Arsenal need some stability across the board and less fancy titles behind the scenes. It’s been quite a year at the Emirates and anyone could be forgiven for thinking that the club has installed a revolving door for its staff.
People will call me an ‘AKB’, a “Wenger lover” or whatever but I thought it was time for a change. The weird thing is, with transfers, I feel less confident with the current board than I did with Arsène. Call me insane but we’ve gone backwards.
— Calum (@CalArsenal) June 16, 2019
As invisible Stan looked to find a new avenues for success behind the scenes which conveniently rules out spending any of his popcorn and hotdog income, the club has endured a number of changes and it appears, they ‘ain’t’ over yet.
Wenger out, Emery in. Juan Carlos Carcedo, Pablo Villanueva, Julen Masach, Javi Garcia and Victor Manas in. Gazidis out, Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham in. Steve Bould out, Freddie Ljungberg in.
We still await an incoming Edu and have just waved goodbye to the head of performance at Arsenal, Darren Burgess. Probably because his title has a word in it that is strangely at odds with Arsenal when they take to the field.
Then there was a mass cull that outed Jens Lehmann, first team coaches Neil Banfield, Tony Colbert, Gerry Peyton and Boro Primorac; head of medical services, Colin Lewin; physiotherapists Andy Rolls and Ben Ashworth; Osteopath Dr Philippe Boixel and travel manager Paul Johnson.
Well, Mr Johnson won’t be missed the way Arsenal are going, they won’t even make the Europa league. Now take a breath because if that hasn’t saved a few quid, I don’t where to look next. Perhaps in the dusty recesses of Mesut Ozil’s bank account.
There seems to be a desire at Arsenal to fashion new positions such as technical director, director of football and managing director. At this rate if you hang around long enough in the staff car park you could be considered for a directorship. Arsenal’s restructure at the top seems to be creaming off cash that could be spent elsewhere.
Do Arsenal really need a data/video analyst ? Well they have one in Victor Manas, who is probably on a nice little earner for sitting down watching endless footage of the first team and providing reports on how many times Mesut Ozil broke into a sweat or Granit Xhaka shanked a pass.
Real Madrid Football club:
Players signed: Five
Money spent: €300m
Transfer budget: €500m
Arsenal Football club:
Players signed: 0
Money spent: €0m
Transfer budget: £45m
Who bewitched us?
— Danny WelBeast (@WellBeast) June 13, 2019
Arsenal could do with being less obsessed with data collectors and endless coaches, whilst paying more attention to the quality of its playing staff. Unless Victor Manas can get 25 goals a season, I’d be tempted to show him the door. Nothing personal.
The fact that Arsenal are chopping and changing behind the scenes doesn’t help the club’s stability. Players are a fickle bunch and they don’t generally respond well to change. New coaches take time to settle in and when you’ve had as many as Emery bought along, the problem is magnified.
It’s the modern world of management to take over at Arsenal and bring along a host of experts and additional professionals to help the club achieve results but at the moment we haven’t had a lot of bang for our buck. All these people cost money and Lord alone knows what these directors are earning. Gazidis before he left was on £2.65m a year. Ken Friar, another director directing something earned £664,000.
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Sir Chips Keswick, Lord Harris of Peckham (seriously, that’s his title) apparently only take home expenses for their roles with the club, which are said to be around £25,000 per annum but this was back in 2017, so we have to consider inflation on these figures.
As for dear old Stan, the Kroenkmeister can take what he likes, he owns the whole shooting match. The main problem at Arsenal is that the club is now full of commercial wizards, marketing entrepreneurs and accountants, there are no football people behind the scenes, no one with a genuine love of the club and game.
Pires: "I read that Arsenal have a small envelope for transfers, only £40m. My opinion is that it isn’t enough. I respect #Arsenal’s position & the owner, but everybody knows that if you want to win the Premier League, you need to spend a lot of money" pic.twitter.com/xKOwunDigI
— Gurjit (@GurjitAFC) June 15, 2019
It’s crammed with consultants and their profit projections, the football is an after thought. Unless Arsenal sort themselves out on and off the pitch, the chaos and failure will continue.