Wenger set for Nagoya Grampus reunion?

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Arsenal could face Arsene Wenger’s former side Nagoya Grampus as part of this summer’s tour of the Far East.

The Gunners have already announced a fixture against the Indonesian national team in Jakarta and are now reportedly in discussions with the J-League side about a match on 23 July.

Arsenal were eyeing a visit to Japan in 2011 but postponed plans in the aftermath of the Tsunami of March that year which tragically claimed so many lives. They subsequently sent the Ladies first team squad to the country on an 11-day Charity Tour to consolidate links with the club’s burgeoning fanbase.

An executive at Nagoya is quoted as saying, “We have talked about this. It is currently under review,” while an Arsenal source has confirmed that the game is “under consideration.”

In addition to being an exciting trip to the land of Inamoto and Miyaichi, the match would also represent an intriguing showdown between Arsene Wenger, who managed Nagoya for one year in the mid-nineties, and Dragan Stojkovic, the player he signed for the club and whom on more than one occasion the Frenchman has tipped to be his successor at the Emirates.

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kierangibbs'legs
kierangibbs'legs

FUCK ME. I thought wenger was gonna leave arsenal.

Dolgion
Dolgion

Me too, some kind of announcement that he will return there once his time finishes at Arsenal. Would be just the thing I’d expect him to do.
Thankfully it’s just a preseason game. Would be pretty cool to see them play a J-League team. I wonder how good the Japanese league is…

Oh and also curious about that Dragan Stojkovic fella…

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bloggs is becoming attention hungry these days….

lol

big dawg
big dawg

Wow imagine havin a manager called Dragan. Spurs would shit themselves.

Casper
Casper

Dawg, it would be worth the appointment upon Mr Wenger’s retirement just for that one point alone.

goonero
goonero

We’re pretty damn lucky having a manager whose name is arsen(e)!

king_bilo
king_bilo

And so, the master and apprentice as they were once known shall do battle in the temple of Nagoya. *Cue funny Bruce Lee sound bites*.

bernieddevil
bernieddevil

Um Bruce Lee was Chinese you muppet!

gooner odst
gooner odst

i think he was going for an “Enter the Dragan” based pun.

Casper
Casper

It’s true then? Tabloid headlines write themselves!

Gunnersaurus Rex
Gunnersaurus Rex

How about a tour to Mex(Nacho)ico??

Japanese Gunner
Japanese Gunner

Wenger is a fucking legend in Japan. He took a relegation-battling club and won the J-League in his first year. Part of Wenger’s obsession about a healthy diet was inspired from his time in Japan (if Santos ate only Japanese food for a month might even become a proper football player). Instead of the helter/skelter of Hong Kong and China like last summer, hope this summer the players get a chance to relax and enjoy their time in Asia with good food and hot-spring bath in Japan.

Ryodinho
Ryodinho

Japanese Gunner – Wenger is indeed a legend in Japan, but to be factually accurate, he won the Emperor’s Cup, not the J-League. Nagoya finished 2nd in the league that season.

3rd place is a trophy
3rd place is a trophy

fook me, my bad. i was still a university student back then – too drunk to remember all the details correctly.

but one thing I remember clearly was how this Dragan Stojkovic dominated the MOTD-equivalent every week with some amazing goals. get used to this name, he might be Wenger’s replacement in 2014-2015.

Charles Eyoh

I belive dat 1 day arsen winger will leave de team.

DarylC
DarylC

Thanks for your prophecy enlightened one!

Ifaz
Ifaz

This comment, changed my life.

Frog
Frog

Best comment ever.

i want to boff junichi inamoto and im not even gay
i want to boff junichi inamoto and im not even gay

‘Ahhhh, arsene, we velly velly solly you no win cup no more!’

I want to punch tony pubis, lots and lots
I want to punch tony pubis, lots and lots

Comedies not your strong point is it!

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

fucks sake…

GreenGunner80
GreenGunner80

muppet

bard
bard

The Japanese have no sound for the letter ‘L’ instead of ‘R’.

Fuck’s sake, can’t even be racist right.

rossi88
rossi88

…meh.

Pride of London
Pride of London

Booked flights for the United game in april. Would it be hard to get 4 tickets for the game? its our last home league

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

Very, very hard. yes. Good luck though.

Pride of London
Pride of London

hopefully i can get them. Thanks dude

Indigooner
Indigooner

Talking about consolidating links with the burgeoning fanbase, can we please have Arsenal tour India!

Tokyo Gunner
Tokyo Gunner

I am a North London gooner currently working in Japan. I am pleased to confirm that Wenger has maintained a wonderful legacy on the island. Locals remember him with great fondness (that fact that he’s French adds to the allure). He is quite rightly revered due to his unique achievement with Nagoya – it’s the equivalent of QPR appointing a new manager mid-season due to desperately poor form (as has happened with ‘arry), and then finishing 2nd in the league whilst winning the FA Cup. Oh and Wenger did this without spending hideous sums of money on the Japanese equivalents of Remy and Samba. He focussed on changing the mindset of the players, getting them to express themselves and taking the initiative, whilst also tapping into the Japanese mentality of collective endeavour and teamwork. What a legendary man!

Ryo is a huge star here. Girls think he’s cute and the guys are very hopeful he becomes a success, following in the footsteps of Nakata and Inamoto. He could be a poster boy for us if he’s given an opportunity. From a crude marketing perspective, he has more appeal than Kagawa. We should integrate him into the squad next season and give him more gametime than Martinez has afforded him.

SH
SH
Goon
Goon

If and when Arsene does leave I will be very upset. But what I want is for him to have a say on who succeeds him and I want another manager who can commit long-term. Stojkovic looks just the type, let’s hope Arsene’s instinct is as good on managers as it is on players. Does anyone know how well his team is doing?

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

Loving the banner, it’s not exactly “welcome to hell” is it?

any japanese experts – how does fan rivalry manifest itself in the j league? i’m presuming there are no firms or running street battles. is there chanting and taking the piss? or is it entirely civilised in a way none of us would entirely understand?

Tokyo Gunner
Tokyo Gunner

Urawa Reds have the most passionate fan base in Japan. Very well organised and they sing bastardised versions of English football chants for 90 minutes. The J League matchday experience is interesting because of the high proportion of female fans. It is of course much more civilised than in England. Less swearing and less vitriolic anger. But I have heard stories of clashes between Urawa ultras and their counterparts at other clubs.

heihaci
heihaci

what’s happened to Miyaichi on loan at Wigan?

Tokyo Gunner
Tokyo Gunner

Still injured, unfortunately. A real shame.

Justin Bernard
Justin Bernard

Wenger, please come to North America, you’re ignoring a growing market here!

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tony
tony

This is excellent news, i will be lining up for these tickets.

Ozzi Gooner
Ozzi Gooner

Nothing would make me happier than have Piksi involved with the mighty Arse but I’m not too convinced he’d be up to the full expectations. Don’t get me wrong as I’m well aware of the legend that is Dragan, his free kick goal v Spain in Italia ’90 still gives me goose bumps till this day but he also missed the penalty kick v Argentina.
Dragan’s a legend in his own right but not what the Arse need once Wenger leaves. I feel the Dutch school with its technical style would best suit us and hopefully the rumours of Denis returning would be great for our future.
Oh to Be an Ozzi Gooner!!!

kkc
kkc

maybe a trip to India might happen one day. How awesome would that be.