Sunday, October 2, 2022

Video: Dick Law on football structures, social media struggles, and more

Further to our story from earlier on about Dick Law talking at a Brazilian conference, and saying that Arsene Wenger has ‘strong support’ from the board, you can watch his presentation below.

There’s some over-dubbed audio at times, but he touches on the idea of a Director of Football, the structures currently in place at Arsenal, modern football and more.

There’s an early example of why we need to modernise early on when Law talks about a new area called ‘team performance’ which touches on team psychology. Players confidence being up or down, but also how communication has changed.

He says, “The whole notion of social media and the impact it has is something that we can’t get our hands around in the UK, and certainly not at Arsenal.

“All we know is it’s happening, it’s getting bigger, and we’ve got to get our hands around it.”

All we know is it’s happening?! And ‘certainly not at Arsenal’?! Blimey. Anyway, it’s worth a watch.

If the video doesn’t start at the right time, go to 1:02’20

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bon jonbovi

Jesus wept

The Loon Ranger

And here’s “Dick” saying we’ve got to get our hands round it. Well if the board didn’t spend so much time dicking around I’m sure our season would’ve been much better


Why the fuck is this guy talking!?!? According to Wrighty, this clown missed the plain to Germany when we were signing Mesut Ozil on deadline day. Blimey….

Bruce Lee

That bloody social media 😉


and and and, theres this thing. Called the internet. We really need to embrace it, or we’ll get left behind. Bayern Munich have been using the internet, and so must we!


Interesting insight but based on his presentation, Dick doesnt come across as someone who is particularly impressive (commanding) and incisive and certainly not the sort of person who should be in charge of negotiating transfers and fronting Arsenal in what must be a high stakes ‘game’ of persuading potential players to sign on with Arsenal

ospina\'s thumb

Is Dick Law better at this presentation lark than he is at this whole signing players thing?

Vin Unleaded

What the actual fuck?


Interesting to continue the video and watch/listen to David Dein – its clear he must have been quite formidable when he was a board member at Arsenal and even now came across as someone more composed, focused and inspirational than Dick Law

Lord Bendtner

I say it’s about time we take the Internet to court

Arsenal FC vs. The Internet:
Judge enters, takes seat, puts on glasses, opens laptop: “Give me a minute to just sort out some things”… Googles ‘How to Judge a court case’
Judge: Okay, you may proceed
Lawyer Law: Your honor, today..
Judge: Objection Overruled!
(puzzled courtroom)
Judge: Hang on a minute… (glances back to laptop)….

Q3 Technique

So in summary there are 4 models: (1) the outlier (not really used anymore, basically the Dein-Wenger / Gill/Ferguson style), (2) committee (e.g. man utd, liverpool & chelsea), (3) executive director (used commonly in Germany and Southampton, and (4) director of football (e.g. barcelona, man city). Each model can demonstrate successes and failures be seen as successful as various levels. So calls for a Director of Football are somewhat simplistic, why go for this model over others? Dick Law sees the executive director model becoming more popular (does this somehow indicate his preference for this model???). He indicated his worst… Read more »


You’ve summed it up pretty well, especially the part about false logical arguments regarding the success of the various models. I am sick to f*cking death of seeing Man City used as a model for any other club to follow. While they were spending nearly a billion pounds on players, they were also starting satellite football clubs on four continents. Their model and their ex-Barcelona executives are meaningless without the investment that’s allowed them to make huge mistakes in the transfer market and throw more and more cash at the problem. It was more interesting seeing Southampton used as an… Read more »


Yes we definitely need to get our hands around this, Dick


This guy’s bumbling incompetence is probably a significant reason for our transfer failings. All things considered though, our last 5 games have yielded 4 wins and a loss, with some decent football thrown in and big results against Man utd, City and last year’s champions. I know we all want to be 4/5 places higher in the table right now, and the management is a steaming mess. But with an cup final looming perhaps things are not as gloomy as people make out.


Also, I don’t want to completely take the blame away from Wenger but consider this: 1) Wenger never throws anyone under the bus, but the closest he has come is with this guy Dick, and his recent comments. With all the stories coming out about his incompetence last few years (missing the plane to land Ozil, etc), would it surprise you if he is responsible for fucking up a lot of potential deals? 2) Wenger still knows how to spot a player. He knows everyone in every league. Also, players still want to play for him. 3) Say what you… Read more »

Dennis \'All airmiles and elbows\' Bergkamp

Cue a statement from Gazidis promising us that we will be competing with the social media power of Bayern Munich in five years time…

Coach O

People have to see beyond winning and losing because in our world we over glorify winning and condemn losing when in fact wise men like Wenger learn how to manage them and rise above the painstaking mindset of media and sometimes fans criticisms of his philosophy. Remember not one person complaining and screaming for Wenger’s replacement is even getting Arsenal pounds or receiving a quarter of a check to shop with or survive on. Be smart and let the business of football do what it Wants and that’s making money by not going bankrupt. LOL


The Law of the Dick….it’s getting bigger, and we’ve got to get our hands around it. I wonder if he has a Brazilian too.


Dick extolling the success and strength of our system:
The Law of Averages.


The Law under Dick or Dick under the Law obviously not up to speed with this inter thingy ma jib more a large Cock than a Dick


Shame Dick could only extend Coq’s contract.

Original Paul

Isn’t it “Which Model Works” not “What Model Works”! Not a great start to the slide show DICK! 🙂

Original Paul

Please come back David!


So Richard Law and David Dein went head to head with presentations. A few thoughts:
1) Dein is a much better presenter. Told a story, warm personality, much more engaging.
2) Dein doesn’t work for Arsenal anymore, but his love of the club came through much more (despite Law’s attempts at mentioning the win v Man and the Cup final were very forced).
3) Relationship with Gilberto and Edu…a man with Arsenal history.
4) Dein knows the Premier League inside out. Who said he would no longer be able to cut the mustard?
5) Fake tans. It’s a draw.


Fairly interesting speech, and our structure is pretty much what I thought it was. The problem with this system though is that the with the manager having full responsibility for all almost all footballing operations is that no-one is planning and building for the future and for future success. I think Wenger is a reasonable manager at making sure everything is running approximately as it should but he either doesn’t have the time or the capability of thinking, ok so our scouting/coaching/conditioning are working but could they be better? What would be the ideal for these systems and how do… Read more »


David Dean’s bit was much better! Even when the Portuguese translator dude started talking over him…I can’t speak Portuguese, but Dein was a lot more charismatic and insightful and I’m fairly sure probably better at transfer negotiations?


what’s wrong with Dick signing players? Did he not help us sign Mesut Ozil and Alexis? Because there were 6 or 7 other clubs who could have signed them and had the resource to compete if not spend more than us. Did he not also help sign Koscielny and Monreal? Not to mention Cech and Santi? They were steals the former off of a team whose manager then bore great and childish animosity toward us. Did he not help us sign Rob Holding for 2m? I don’t seem to recall David Dein’s hand in any of these signings? Were we… Read more »


He’s not a PR expert to be fair.He’s a suit that concludes on deals identified by Wenger and his network of scouts.


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