Arsene Wenger

Is Jurgen Top Of The Klopps For Arsenal?

Jurgen Klopp has stated his desire to manage in England.

Jurgen Klopp has stated his desire to manage in England.

Arsenal endured yet another frustrating day in front of their own fans. This time however it was ‘old adversaries’ Manchester United. United came into this evenings game to the Emirates with a rather underwhelming start to the campaign, with that in mind – one must have thought that ‘ it’s a good time’ to play the Red Devils.

Sadly though for the Gunners they would lose this match and go further behind pacesetters Chelsea. Losing is a very painful emotion in itself – but yet another defeat to one of the so called ‘big four ‘ has lead to many disgruntled fans ‘calling for the head’ of manager Arsene Wenger.

What doesn’t help is the apparent statement coming from Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, which some may argue has only increased the pressure on Wenger. Klopp who has been a champions league runner up with Dortmund, is a manager that is widely respected in Europe- but he himself is struggling in his current job with Dortmund who are currently in a lowly 15th place in the Bundesliga.

That in itself is not necessarily a true reflection of the German side this season, they have breezed through to the knockout stage of the champions league. Jurgen Klopp has won the domestic tittle with Dortmund back to back – but even Jurgen Klopp hasn’t been able to prevent arch rivals Bayern Munich winning the league at a canter.

The talk of Klopp being the next manager of Arsenal is a bit harsh in my humble opinion – but the stats don’t lie . The Gunners already even at this stage of the season, seem out of the title race and it’s not even December!

Arsenal’s players are trying but they’re naive, I think maybe Arsene Wenger’s tactics is naive. The French manager these days always seems to come second best against one of their ‘bigger rivals’.

Despite the ‘Rolls Royce signings’ (that’s no reference to Marco Reus) , players such as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil – Arsenal seem to lack the big game mentality. This defeat against Manchester United only emphasises what the problems have been before – the defence and a holding midfielder.

The criticism of Wenger in the past has been that he doesn’t spend – but to his credit he has changed that. I still can’t understand why Arsene Wenger opted to sell his club captain Thomas Vermaelen, the Belgian is just the player they need at the moment.

To eradicate that mistake Arsenal need to make some defensive reinforcements, if they don’t I think some reinforcements might be needed at managerial level.

Football Manager- One Of The Few Jobs That Doesn’t Have A Probationary Period

David Moyes is a prime example of one of the managers who wasn't given time

David Moyes is a prime example of one of the managers who wasn’t given time

For many it is seen as the dream job, a job where you can get the yearly income that your heart desires- a lot more than what your heart desires in certain circumstances. Being a Football manager for quite a few is a concept they would like, the football manager video game being very popular for example. The reality itself in recent time especially I am afraid is grim,managers seem to barely last a season these days.

So what is it about being a football manager that people (certain managers) find so difficult? football manager is such a unique position as it isn’t like other employment roles. The role of football manager is different in the sense of that if the team is failing the manager seems to be the first one in the ‘firing line’ and pays the direct consequence.

In other lines of work that isn’t necessarily the case, usually if a team in the work place performs poorly, the manager will most likely look at he/she who isn’t performing and take the appropriate action of what’s needed.

Football managers aren’t even blessed with a ‘probationary period’ well most of them just look at Leeds United for example- do I need to say any more? With most jobs due to the competitive natured society we are living in, job security is a concept which might have meant something in the past – but is a concept that doesn’t exist today.

It begs the question how did Sir Alex, Arsene Wenger and David Moyes at Everton last for so long? Well it’s hard to say but I guess these managers all had good chairman to support them. They say in life ‘good things come to those who wait’ I wish chairman would remember that quote. Talking of David Moyes, here is another example of a manager who has been a victim of impatient owners.

The Scot after a very consistent spell with Everton that lasted for some 10 years or more, was barely given a season at Manchester United. What seemed apparent with this scenario was that the players that Moyes had available had just weren’t good enough, but instead of players getting moved on, sadly for Moyes the 51 year old was a victim of United’s players under performing.

Thankfully new Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has addressed the problem and got rid of players such as Tom Cleverly (good riddance) . The 62 year old Dutchman has brought in players like Di Maria and Falcao, don’t say this to loudly- but Van Gaal isn’t doing that much better than Moyes at the same stage of last season.

The ‘revolving door’ that is football managers jobs- needs to stop. It’s at a ridiculous stage, Mark Robins the Ex Huddersfield manager lost his job or shall I say left by ‘mutual consent’ after 1 game of the current season. If that isn’t ridiculous I don’t know what is.

Owners of football clubs do like to get impatient, but you do need to give your manager time. If you look at Alan Pardew who seemed destined for the sack, but has turned things around recently with a 4 game winning streak. Then there is Sam Allardyce ‘Big Sam’ has been ‘under pressure’ since last season despite guiding the Hammers to 13th.

I am of the opinion that ‘hiring and firing’ managers in it self could cost a lot of money, compensation for ‘unfair dismissal’ and the cost of hiring a manager that a football owner thinks will be successful.

Football won’t change any time soon in regards to the way football managers are treated. Owners of football clubs get ‘mesmerised’ when they see other sides make a change of management and see on the pitch performances improve dramatically. You can’t blame them on one hand for wanting to take such a step.

How times have changed from the days of Sir Alex being at Manchester United and Crewe manager Dario Gradi.

What Arsenal Need To Do To Be More Competitive

Arsene Wenger needs  defensiveive reinforcemnts to take Arsenal to the next level

Arsene Wenger needs defensiveive reinforcemnts to take Arsenal to the next level

In life you have to endure some difficult moments, it’s just part and parcel of life itself. In footballing terms though however Arsenal fans have been suffering more than usual it seems. Season after season Arsene Wenger talks about how his Arsenal side will be more competitive in the’ big games’ , unfortunately though the game against Chelsea however shows that Arsenal still might have that ‘mental block’ of beating one 0f the ‘big guns’.

It’s a never ending cycle it seems Arsenal’s failure to beat one of the so called big teams and the last match against Chelsea was further evidence that this depressing sequence of not beating the bigger teams could well continue. It begs the question why is this continually happening to the Gunners? (failure to beat the big teams) The most obvious point is Arsenal’s defence, although Koscielny and Metersacker have been impressive against the so called ‘big guns’ both have been left exposed.

Which nicely leads on to my next point, which doesn’t take rocket science to work out that the holding midfield position is a problem where Arsenal are weak. Over the years the North London club could call on the likes of Patrick Viera or Gilberto Silva- but sadly those days are long gone.

Arsenal are getting are out thought and out fought in the middle of the park, as technically gifted as Arsenal and in particular their central midfielders are , crucially I feel they are getting ‘bullied out of games’. The invincible’s team of 2004 was a team which all teams aspired to be like, Arsenal had big and strong players like Sol Campbell and Viera for example, the opposing teams knew they were in for a physical battle before they even walked on to the pitch.

That team of 2004 had the midfield general that was Patrick Viera, Arsenal’s defenders would have felt reassured with a player of that stare sat in front of them. Unfortunately this Arsenal team doesn’t have a player of that ilk, Arsene Wenger does have a very talented midfield- but none of those midfielders seem comfortable in the holding midfield position, it appears that they are in that position because someone has to be in that position.
Matthieu Flamini has played in the holding midfield position the most – but has looked especially uncomfortable against the big teams. The other problem Arsenal have is their tactics- they’re just far to cavalier in their approach, that shouldn’t be a bad thing- but it is, let me explain. With out sounding to much like Alan Hansen, Arsenal’s full backs lacked discipline in the Chelsea game and time and time again The Gunners’ back line was horribly exposed with a ball over the top in that exposed channel .

Don’t worry Arsenal’s fans my assessment isn’t all doom and gloom, the Gunners can be optimistic for the future. Last years FA Cup win shows that this Arsenal team is starting to get mentally stronger, plucky wins against Wigan and Hull are example of that. I know what you’re think (they’re ‘small teams’) but never the less Arsenal showed great spirit and determination to win a trophy after 9 years.

I am also a believer that most teams know how to play Arsenal, and have a set system to counter act the Gunners’ acting mentality. For Arsenal to be a competitive side in the tittle race I feel they need to win the games that they’re not expected or at least get something from those games. The game against Everton was a good example of the point that I am trying to make, Arsenal seemed down and out- but 2 quick goals helped Arsenal get a 2-2 draw which many didn’t think was possible after being 2-0 down with 10 mins to go.

Arsenal are close to being able to beat the so called big guns more often, a defensive midfielder like Sami Khadiera is needed, the Real Madrid player is a bit injury prone-but so is Abu Diaby I guess, with Khadiera you have a midfielder in the Patrick Viera kind of mould. To add a bit of variety I think a player in the mould of Cesc Fabregas is needed, the Spaniard is a player who knows who to look after possession, a bit of a strange one by Arsenal not to sign their former player.

A commanding centre half will also be needed to compete with opposing strikers such as Diego Costa, Mats Hummels would be good. In summary Arsenal need a few improvements to their side mainly in the centre of midfiled by signing a player like Sami Khadiera or even Adel Rabiot of PSG (who I have heard a lot of good things about) and a centre half in the Hummels kind of mould. This Arsenal team has been well assembled and to be fair to Arsene Wenger he has brought in world class talent.

Football is a funny old game, I think Arsenal will do well this season and if they do win a trophy or 2, all this talk of beating the big guns will go away. To quote a cliche ” you can only beat what’s in front of you” . In Arsenal’s case they need top beat what’s in front of them, and when they do that I feel Arsenal just might go back to being that team of 2004.