Guardiola: Arteta already behaves like a manager

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Pep Guardiola has backed Mikel Arteta to become a manager “sooner or later” although for he’s hoping he can retain his assistant at Manchester City for a while longer.

The Spaniard is the bookies favourite for the Arsenal head coach position with Unai Emery teetering on the edge of the sack after presiding over the club’s worst start since 1982/83.

Arteta, who spent five seasons as a player at the Emirates before retiring in 2016, was nearly given the responsibility two years ago in the aftermath of Arsene Wenger’s departure.

Asked about the prospect of his assistant returning to London, Guardiola had nothing but warm words for Arteta.

“Unai Emery is the manager of Arsenal,” he told Sky Sports after his side’s 2-1 win over Chelsea.

“[But] of course [Arteta] will be a manager sooner or later. We are going to finish the season but in the future I don’t know what is going to happen.

“I would like him to stay with us. Manchester City has a person of incredible value to work here in the future. But professional desires are professional desires. Everyone is more than satisfied to have him here.

He added: “He was an incredible player. The holding midfielder has a vision of what happens on the pitch. When you are a striker you think of the goals and ‘keepers to save it.

“But I think that the holding midfielder is an incredible lesson during your period as a football player. You don’t need to go to school.

“More than that he is an incredible human being and works a lot. I said after a few months together he would be a manager. He is already a manager – he behaves like a manager.”

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crapaud
crapaud

FECking make the decision to appoint him

rugrat
rugrat

seems like Guardiola’s requesting Arteta to stay via media

The optimist with little hope
The optimist with little hope

I think he’s talking him up so he gets the job this time…

Rob
Rob

There’s literally no one better than Arteta in the whole world to manage arsenal??? I mean I’m sure Guardiola takes his work home with him, why not appoint his wife? I’m sure she’s learnt lots from him and for longer than two years, or let’s go all out and give Guardiolas Mum the contract to arsenal football club.

Rob
Rob

Why are there such low standards, arsenal have one of the best forward lines in Europe, a very good team really, the right manager can easily pull top 4 with this year. Arteta has no evidence to suggest that he can be that guy, he’s a massive risk. Get someone experienced now is not the time to take risks or we’ll lose auba, lacka and ozil this summer

Alex
Alex

Maybe they know something you don’t? Maybe they have the evidence that you don’t?

Rob
Rob

Hitler would’ve loved people like you Alex

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Why do people on the internet always find a way to bring Hitler into the argument?

SG_Gooner
SG_Gooner

why do people on the internet talk like they are not on the internet???!!!

😀

George
George

Haha. Nicely said. We’re all freaks.

George
George

‘A paradigmatic fascist dictator requiring blind and absolute obedience without question’ is more of a mouthful.

Nzini
Nzini

lol good one

Atom
Atom

There might not be a lot of top type managers who are willing to come here right now. Ten Haag has already said he won’t leave Ajax this year. Pochettino is unlikely to want to come to a slightly worse version of what he just left (limited resources but with a worse squad than Spuds). Allegri is really iffy given his style is similar to Emery which is partially what got him sacked from Juventus. I’m not sold on Arteta but he might not be a bad choice given the alternatives

Rob
Rob

Atom we are arsenal, we can easily spend 15m a year to double most managers current salaries.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Rob your really need to suggest you favourite no? I’d like Arteta me.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

*your

Atom
Atom

@rob

It’s not just about finances at this point. We’re a Europe league club who looks virtually certain to lose 2 of our top players (Lacazette & Auba) & likely very little money to spend. Add in Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern and possibly psg & Juventus could all be available this summer. I love Arsenal but this is 2nd tier job now as there are no real prospects of winning any major trophies (excluding FA cup) for likely 3-5 years

Rob
Rob

Why is there very little money? if kronke won’t spend then we flush him out to.

It’s sad to see the low expectations, we are arsenal with a billionaire owner, massive fan base, brand new stadium, very good squad and based in London. We are an attractive club to manage and play for.

It’s not our job to budget for the kronkes, it’s our job to put pressure on the kronkes to give the best to arsenal and we’ll make their lives difficult if they don’t.

Rob
Rob

And if auba and lacka see a very credible manager come in with a great vision they may want to stay. The best want to work with the best, and Arteta is unproven at any level

Atom
Atom

@ rob

That’s an absolute pipe dream – the owners could care less about the fans. The real value in the premier league isn’t in the actual team – it’s in the popularity of the league and the corresponding tv deals. The fans aren’t going to force Kroenke our or to spend money regardless of what they do.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

What would it take for them to care less?

George
George

Raspberry twizzlers.

David
David

Most of your so called *top managers* were unproven at some point in their careers. Our greatest ever manager was a gamble at the time so was SAF. Even Guardiola was a gamble, forget if he coached Barca B or not. I’m sorry but we’re not the force we once were and I’m certain Arteta will do a better job than the “experienced Emery”

Rob
Rob

Emery only won Europa League because he crashed out of champions League every time. And managed to come second in the league with PSG. Emery never had a high pedigree. Arteta was average player (never even made the Spain squad in his whole career) and we know nothing of him as a manager, massive risk not worth taking at this time.

jw1
jw1

Wrong people type a lot.

Da Boss
Da Boss

‘flush out’ the guy who owns 100% of the club…..you don’t know how ownership works do you…..

ScotchEggsRule
ScotchEggsRule

Rubbish. Spurs have a poorer squad than us.

NorthernGoon
NorthernGoon

The fact that the bullshit aimed at your comment Alex, is allowed, is testament to how bad this forum has got. What a set of cunts?! I for one agree with you Alex, who might know better? Simpletons in arm chairs or arguably the greatest manager of his generation… I wonder.

Rob
Rob

So anyone that disagrees with you is a cunt, what a mean person you are. Arteta is a Trojan horse gifted to us from pep, and we’d be one less team for him to worry about.

Abhi
Abhi

Err.. We don’t have a very good team.. And our owners lack ambition.. I can see how we aren’t attractive to the elite managers..

ScotchEggsRule
ScotchEggsRule

We have the makings of a very good team, but a shit manager.

db10s
db10s

I actually dont think our owners lack ambition. It more like they have hired what they thought are good football people to sort the club out. They don’t want to be hands on with the running of Arsenal. It has its pros and cons.

Bassie
Bassie

And how do you know that he’d be a good coach for this team. We can’t be so hasty to get a new coach that we settle for anyone. We know he was a good player and that he is doing well at Man City, but it a different capacity somewhat. I’d like him as well, but a few bad results would make things hard on him

Naked Cygan
Naked Cygan

Who has Arteta managed?
He works under the one of the best managers in the world. He also works for one of the richest clubs in the world who spend 70 millions for fun. Let him work for a club like Watford, Brighton, or Norwich and let’s see what he does. We need someone with experience and excellent game management.

Tribe
Tribe

Damn, this is a great fatweighted argument. Cheers.

Sancheezy
Sancheezy

Would you consider Eddie Howe then? Personally, I would LOVE to see Leonardo Joachim at Arsenal.

Dark horse pick: Clarence Seedorf?

These two blokes are about attacking football and making sure they communicate well with the team. They’re the opposite of Emery and making sure they’re ideals are clear to the team and the team is happy.

Nilaroulettes
Nilaroulettes

I always loved the idea of having Jardim !
What he did with Monaco was incredible. Champion’s league semi-final and won ligue 1, beating Emery’s PSG with half the budget.

Gargon
Gargon

Ajax manager with overmans while retaining freddie.

BODMAS
BODMAS

No to Arteta please. Allegri or Freddie

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

So no one with some experience. Either all the experience or no experience.

Bring back David Hillier

Freddie Flintoff or Flinstone?

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Barney Rubble is well likeable though! Let’s not rule him out just yet… 🙂

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

I can see Thelma sorting out the defence?

Haldi
Haldi

That’s Wilma to you sir.

anonarse
anonarse

You have to explain why Freddie would be a better solution than Arteta.

Mpls
Mpls

Arteta’s hair just lines up the same way every time. The whole league has got it figured out.

But Freddie.. Freddie’s hair does TACTICS.
It changes with the times

Well, DID tactics anyway.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Yes but the other managers would know that Freddie would dye his hair red and prepare for it??

Martin
Martin

He wouldn’t. Neither are the answer.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Freddie at least has some experience of managing a team, and with positive results, too.

Pepe Le Pew
Pepe Le Pew

Freddie managed very successfully the youth team. He is a proven winner and bold enough to colour his hair red! So here you have it!! #rooting4freddie

Martin
Martin

So many who want to gamble with a man who had has no experience as a manager. Please bring in a proven winner like Allegri. Why areso many against this?

Ben Constable
Ben Constable

Because we went down the proven winner route in Emery, and it has been a train wreck. Not saying that means we should jump to the next extreme, but one of the intriguing things about hiring a Head Coach like Arteta is the unknown. Might be a disaster, I’m willing to give it a try.

Ealing
Ealing

Allegri was winning with Juventus, like emery with PSG, leagues with no real competition

Bassie
Bassie

While I agree with this Allegro won with more that one team when there was competition and he also progressed far in the Champions League…two finals I think. Always made quarter final, but with a great defence.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Because we did that recently?

kaius
kaius

I don’t get it. We chose an experienced manager, it didn’t work, so the most obvious solution is… to choose an *inexperienced* manager? As opposed to simply choosing another experienced manager until we find the right fit?

I mean, if you dated a supermodel once and it didn’t work, would you then decide to date the ugliest girl u could find instead? You guys are very confusing

Goonerink

so dating a superficial girl vs dating a non superficial one? attractiveness can be subjective. league results arent.

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

Please be true

Scott P
Scott P

Get him in

Redgibb
Redgibb

Slightly aroused by this

Tapps

If we’re going to appoint an untried manager, I’d prefer it to be Freddie. He’s already here (so, no compensation to pay), and he’s done nothing wrong. Whatever happens, change is imperative.

Noel
Noel

both may be untried but arteta has been learning alongside one of the best for over 2 years. can’t say the same for freddie. both have excellent hair though, at least on his day in Freddie’s case.

i wouldn’t be overly concerned with the compensation if it meant we are getting the best (or better man) for the job.

Atom
Atom

It’s unlikely City would demand compensation as it’s a clear promotion for Arteta & these comments appear to be Pep’s public blessing for him taking over.

Muckamore
Muckamore

I’m going to sound like a broken record, but fuckit. Arteta over Freddie all day long. Arteta has been with the best manager of this generation. Freddie has been with Jonker and Emery. The season is gone. If Arteta gets top 4 or close, unbelievable. If not half a season of experience under his belt. Plus by all accounts, he’s got a personality that means he can make tough calls

Goonerink

also pep has given the ‘head coach’ job to arteta for the league cup games for at least a season.
from its looks, freddie has managed the team a maximum of 3 times, our early cup performances, if that rumor is to be believed.

though you also have to take into account arteta is linked with everton too and has no other experience, other than the mentorship of one of the worlds top rated managers.

and that freddie has experience managing the under 23’s, and personally I could deal with us getting rid of a failing arteta more than a failing freddie (obviously after they peak by winning us the treble)

Honourable
Honourable

Hmmm

Pepe Le Pew
Pepe Le Pew

Nepotism don’t work! Friends of Einstein were not Einstein.

kaius
kaius

Thank you. Honestly some of the logic flying around this blog could break the laws of relativity

jw1
jw1

Many, if not most of Einstein’s friends and acquaintances were fecking brilliant.

Really bad example.

kaius
kaius

You’re muddling the point a bit.

Einstein’s theory of relativity was a collaborative product of research involving elite mathematicians, physicists and other scientists. But those scientists were “feckin brilliant” because of their own academic work, not what they learnt or absorbed from Einstein

So maybe we should let Arteta become an actual scientist first, meaning let him get a real coaching job (like his age-mates Lampard, Zidane, Vieira, Gerrard and even Gary Neville) before we anoint him

jw1
jw1

Making far too much of a bad analogy.

“Spock wasn’t Kirk either.
But he was feckin’ brilliant when called upon.”

See? That was easy. Made sense.
Didn’t require a feckin’ dissertation to explain.

I’m fecking right about Arteta too.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Was he brilliant as a captain?

indiegooner
indiegooner

Why? They both have glorious hair.

Pete Plum
Pete Plum

If we get Arteta we still have Freddy and the makings of an Arsenal bootroom

Suker4punishment
Suker4punishment

Sign da ting

dr Strange
dr Strange

So he’s not Arsenal quality then.

goonero
goonero

There’s no experienced/highly tauted manager that we can get. We’re just not an appealing project right now.

Allegri is Unai Emery in Italian. He’s not what we want and we’re not really what he wants either, we’d just be right back here in a year or two.

It’s time to take a risk, the stakes are low frankly because asking anyone to come in and get us CL football now is an unfair remit. Why not use the remainder of the season to allow an ambitious person to get to work under low expectations?

Arteta is as highly rated as they come for a managerial prospect, he has a connection to the club and a football pedigree not many can best. Bring him in.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

I thought I was the only one that wasn’t totally sold on Allegri. Doesn’t have a reputation for attacking football and Juventus are to Seria A what PSG are to Ligue 1. Not saying he’s a bad manager, just not my preference. We’ve tried a steady hand and it’s blown up in our face, it’s time to roll the dice on a young, progressive, attacking minded manager.

GraeB
GraeB

Anyone else agree that we should employ a coach who could sort the defence out first? I think we have forwards who know what they’re doing really.

Goonerink

we cant fix the defence in January, and tbh in the new setup the coach doesnt buy players, they may have a say, I.E can you look at this guy please? or no i cannot use that player in my system.

we leak goals because we dont have a solid setup with a responsible midfield.

a 3rd point, pep is known for setting his team up with specific instructions until the final 3rd, when he allows complete creativity. which fits your request in a way.

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

The last time I checked we are having trouble creating chances and scoring goals. Only individual quality is saving us and even that is fading atm. It is more important to first fix attack.

Gooner86
Gooner86

Although Juve are top dogs, there’s abit more competition in serie A than PSG have in league 1. Think the comparison is undermining Alegrís achievements somewhat. Yes there’s a potential languages barrier to start with but didn’t poch start with a translator, Didn’t seem to make any difference to his teams in that period.

Andreas
Andreas

Put it to a vpte among the players 🙂

Schnazztootle
Schnazztootle

Almost never is it that the first names bandied are the basis of an ultimate choice.

Santori
Santori

Not a good decision IMO.

Unai is already far more experienced and playing the same game as Pep.

BUT he does not have the assets to do so. We are unable to play out of deep defense the same way or control the ball.

Arteta will emulate his mentor, likely do the same. More frustration as the same people idiotically calling for change scratch their head a month or two down wondering twhere we went wrong.

Doing things out of desperation probably one of the most idiotic things one can do.

…granted we are in precarious situation and Unai is really on the precipice now, we need to take stock who is actually available and an upgrade long term.

A short term knee jerk reaction will put us back in the same spiral and likely precipitate more churn of players as (more) key players decide to depart coming to the conclusion the club is absolutely lost.

Other solutions in market in Allegri and Ponchentinno also delusional.

Unless we are willing to offer a hefty sum and take even more loss paying on Unai before end of contract, I would not think these two would be recommended to come to us.

1) Toxic fans who think they know better will easily turn on them sooner than later.

2) No CL. League title aspirations this season ZERO.

3) Squad with a lot of issues unresolved at Cback and CM with allergy to spending and compounded with Sanlehi back loading on Saliba and Pepe with likely impact to future budget.

4) More attractive options on continent in Bayern and potentially one of the Spanish big boys.

-In Allegri’s case, it is a risk for him to plunge into the den in England for his first league out of Italy. Far safer to go to Bayern a team strong domestically with concentration first season on CL.

-In Ponchentinno’s case, he may not want to sully his rep at Spurs and may one a change of scenary with his native speaking Spain.

5) Likely the board will keep a very close eye on if Unai can turn things around next match in league.

If so, they may persist for lack of better options. If not then the nuclear button will be pressed with the January window looming and potential to at least address some (self inflicted) issues like Xhaka in midfield (for say Emre Can)

BUT I am not convinced Arteta is the right choice base on style of play.

If anything, with the players we have, pace out wide, we need a manager that is far more direct and can use us on the break more efficiently.

Noni
Noni

Quite a few things wrong with your post, but I’ll try to limit myself to one point.

You seem to think that Emery plays the same style as Guardiola, so Arteta will be bound to make the same mistakes as Emery (I disagree, but that’s a separate point). What you really completely fail to realise is that tactics are not simply picking a best xi, and then saying “go and press, play out from the back, maintain possession”. It’s far more complex and nuanced than that, so Arteta (even if the overall style was similar to Emery) would bring a wealth of change and potential improvements to the nuances of the tactics. This includes everything from the coaching team/regime, the drills, the player positioning in and out of possession, clarity of manager’s message, psychological preparation, set plays, goalkeeper coaching, making/encouraging players to develop combinations on the pitch, … the list is endless. Arteta could (or could not) improve all this and make us significantly better (or not). Two years with Guardiola, his metronomic playing style and intelligence, and his Wenger years all give us hope he can. Get him in.

Goonerink

also which madrid club has no manager at the moment?
because poch wont manage a lesser spanish team or barca.

also, emery is past the point of no return with his insistence of playing out from the back. he lost the war with ozil, to which im sure he lost alot of respect in the dressing room, his results arent coming and to throw everying he has been working on up until now out of the window would completely underwhelm him(if he isnt already :/)
arteta coming in could clearly see it doesnt work 100% of the time (not even 10% for us) in the Prem and scrap it or even shelve it until he has a solid foundation.

honestly passing it out from the back used to be in ‘ole’ territory, when you were showboating how good you were, its risk out weights the reward.

Luke
Luke

If santori is against it, then i’m in. Bring on lego hair!

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

Another essay. Can you try to be succinct or get your own blog please.

Wezza
Wezza

Get girlfriend Santori. You’ll still be able to post but your time will be limited and then…………….sorry got to go the missus is calling. See what I mean mate?

ScotchEggsRule
ScotchEggsRule

That’s a lot of words to say absolutely nothing of any substanc or sense…

Efeli
Efeli

This season is already gone from a top 4 standpoint, but we should start building and preparing for next year as soon as possible.
The sooner we start, the more opportunities he’ll have to getting used to being a head coach and all the burden and dynamics within the club that comes with it.
If he’s willing to come here at these desperate times, his appointment should be a no brainer from our perspective.

Santori
Santori

“No brainer” as in not thinking it through.

I’d rather wait for a better managerial option next summer if this season is already a wash out.

Less instability.

Worse to get someone short term like Ole at United and you have to visit this issue yet again.

Sounds daft to me.

GraeB
GraeB

My fear Santi is that, if we’re not seen to be serious now, we wave goodbye to Auba, Laca, Torreira, and maybe a few more before we get it sorted.

Goonerink

have you not considered that this season being a rightoff means the manager can come in with no pressure to perform until august.
give him the same time as emery, with judgement coming in the second season.

Reality check
Reality check

With the consistency that points are dropped in this league, a long unbeaten run can not only get you the top 4 but can also win you this league.

ScotchEggsRule
ScotchEggsRule

We had a 21 game unbeaten run under Emery, didn’t win us fuck all….or even get top four.

Bould's Eyeliner
Bould's Eyeliner

I would say Emery and Arteta have a major difference in that Arteta is uniquely positioned to inherit the overall skeleton of Wenger’s final squad, which is still pretty much intact. He knows the players, and his understanding of midfield would nicely help Gendouzi develop into a complete central player.

Assshavin
Assshavin

Arteta is probably a decent enough manager to get right now. Only thing that concerning is whether or not he brings a coaching staff with him. That will probably take alot of trial and error before we get a decent setup.

DB10
DB10

Pep will be his assistant in a few years.

😀

jw1
jw1

Ahhh…
Thanks for that– some levity was sorely needed.

DB10
DB10

One thing no one mentions is that unlike Allegri and whoever else, Arteta has played in the Premier league quite recently, worked under and along side one of the best footballing coaches in the game from a technical viewpoint and most importantly to me, will be eager to implement his own way (unlike emery who has no way)

GraeB
GraeB

I’m not struck on Citeh defensively at the moment – could Arteta really sort ours out?

Muckamore
Muckamore

Yes

Pepe Le Pew
Pepe Le Pew

Mikel, leave the forum please. The board will make its decision without reading Arseblog comment section

Goonerink

I think they had at least 4 defenders injured at once.
havent had a solid backline for most of the season so far. (sound familiar?)

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

My cat would improve our defence.

Oregoon

You would play Meow-stafi then?

OdalGooner
OdalGooner

Everyone knows that Paul’s cat would bring great discipline in and around the (litter) box.

Pepe Le Pew
Pepe Le Pew

Good point.

David
David

Thanks for this! Even Guardiola had to consult Xabi Alonso and I’m sure Arteta to properly understand the EPL. Its Arteta for me

PGunner
PGunner

If Guardiola (can’t stand commentators who refer to him as Pep) rates him, that’s good enough for me. Should have stayed with your original decision last year Gazidis, you melt. That said I would happily give Eddie Howe a punt or Freddie or inanimate carbon rod, anyone over Emery basically either than the cunt who went to the cunts.

Ron
Ron

The cunt who went to the cunts. Sounds like a regular feature from the Muppet Show. The continuing stoooorrrrry of…

lessthanthesumoftheirparts
lessthanthesumoftheirparts

Exactly, and the about-turn people have made on here: suddenly your friend and mine ‘poch’. It makes me sick

WellArsed
WellArsed

Speculation begets speculation! It’s like an extra transfer window!

Santori
Santori

And lots of problems abound just in squad capability alone – CBack, even tighter choices at CM, misfiring Pepe.

BUT basics is what we need :

1) Hard work. Off ball, we should take a page from humble Sheffield (or any other team for the matter). We are not aggressive enough defensively and not positive in attack.

2) Concentration levels. As amply illustrated last league game, this continues to be a problem without Mustafi or Granit. too many fans delude themselves.

3) Transitions. We are far too tedious building from the back with way too many short passes. With the sort of pace we potentially have in Pepe/Bellerin and Auba/Tierney or Kolasinac, we have failed to utilise them effectively.

4) Defensive dogma remains a problem as we still look vulnerable to set pieces but this partially due to work neglected by Sanlehi last summer in properly addressing Cback issues opting instead to try and extend an old warhorse in Koscielny (he did us a favour) and then panic buy on Luiz.

Looks to me we really need someone who is a no nonsense disciplinarian to come in and enforce far more demanding output from these players, not another manager who wants to play out from the back with tippy-tappy football particularly with the lesser capable assets (in terms of ball retention) at our current disposal.

One manager I think we should be looking at is Erik Ten Hag at Ajax but he is still under contract.

Its not ideal to change manager at the moment bc of lack of options.

As we’ve seen with ex-players coming in to popular demand, its a mix bag.

Lampard is doing well but he is still in honeymoon period. OTOH Ole has simmered down to his natural level having previously given short lived hope to similarly delusional United fans.

Not convinced that Arteta is going to be a better option for us than Emery.

Maxcat
Maxcat

Don’t think they like or agree with the “delusional fans” bit

Upamecano but downalego
Upamecano but downalego

Or, you know, any of it.

Andy
Andy

How does he get his hair like that? I’d take him just to find out.

Bodie CI5
Bodie CI5

Its just like the bloody Brexit,, let’s just get it done and get out, and with Emery get him out and move on,,, PLEEEEEEASE

Bodie CI5
Bodie CI5

I guess the thumbs down people still want Emery in then

meletios
meletios

Not sure of your interpretation there bud…
Trying hard to avoid a rant here…
so in short ‘just get it done’ or similar is what a kid would say , you know like ‘I just want it’ because they see a nicely wrapped but still crap chocolate on the shelf in a supermarket without realizing how bad and damaging it can be.

meletios
meletios

So no that is not what that means.
(To help avoid you reaching another incorrect conclusion)

Zadok
Zadok

Erik ten Hag

Cd78
Cd78

Like Ten Hag would come to us atm – no chance.

Santori
Santori

…if anything, I’d prefer Ponch.

He’s plenty of experience in the league, punched (no pun) above his weight with Spurts.

Would be great if we took him and still finished above them with their Moanrinho.

Plus Ponch style may suit us, with emphasis on dynamic attacks and wing play, high immediate press.

If there is no opening for big teams in Spain – Real Zidane looks OK for the moment, Barca wary of his Espanyol roots maybe, at very least if things turn upside down more for Unai, he could be a short term replacement with working knowledge of PL and plenty more experience actually managing than Arteta.

George
George

What? No love for Jon?

Santori
Santori

https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/25/gary-neville-issues-warning-mauricio-pochettino-replacing-unai-emery-arsenal-11214809/

Neville whether you like him or not always thinks things through.

As mentioned, unlikely Arsenal an attractive proposition for Ponch for a variety of reasons.

BUT as Neville mentioned, end of article, you can’t get rid of a manager at the slightest first run of trouble unless of course it suits both parties and the manager to leave as well.

That could apply to BOTH Ponch and Unai.

What will transpire will likely be decided over next couple of matches for us particularly league match.

But weighed against mediocre option in market manager-wise, it may be prescient to run through the contract and replace in summer, avoid larger pay out, provided Unai can right the ship very soon.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

You seem to be the only person in the world who thinks his name starts with Ponch. Here’s a clue: read the article and link you just posted.

Badaab
Badaab

Love to see Pep bragging about himself in a response to a question about Arteta…
(yes I know they both played the same position).

Reality check
Reality check

I think he was explaining how he sees the game rather than boosting how good a player or manager he is..

Sean
Sean

Surely calling him an incredible player diminishes the entire statement. If he’s as good a manager as he was a player he’ll be mid-table mediocrity.

jon

Pretty much every manager out there admires Pep and tries to emulate Pep-ball. Emery is one of them. Pep-ball entails possession (at least tentatively) and a slow build-up of attacks. You get a lot of boring football, but of course one of the Pep clones, normally Pep himself, will win. And it is fun to win.

I think Pep ball might have reached its zenith. It’s time for faster transitions and attacks (which in its turn requires a real defence, as you lose the ball more often).

So if Arteta wants to play Pep-ball: No thank you.

Rob
Rob

Hahaha how low have we fallen. Guy with no ambition or demonstrative ability to manage a football club is who we are begging for. I mean his only claim is putting out the cones in training for city.

ScotchEggsRule
ScotchEggsRule

How do you know Arteta has no ambition?

Rob
Rob

There’s literally no one better than Arteta in the whole world to manage arsenal??? I mean I’m sure Guardiola takes his work home with him, why not appoint his wife? I’m sure she’s learnt lots from him and for longer than two years, or let’s go all out and give Guardiolas Mum the contract to arsenal football club.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Arteta would be a huge gamble. There’s a massive difference between being a coach and being a manager. Don Howe was a brilliant coach but a useless boss. His 80s teams were just about the worst I’ve ever seen – until now.

Right now we need an experienced manager who can take hold of these group of players and turn them into an effective team – and do it quickly. Throwing in a rookie boss into a club in crisis – which is exactly what we are – would be madness. Maybe sometime in the future Arteta could be Arsenal boss; but not now.

For me, someone like Rafa Benitez would be ideal right now. He’s used to managing top players and has a CV which demands respect. The players need someone with real gravitas to look up to.

But could we get him?

Tony Hall
Tony Hall

Rafa would be an excellent choice, he is well liked, a good manager and a steadying influence. He rescued Chelsea after Di Matteo was sacked and won the Europa League with them. he would get the team going up the table again and can handle star players.

David
David

Which experienced manager will agree to join us in this mess and can really challenge Klopp, Pep, Mou in a year or 2 considering we don’t spend as these guys. A gamble is what we need, anyone we take now is a gamble….. Even an experienced coach.

Dave Roberts
Dave Roberts

In my not so humble opinion, Unai is too attention detailed in his management approach. It appears that our star players; Laca, Auba, Pepe, and Ozil (all forwards) aren’t given the freedom of unrestricted play. Instead, they’re told to play in a certain zone with a given emphasis. They could be dynamite if they were given their creative freedom.

See this for a funny commentary, plus examples of Cazorla, Sanchez and Ozil playing together freely (video runs for 3 minutes);

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNxGjiMKse8

backsakacrack
backsakacrack

Thanks for this
Good times!

SLC Gooner
SLC Gooner

Thanks for that video. Hadn’t seen it before. Pretty hard to imagine that kind of joking and positive atmosphere now.

Wezza
Wezza

Thanks for that mate, brilliant. We still weren’t any good at the back but our identity was an attacking one and what an identity it was.
Tell you what Santi and Mesut fit into that background poster quite well

Wezza
Wezza

I think whoever comes in has to be someone the players look to and think ‘yeah, he’ll sort us out’. Not sure who that is but as I dont think we’re going to make the CL, the prospect of losing Auba and Laca terrifies me.
It needs to be someone who’s held in high regard by the football world (an endorsement by Guardiola is a huge tick for Arteta, though I’m not saying he should or shouldn’t be the man).
Remember, we got Auba and Laca when we were hardly a dominant force but we had a manager who for all the troubles on the pitch was held in the highest regard by the football world.
I can’t believe whats happening to our club. Heartbreaking.

SLC Gooner
SLC Gooner

I’d be OK trying for Arteta at this point. He wouldn’t be that costly, and has both Arsenal and PL experience. Seems unlikely he could do worse than Emery is at this point. Maybe Rafa would be worth a punt.
The other managers that would be high on my list are unlikely to come at this point, including Poch.

Brendan
Brendan

This fanbase is so restless that I worry about an appointment of a first time manager. At least Allegri would bring goodwill of his Juventus success, and that would earn him more patience by the fans. Arteta was a good professional, but noone loved a Flam-teta midfield. This guy would have an unfairly short leash.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts
Bodie CI5
Bodie CI5

Bloody excellent 😂😂😂😂,,, guys and girls you have to watch

Bodie CI5
Bodie CI5

Excellent,, so funny 😂😂😂😂

Espen
Espen

I love Arteta and would welcome him as New Arsenal manager. Just my opinion, probably just my bias and I have no facts to prove that he is competent enough.

I only remember the rumors that the dressing room was responsible for some “tactical” performances the last years of Wengers rain, that Arteta was a very influential person in the dressing room, and that everything went downhill after Arteta left in july 2016. That’s just speculation and conjecture of course.

Allegri is not for me. I find him to tactical defensive. But I wouldn’t object, like I didn’t object to Emery his first season. I would also welcome Pochettino, but I think he never will be an Arsenal manager for obvious reasons.

Pepe Le Pew
Pepe Le Pew

“ARTETA ALREADY BEHAVES LIKE A MANAGER” with no experience whatsoever even of a B team. I rate Ljunberg over Arteta.

Bobbyt
Bobbyt

Get him in please, asap

Der Kaiser
Der Kaiser

Controversial but has Mustafi been our best centre back this season?!

Who woukd your two centre backs be?

I reckon Mustafi and Holding but with Torreira and Xhaka in front. Unless and until we can keep a clean sheet and prevent 20 plus shots on our goal each match we have no chance.

Bottom line is with our forwards we should always score it is the failure to defend which is the fundamental problem.

Tungor_Adams
Tungor_Adams

Whatever rumors confirm, at this stage, with the debacle last 10games last year. And now this complete loss of performance and results, the sporting board are 4sure working on alternatives.

I am sure Emery has give this his best, but there is to much going against him, a change is needed. Few managers come in after a legend and brings instant success, just look at manu. But yes, we need to try a different solution, my bet is that emery is in charge until Agreement is reached with a solid replacement, can only be weeks away now.

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

How would the board replace unai? Given they’ve tolerated the 5 captains bullshit, we might get theirry, patrick, freddie, per and steve as managers and have shared responsibilities. Let’s throw in adams and o leary while we’re at it

ScotchEggsRule
ScotchEggsRule

Arteta is a weird one for me….

He has no managerial experience, therefore no history of success. I don’t see much of him in interviews so cannot judge his personality with any accuracy.
Yet despite that, I get the feeling that he could be a bloody good manager for us, but don’t know why?

Maybe because he’s simply not Emery….

Proud Arse
Proud Arse

Let’s be realistic now, of all the available options out there, so many reasons that block the path to ours:
– Allegri : “Will you give my minimum 250m transfer budget to fix your mess.”
– Poch : “Revenge $ex (to arsenal) is not his appetite, and Real Madrid, and Man Utd are more appealing to anybody.”
– Nagelsman: Just been hired at RBL and still a long contract and difficult to prise him away.
– Rodgers : Who are we kidding? He just blend a good strong squad and will enjoy the ride for at least 2 years time with CL prospect with Leicester next season. (IMO he’s well suited for our free flowing attacking footbal).
– Benitez: Only a few months in China, and his contract would be a problem.
– Viera : He is my hero as a player, but let’s face it, he’s been average as a manager.
– Freddie: Bigger risk than Arteta.

So all the options out there limit Arsenal to beggars can’t be choosers than to accept the only reasonable option is ARTETA (just hope he can emulate his learning on Pep to the field success.

baz00r
baz00r

Fairly accurate.

George
George

Pretty sure there are more than seven options out there….

Honourable
Honourable

There was a time Pep was suspended for a match and Arteta was in charge of the team for the match, Man City went on to loose.I wanted to see what arteta could do

George
George

Good. We could do with being a bit looser. Release that brake!

SG_Gooner
SG_Gooner

i hope ljungberg can stand in for this season while we properly hunt down allegri

Canadrian
Canadrian

He’s not leaving City mid-season, unfortunately for us all. Could this be why the club seem so reluctant to sack Emery before the end of the season?
I’d love Arteta but we will lose a lot if Emery stays all season, including some of our best players.

para
para

I think Arsenal want Arteta, and to build the Club back up with a manager that is Arsenal,but hey i may be wrong. He has not done anything yet, but if he was that bad, City would have let him go long time ago.
ATM i dont really know who i would like, but i know i want a strong manager to rule the team but allow the players freedom to express themselves, sensible rotations(where we have a multiple players for a position) to keep players fit.
And for Kronke to speak to fans and “show them he cares”.
This could be a script for a movie we all want to see.