dreadful away record and Wenger’s thoughts.

Arsenal had grabbed hold of the long straw in London before Atletico’s Griezmann snatched it right out of their hands with ten minutes left on the clock. The Gunners were left with the short straw in a performance only held back by an absolute calamity of a goal conceded, but the signs were promising. It’s now time for Arsenal to go to Madrid and nab the long straw back.

Continue reading “Keywords for Arsenal ahead of the last battle in Madrid”

Arsenal leave stars in London against Man Utd

Squad info and how the team will likely line up against Man Utd, and in Madrid on Thursday.

Arsenal facing Man United on Sunday, between the two ties against Atletico Madrid, is awkward to say the least. Even with nothing to play for in the league, a lot of pride and importance is involved in a rivalry like the one at Old Trafford. It might also be Wenger’s last ever battle with Mourinho. It puts the Frenchman in a tough predicament.

How should the Gunners line up against Man United when every one of their starting players are crucial against Atletico on Thursday? Which is also one of Wenger’s most important games of his career.

Continue reading “Arsenal leave stars in London against Man Utd”

The managers most fit to take over for Wenger, according to Arsenal’s stated wishlist

Arsenal have begun their search for a new manager for the first time in 22 years, with possible competition from Chelsea’s Abramovich if his notoriously fragile patience runs out again after the season.

On Friday’s already infamous announcement, Gazidis revealed the different principles the board will be looking for in their candidates for the fresh Arsenal job.

Continue reading “The managers most fit to take over for Wenger, according to Arsenal’s stated wishlist”

Takk og farvel, Arsène Wenger

Dagen kom. Diskusjonen som har skygget over fotballen på banen og til tider revet fanbasen sakte med sikkert i to, som et ark rett ned midten, er over.

Etter 22 år med kanon- emblemet på brystet, gjennom mørke og lyse tider, forsvinner en legende fra klubben.

Wenger er en mann som elsker Arsenal så mye han ikke kunne tenke seg å trene noe annet lag. Ikke engang Real Madrid eller Paris Saint-Germain. En mann som aldri ga opp. En mann som alltid stod foran spillerene sine når kulene fløy. En mann som har gitt oss minner for livet, saftige drømmer og mareritt. Det kan lett sies at å være Arsenal- fan aldri har vært kjedelig.

Et gammelt tre som har grodd røttene sine langt inn i jorden skal nå rives ned. De lange røttene etterlater selvfølgelig store tomrom. Tomrom Gazidis og resten av Arsenal- styret forutså forrige sommer og til store grader fylte med å hente en ny mann til å finne signeringer i Sven Mislintat, og en mann som skal se til å fullføre disse overgangene og opprettholde Arsenals relevans mellom klubbene rundt omkring i verden i Raul Sanllehi.

En må håpe at oppsigelsen fra Wenger ikke kommer som et for stort sjokk på styret, som nå må finne en tilstrekkelig erstatter for franskmannen. Det positive med at Wenger sier i fra såpass tidlig, med fem ligakamper og ikke minst to viktige oppgjør mot Atletico Madrid i Europa League igjen å spille, er at styret får tid til å identifisere kandidatene til å ta over og gjøre en anstendig evaluering av dem før sommeren. En jobb det har blitt spekulert Sanllehi har sett til siden han ankom klubben.

Forhåpentligvis gir dette spillerene et ekstra boost inn i sluttfasen av sesongen, for Wenger fortjener ikke mindre enn det hvertfall.

Med tanke på Gazidis og co sine rekrutteringer i personalet i fjor sommer, resultatene på banen og fansens apati er det logisk at en ny kontrakt fra Arsenal i 2019 aldri ville realiseres for Wenger. Med eller uten Europa League- trofeet så så det mørkt ut for franskmannen.

Heldigvis er han smart nok til å forstå at klubben kommer først, og at klubben synker sakte med sikkert ved hans hender. Wenger har ofte sakt at om han ikke kan gjøre jobben lenger, så vil han gi seg. Mange satt spørsmålstegn rundt hans integritet og ærlighet rundt dette, siden mulighetene til å si farvel har vært mange og gode, men til slutt holdt han ordet sitt.

Etter to påfølgende sesonger med åpenbar avstigning, hvor Wenger eksperimenterte med systemer med to og tre midtstoppere, knuste overgangsrekorder, men så seg til slutt slått av de samme konkurrentene igjen, forstod han nok at hans tid i Arsenal var over.

Uansett om du er Wenger inn eller Wenger ut, så sitter du med en rar følelse i magen i dag. Arsenal- skuta kommer snart til å seile inn i ukjent farvann uten mannen vi har sett til i 22 år ved roret, mens et nytt spennende eventyr nærmer oss i horisonten.

Statuen vil snart stå klar, ikke lenge etter Wenger går ut Emirateses dører med hodet løftet høyt.

A compilation of tributes to Arséne Wenger

“I am in a job where you always look in front of you. Unfortunately, the older you get, the less distance there is in front of you.”

“When I retire, I will buy a season ticket, wear red and white, and hope Arsenal win on a Saturday”

– Arsène Wenger.

There has been a thunderstorm of tributes and people wanting to give their last appraisal of the manager since the announcement on Friday morning, which revealed he will be leaving after the season.

It seems like actually every person in the football sphere has contributed. And that speaks volumes to the impact Wenger had on them and the world of football.

Here is a fraction of what people have said.

Continue reading “A compilation of tributes to Arséne Wenger”