Wenger downplays the idea of ‘spectacular change of structure’

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Over the weekend, after Ivan Gazidis met with the Fan’s Forum and insisted this season would be a ‘catalyst for change‘, stories began to emerge about how structural changes were planned at the club ahead of next season.

There was talk of a ‘major review’ involving areas like scouting, coaching, and recruitment, with journalists on the Arsenal beat talking about lengthy searches for a Director of Football.

However, speaking to the press yesterday, Arsene Wenger seemed to be at odds with those stories, and rejected the idea that a massive overhaul was needed.

“I would like you to visit one day the club now, what it is, compared to what it was when I arrived, and you would say that there is a structural change,” he said.

“After, you can say that, yes, we do not win enough games.

“Yes, OK, you can always demand more. But as well I think we have managed to combine big investments and structural change without anybody putting one penny in, all only based on the quality of my work and being consistent.

“If somebody in the next 20 years does much better, believe me I’m very happy. But at least he has fantastic conditions, a strong financial situation and good players.

“The target of the club is always to do better, but the structure is there, as it is today. We have fantastic conditions to do better. So a spectacular change of structure now will be very difficult.”

There is a widespread acceptance that because Wenger has been manager for so long, the club is not set-up properly for a new, modern-day head coach who requires staff in place to do many of the things that the Frenchman currently takes responsibility for.

And the 67 year old also cast doubts on suggestions that he is ready to ‘reinvent’ himself in order to keep his job.

“That is evolution, it is not change,” he said. “Change is at the heart of who you are. I think that’s difficult.”

Does this suggest some kind of schism between Wenger and Gazidis? It’s hard to know, because the Chief Executive has not spoken on the record about the manager since October last year, and his last statement at all came in the wake of the departure of Andries Jonker to Wolfsburg.

At the very least, you can’t escape the fact that whatever is going on, it’s not healthy for the football club right now.

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When he leaves, he’s going to leave a club without even the foundations of a modern football club (in terms of management) – No director of football and not being at the same level as the rest of to clubs when it comes to coaching.
Not that he’s the one we can count on when looking for change – The sad truth is that he is a persistent old man, and well, persistent old man don’t tend to change.
The sad thing is that there’s a catch none of us will like – You can’t only bring a world class manager, he needs a suitable staff and the ability to change Arsenal’s structure and that probably won’t happen given our board…

Dan Hunter

It is these kinds of interviews which really infuriate me. I really respect Arsene Wenger but these kind of interviews really help me reinforce my stance that it is beyond the end of the line. Wenger, you got to go.

Atom

I think in some ways if the board has the strength to totally cut the cord with Wenger at some point (he can be attached in some symbolic role but not in any meaningful decision making capacity) sporting director or head coach (manager) would actually be one of the most attractive jobs in Europe.

The expectations are pretty moderate. A lot of times people point to Man U but the difference is Ferguson kept reinventing himself and winning – he didn’t go more than 2 years without a title. Wenger hasn’t meaningfully competed in over a decade for CL or PL so just competing for the league and getting out of the round of 16 would be seen as progress.

While Kroenke’s total lack of involvement is an issue right now when many want Wenger to move on – it’s also a huge selling point to a new sporting director/coach. Unlike Chelsea, Madrid, etc you would have a patient owner who does not meddle at all in football matters. You would get plenty of time to build Arsenal.

It’s in London which is easier to attract talent and also is a stable/ big club.

The real problem at this point is simply it appears like Wenger won’t leave of his own volition and the board is unwilling to be the one’s to push him out. When he does go I’m not sure it will be all that hard to replace him with competent people. Now that might mean a dip in form as people adjust to the new league etc. but it’s not exactly like Wenger has lit the world on fire transfer wise or on the pitch the last decade.

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Atom, spot on mate.
Sadly a lot of us feel this way for the lst five years or so.

Stan Kroenke\'s blood sucker
Stan Kroenke\'s blood sucker

Stan don’t care bout club management, Stan care about a host to attach to, so we sucks the money and life out for our own greedy sustenance. Look at KSE’s other clubs. We don’t survive on hope and trophy, we lives on GREEEEED

Gooooooooonnnnaaaaaaaa
Gooooooooonnnnaaaaaaaa

Although I agree with some points, I think that’s a bit harsh. You can’t really argue with what he has said. I just want to remind people that Wenger isn’t just being given the microphone and he talks out of his ass, he’s fulfilling media duties (which are mandatory since TV companies now own football) and answering questions.

2005-2014 we were fincancially constraint while still playing the most attractive football in the league. The team played with cohesion with them all being on the same wavelength. That isn’t down to the players you sign, that’s down to the quality of your coaching. Yes Arsenal aren’t defensive enough and yes we lack a big presence in midfield, but if it’s not perfect it doesn’t mean it’s all broken.

My only issue with Wenger is from 2014-present. We were no longer financially constraint, we were in a healthy position to push on to the next level and really challenge. We were no longer financially constraint and could rectify the things we couldn’t when we were still paying off the stadium loans. For example, the team clearly has a hole between defence and attack, we clearly need a dominant figure there that can link the two together. If we can see it then I’m sure Wenger sees it.

It’s his wrongly placed faith in certain players that clouded his judgement. Forget kante, we could have signed Vidal the season before, which would have made Alexis really happy, but he didn’t because we have Coqeulin. He didn’t re-sign fabregas because we have Ozil, but since fabregas moved he always played in a 2 man midfield rather than in the 10 position. We ended up playing cazorla there, and that is exactly the position we lacked in the last year.

Having closely followed what’s been going on at Arsenal I strongly believe we ARE in a strong position to move forward but our main issue has been recruitment. The balance is completely wrong. Mesut Ozil is the best number 10 in the world, his numbers would even argue he’s the best creator in the history of the game (I’m not arguing that). But you can ask any football fan in the world and they’ll tell you he’s not someone who will do for your team what Sanchez does for example. He’s the type of player you build a team around. At Madrid he had 2 of Xabi Alonso, Khedira, Modoric behind him. Now compare the stability those players give you compared to Coq, Ramsey, Xhaka. There’s no comparison. Plus Ozil had di Maria and Ronaldo on the wings. We have Walcott and iwobi, no disrespect to either of them but neither are even half as consistent enough to be considered a top player (Iwobi’s young and that’s justified, I’m not getting on his back, I think he has an unbelievable future ahead of him).

Our team is stupidly unbalanced and I hate agreeing with Neville but what he said 2 years ago was spot on. Wenger is either naive or arrogant to think he can play a team this imbalanced.

Xhaka, who I rate, is the type of player that needs to play in a three man midfield, only player you can pair with Xhaka whilst having Ozil as a CAM is Kante or someone who covers as much ground AND is a killer defender. Ramsey and elnenny cover the ground and coquelin can defend. But play a midfield trio of Xhaka Ramsey and OX, that doesn’t look too bad. Wenger bought Xhaka thinking he was a CDM, and was wrong. He bought podolski to play as a striker and was wrong, he then played him as a left winger and that never worked out. He is a striker in a 2 striker formation. After losing Van Persie we actually had a forward who was as good if not better at scoring goals and we couldn’t fit him in the team, instead we replaced RVP with Giroud. Is that arrogant or naive? Depending on how you feel about the manager it’s one or the other.

Ex-Priest Tobin

More dissembling bullshit. We do need structural change. And the first change should be the specialist in failure getting kicked out the door.

The Loon Ranger

He says “without anyone putting a penny in” I think you’re forgetting all of us who bought tickets at outrageous prices. Time to wave your magic wand arsene because I’m afraid for the future of the club I love.

Southpaw

He might think his £ 8.5 millions a year salary comes from football gods for his extraordinary achievments year in year out.

Rob67

We haven’t even got to the point of a public decision yet but you can see him already bridling at the prospect of doing things differently.

He won’t ! He really won’t ! So do we want two more years of the same ?Does anyone outside the personality ‘Cult’ welcome that ? Because that’s what it is going to be if we don’t get rid of him.

GreenEgg

This is the problem. He places as much or more value on Arsenal’s financial record than on it’s sporting record (and takes 100% of the credit for both). The pursuit of sporting glory has clearly taken a back seat to financial stability over the past 10 years. Not that this is all his fault, the board and ownership are certainly complicit. But it is time for Arsenal to bring in a new manager who is only focused on winning matches/titles. Let the board and ownership worry about the business side of the club.

Kake

Catalyst for evolving then

Gazidis

Yep. Lets evolve.

IamaGoober

There’s no question in my mind that all of these extra curricular activates he has to do has definitely made him lose focus on the footballing side of things.

I just think that even with added support i.e. a Director of Football, new coaching staff.. etc… I still think it is too late for Arsene to steer this ship around.

The split in the fan base is too great now for it ever to be truly repaired. We could win every single game between now and Christmas next year, and when the inevitable loss eventually occurs the reaction would still be as if we had lost every single game between now and then. There is just too much discontent for it work if he stays. I also think there is just too much slipping into gear for the Arsenal players now. The comfort zone is all too large. Hence we keep seeing the same mistakes rear their ugly heads each season.

We always get to boiling point each year, where it genuinely looks like we are in great shape to win a league title. Then we always have that big testing run of fixtures, where we have to go away to Chelsea and win, or City, or United – and we don’t do it. We never have the mettle to go to those places and deliver under pressure, when there’s something on the line, we just don’t have the satchel to do it.

So there must be some sort of reoccurring theme or process that continuously happens in the preparation to those games internally that always leads us to get beaten – and I think that’s down to just the whole malaise around Arsenal, that its okay to get beaten when the time counts, winning isn’t everything right?Because we can always finish fourth. So I think the only way we will ever get out of that cycle is with a new fresh approach to everything – and that in my book does start with a new manager, new coaches, and new ideas.

Arsenals problems are far bigger then everything being solved by getting in a fabulous old face like Patrick Vieira’s, and giving him a fantastic new job as The Director of Football subsequently allowing Arsene to keep his job as the manager. Its not going to work.

clins

agreed. the fans have become too divided and the situation has worsened , now even if wenger somehow manages to reinvent himself it will be too late.

IamaGoober

The thing is Clins, I don’t think Arsene is capable of doing that. He has had practically a whole decade and then some to do that and he hasn’t done it.

I just think the game is passing him by, which is completely understandable, he is nearly 70. The younger managers coming through now seem to be able to get so much more out of a gang of fairly useless players. Like I don’t think Spurs are better then us, nor Chelsea for that matter, but they just have a coach in charge who is getting the maximum out of the players – and I think Arsene just isn’t able to get what he needs out of the players anymore.

So it doesn’t matter who you get in along side him, nothing will change. Its his methods that need updating I think.

Fed up Gooner

This is a fantastic post. My sentiments exactly.

BringSeamanBack

@ IamaGoober

“We could win every single game between now and Christmas next year, and when the inevitable loss eventually occurs the reaction would still be as if we had lost every single game between now and then”

Christmas Next year? Hmmm… Meaning next season (August to May) we will every game.. yeah I’ll take that

IamaGoober

@BringSeamanBack

That’s my point. To win every game between now and Christmas next season would be a ridiculous achievement. However because the relationship with Arsene and the fans is so bad, when we did then eventually lose a game, people would still treat it as if we had lost every single game over the same time frame when in reality we hadn’t (hypothetically)

Might point was simply – there is now a ridiculous knee jerk reaction to every single loss, due to repetitive nature of the teams failings over the last 13 years. So it wouldn’t matter what Arsene does, he wont ever be able to repair it.

Goonie

Surprised there is no analysis by Arseblog on the downsides of hiring a Director of Football. What structure is best?

Glen Helders Left Foot
Glen Helders Left Foot

He never talks about what’s happening on the pitch anymore,just lectures us of how he’s transformed a nothing London club into a European giant. Thanks Arsene but you are a football manager and your team has been going nowhere for years, it makes me sad to think of what an amazing man he was and what he has become

emob

Yes, it’s always those general, vague and platitudes. It’s really become tiring for some time.

Bloody Hair Ljungberg
Bloody Hair Ljungberg

He never said that. Arsenal was alrrady a big club. Biggest in London with no doubt. His previous, Graham had won us just as many big titles and a EC. We were attracting Englands bests as well as the continets in likes of Wright and Bergkamp. We were always a top 10 club since 1920s.

gooner of Oz

He did say so many times now in different ways. I agree with the rest though.

donald\'s trump

He literally says it in the quote above.

‘All down to the quality of my work’

It’s like he’s the dictator of some Banana Republic

salmok

yes. if you compare what he found to what we are today you can easily say he brought us to the first world.

Voldermort

Also what he overlooks is most club’s are recognisable to 20 years ago. Stadiums, training grounds, finances they have all changed hugely for almost every top flight club in one way or another.
Even Look at teams like derby, Bolton Leicester Wigan borough Sunderland etc etc all have modern stadiums compared to 20 years.it means nothing.

Duece

He doesn’t get afforded the opportunity to talk football anymore, all it is is this tripe about his future. Everyone should realise by now that the man is not going to step down before the end of the season (if at all), so we either get behind the club or watch it miss out on European footy next year… which in my eyes would see us challenge, if not win the league because this group of players do not seem to have the mental capacity to fight on numerous fronts.

04Arsenal

Is this Ty?

David Hillier\'s luggage
David Hillier\'s luggage

I think a lot of that comes down to the fact he’s mostly asked about off the field issues in press conferences, not what’s happening on the pitch.

bonda

he always answers like that. It’s just that we have adopted a hostile attitude towards him and feel like everything that comes out of his mouth is bull

Yorkshire Gunner

To be fair to him, if he didn’t speak about off the field matters who else would? We’d be reliant on Sir Chips’ platitudes.

salmok

he is correct though

if the maximum level is 9-10 as per barca bayern etc then arsenal, when wenger arrived was at 5. He has brought us to 7-8.

donald\'s trump

ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

No, in the 7 years before Wenger came we had won 2 league titles and The cup winner’s cup.

Wenger has won 3 titles in his first 7 years which is great. But then he has not won any since. So how are we now an ‘8’ if we were a ‘5’.

We are not any bigger in terms of standing.

Bloody Hair Ljungberg
Bloody Hair Ljungberg

A change would be the stupidest thing. In 2 decades of purple patch we are in our first run of bad form ever. Barcelona or Real Madrid have had at least 10 in the same time. I trust the most exprienced manager in football to bring us back to our best. Couple of wins and we are back in top 4. Wenger have done it a million times. Even when we needed to win almost all our 13 games to secure 4th. Youre a fool if you dont believe he’ll do it again.

btw

If he gets us back to our “best”, then it is still not good enough. Our “best” under Wenger has always fallen short of expectations, not just the fans, but those set by Wenger and Gazidis.

Eric Blair

A man whose best led the team unbeaten through an entire season and a first Champions League final, as well as 2 Doubles, is not good enough for Arsenal?

SpamB0t

Apparently not, judging by the results and the play.

And it’s not like this year is this unique shitstorm. We have roughly the same number of points as last year.

The defense has been godawful for a decade and it’s shown no signs of “evolution”. The teams have been “weak mentally” for a decade. We have starters who aren’t fit to tie Vieira’s shoelaces. Virtually everyone is underperforming this season.

Henry said after the City game that back in his days, some people in the locker room would “have a go” at some of our players. The current team doesn’t even have any leaders, hell, it doesn’t even have a fucking captain.

I assume you want Wenger to be our manager NOW and next season, not 15 years ago.

NOW, he’s not good enough to make us compete with the top teams, ergo, he should go and we should get someone who can.

Build him a fucking statue and move on.

Tim

While you think this: “Youre a fool if you dont believe he’ll do it again.”, your comment suggests you’re sleeping. So wake up.

Canador

I guess you are the fool because you have lost reality.

gabor

But those changes were made in 6 years.. what about the the other 15 ?

emob

Fuck me, he really seems clueless. I mean, I get it in that he’s trying to defend what he has built, but come the fuck on. At least show some awareness.

gooner of Oz

You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain

Me So Hornsey

I wonder if George Graham raises an eyebrow or two every time he hears Wenger referencing how shit things were before he came.

Those 2 league titles, the first ever cup double, the league cup AND a European trophy he won us seems to be an aberration as far as Arsene’s concerned.

gooner of Oz

And he did all that in third the time Wenger have had. Wenger havent won a title without a Graham player in his squad.

Eric Blair

There is some seriously delusional ramblings on here at the moment, post-truth nonsense up there with some of the Brexit and Trump bullshit. In the unbeaten season only Keown and Parlour had been around in the Graham era, and they rarely played. Keown only had one season with Graham as when he was at the club the first time Graham sold him off to Everton! It is possible to criticize Wenger without resorting to playground taunts and trying to rewrite history to fit your agenda as if he hasn’t done anything for the club. Jesus.

I have to agree though that Graham’s achievements may have been overlooked due to the way he left the club, the fact he went to them, and what Wenger has done since. It’s a shame, cause I really liked Graham and his teams and there have been many times that we could have used some the assets he instilled in the team. Mind you, could have done with a few characters like Adams, Keown et al too.

salmok

relax pal..not like you were real madrid before wenger.

i repeat

if the maximum level in terms of world class prestige football club is a 9-10 (barca real baeyrn etc) then arsenal was at best a 5 before wenger.

he has brought us to 7-8.

to reach the level of 9-10 though you need heavy heavy spending…that ball is in owners court..not wenger’s.

i dont think you people understand…noone outside london or england actually gave a shit about graham’s drunks… it was all a bit meh… sure you fanatics will think differently but objectively speaking arsenal was not considered some world class goliath that sweeped all before them.

nowhere in football history chronicles do you see ajax liverpool bayern benfica barcelona real madrid juventuis milan BOWING to arsenal ….

Faisal Narrage

What a tool.
I’ll make sure to remember your name and keep a look out for your awful nonsense next time.

Frank

Sounds like he’s not even an Arsenal fan (“not like you were real madrid before wenger.”) so I don’t even know what he’s doing on this site, possibly just a troll.

Alan Sunderland

He’s not going to change at all

clins

for the love of everything he is not going to change at all . he hasnt reinvented himself in a decade . he didint even reinvented himself this last match and is not going to do that if he somehow stays another season

Beezus Faffoon

What the fuck is going on? We’re crying out for some clarity and it seems that nobody at the club can give it to us! WHY NOT?!

Southpaw

Because they’re afraid it’s not a good time to annouce Wenger’s decision to stay. Maybe after we’ve won some we’ll hear the inevitable.

Laci

He is starting to talk like Liverpool fans.

Fed up Gooner

At the start of the season I was sad about Wenger retiring. Now I can’t wait for him to go. He will not leave unless dragged kicking and screaming. Arsene you added to the Arsenal story, you didn’t create it!

Goontang

This is all stemming from the top. Gazidis, the board. Especially Get this fucking Kroenke bloke the fuck out of our club. Go fucking play with your le cross franchise and continue to look like the poacher from jumanji.

Alex

Sorry but all of this says to me that Wenger continues to think that he is doing the right thing, overall and that the big picture is OK in his mind.

I don’t doubt that he recognises the need and space for improvement for on-field results but he is not being honest about what is needed in place by the time his final day arrives.

I would almost accuse him of being too objective.

Chelsea have had a dozen managers and a dozen trophies. Maybe stability can be overrated when it comes to peak sports performance.

Monkey Nuts

It’s all about him and how great he thinks he is. We can’t carry on with an ego maniac in charge.

John Hall

If Gazidis told me today was Wednesday, I’d go check the calendar.

Glocken

Dictators never want change. His arrogance and blind disregard of the problems we have (publically at least) is staggering.

We desperately need him to go. We can’t move forward as a club with his paralysing hold on the club in effect.

We need a new manager, new coaches, a director of football, and a new approach to doing things to bring us into the modern era and we need it now.

bazza_wicks

ok we took the vision to procede with off field developments and now we have the infulstructure in place but when you look at chelski, totteringham, liverpool, man city and man utd they got the onfield structures in place before they went for the stadium builds etc and now look at the league it dont tell lies, we are at the same crossroads now as last season difference is apart from man u they have moved onwards and upwards we are treading water, we have Kronke who is only passionate for the money side, you look at all the other clubs chairmen owners etc always present at 90% of games and passion is instilled in them until we change from the top down just see the same old same old throw us a life jacket just to survive

Faisal Narrage

Agreed.
Statistically speaking, we’re just as good as we were last season, the difference is everyone else has improved significantly.

I hate to use them as an example, but you go see the changes Levy has recently made to Spurs. They have arguably the best and latest training facility in the league, they’ve had more youth get into their first team recently, they arguably have a style of play much mor modern than us, they have structures in place similar to Dortmund and Atlético and have thus ensured regardless of if Poch leaves, they’ll always keep running, they’re making some huge strides commercial (and from what I hear, there WILL be an NFL London franchise, and Spurs will be their home and that will bring significant commercial revenue and marketing opportunity to the US, some visionary thinking), and will soon have a newer and bigger stadium than us.

Wenger and the board somehow talk as if they’re in a bubble, oblivious to the changes the rest of the league makes. And the current malaise within the team is a perfect reflection of that; of a club believing in the vision of one man and the idea he will forever stay ahead of the game like he once was 20 years ago. And now the world has crept up, they, and Wenger still seem in denial.

It’s absolutely worrying that Wenger himself seems fine to have all football structures based around him, knowing the dangers it puts us in if he ever decides to wake up one day and call it quits. I thought he was meant to be a custodianof the club?

California Gooner

If anyone still thinks this deluded old fool should remain in charge they need their head examined! #wengeroutNOW

donald\'s trump

Me, me, me – look at me, I’m so great.

What an arrogant prick. Seriously can’t stand him anymore.

We were a big club before you came and will be long after you’ve gone.

A T

getting frustrated at how this is all unfolding. Wenger looks like will not be able to change enough to take the club frwrd and club is happy to ignore all this.As a fan for past 13 years I feel sad and confused as to what I can do to change all this. Arsene must understand that he has to leave one day and now is probably 2 year late bt still leaving now will be ok for him and for the club. Its difficult for him to accept life beyond Arsenal bt it has to happen one day

salmok

some of you really disgust me. our club was a bit of a joke before arsene. an actual circus. he transformed the club for the better in every department imaginable. arsenal was never no.1 in england or no.1 in europe. why shoudl t be now? because of a stadium and you paying ‘expensive’ tickets ? lol…. how naive are you all?

bayern has been top club since 70’s ..barca had cruyff working there 40 years till it all clicked… real madrid winning european big ones since 50’s, milan mesmerised the world in late 80/early 90s…. who the fuck is arsenal to sit among them?

yet we do..even if its on the brand name prestige financial organisational side of football.

but the thing is you have seen chelsea with 1 billion investment and city with 1.5 billion investment jumping the que and you react like something is owed to you….

all this purely shows that basically arsenal and to extent england footballf ans actually have no fucking clue of actual perceptions and reputations outside england.

arsenal is revered in football advanced nations like holland spain and germany …..

basically your insular mentality makes you incapable of recognising the difference of being part of a world elite (even if tis only financial at this stage) and the difference of existing to beat tottenham for the local derbie…..

think big, act big..wenger brought that mindset to arsenal..noone else..

bdagooner

Act big? Quite obvious you haven’t watched the same Arsenal as the rest of us.

Faisal Narrage

Oh shut up you delusional twat.
It’s quite clear you your knowledge of Arsenal begins with Wenger. And it seems it will probably end with Wenger too.

Faisal Narrage

“Arsenal has never been number 1 in England”.
How did you think Graham won those 2 titles? By being in the Top 4?

As for Europe? Go to our trophy cabinet and look at the European titles we’ve won. See who’s name won it. Hint: It wasn’t Arsene.

HamiltonGunner

It’s too bad Arsene was so short sighted about his skills and stayed in football. With the amount of nonsense he spews he would be the perfect politician and would be running the U.N. right about now. As a Canadian, the only difference between our current prime Minister and Wenger is that Trudeau is younger. Both just stand on their soap box and preach about themselves. Pathetic.

Gooner_Al

This is increasingly fucked up. You have Ivan saying Catalyst of Change or whatever he was chuntering on about. Now Wenger is on about no change needed, the foundation to do better is already there. Who’s in charge here? It’s like an episode of The Office except this time David Brent runs Arsenal FC.

bdagooner

He’s just trolling now.

If he honestly believes that there are no or minimal changes needed, then he truly needs to go this summer.

Stuck on repeat...

So, if “The target of the club is always to do better…the structure is there…” & “We have fantastic conditions to do better”…then exactly why aren’t we doing better?

The answer for me has always been that there is no actual desire ir wish to better, & that starts with the owner & board. Which in turn begs the questions again of do we actually really have the right structure, targets & conditions?

Change will only truely happen when it starts at the top & then filters down.

uncle D

Reading too much into the statement. He is stating the obvious. Blogs you are not making things better. This post is negative quite negative.

Bendtner\'s Ego

He’s just clueless right now. Any club would be radically different from 20+ years ago. Arsenal should look to benchmark themselves versus other top clubs and then they would see where the deficiencies are.

I’ll settle for a spectacular change of manager.

Georgeycharles

The jury might be out on whether Arsene still has what it takes as a football tactician, but there’s no doubt about it, right now his PR skills are non existent.

Tdot Gooner

“I would like you to visit one day the club now, what it is, compared to what it was when I arrived, and you would say that there is a structural change,” he said.

Is it just me or AW and IG never really seem to be on the same page, let alone say the same things..this is the fundamental issue at the club…no structure!!!
This to me is the main problem with our club, perhaps AW has got his hands on too too many things at the club. Personally i do not believe that the club demands this from AW, but rather AW loves the control/power he has at the club. Be a coach and only a coach. No one has ever doubted AW impact since joining the club but i am afraid the standards he worked so hard to build at the club are quickly vanishing…all by his own doing i may add.

JackyBoy

This is the core of the problem with Wenger right there, bright daylight, his own words.

He lives on the past achievements and memories of his glory days (like old men do). He turns a blind eye to the fact there’s a situation he or the club needs to addresses today. He thinks of Arsenal Football Club as a business – a company, which doesn’t necessarily have to be first in its ranks, but if the business plan is achieved, that’s our trophy. He lost his focus, that’s right. Football is just one thing his job description covers – so if out of let’s say 10 of them he has covered 9, that’s not bad, is it? So what if that 1 is football itself – we have the biggest cash reserves, we have great facilities, we have strategic sponsors like Puma and Emirates on our side, we serve well-balanced food in the players’ cafeteria and we are touring Australia this summer. Isn’t it great? It’s like a trophy.

Sam

I’m not even angry or upset any longer. I just feel numb, totally uninterested. The worse the team plays, the more confused and disorganised the (non)performance, the more determined Wenger gets not to leave now, but to stay forever and defend his legacy, his reputation. (It’s the only ‘defending’ he’s interested in). Extraordinary narcissism and arrogance – it’s all about himself. No-one will step in to ask him to leave either – Kroenke? I bet he couldn’t name one Arsenal player. Gazidis is routinely humiliated by Wenger, so must be hanging around for the money.
I’ve had enough. Never thought I’d feel so flat about Arsenal.

santori

There’s no schism.

Gazidis and the Board will not introduce any change unless Wenger steps down.

The system at present is tailored for the gaffer who is unique to us.

When a new manager will takeover, he will likely want to have his own system in place.

Now at that point, we need to have some things in place to ensure that should this new manager be short term and pulls out, he does not leave us with a vacuum in certain departments.

This in particular in the player recruitment department where a measure of continuity could be beneficial.

But people tend to forget Wenger has already plenty in place in this regard.

Grimandi is an experience scout who understand the Arsenal system. He can easily be pushed up into a Director of Football role.

Ben Wigglesworth (Head scout for Leicester…the title winning one), was recruited just this summer. He can easily take over as Head scout which may be intention.

I’m struggling to understand why some people feel we are poorly run…unless they are prey to the media’s constant agenda.

😉

Mootilated

I love how every time someone from the club announces things that involve change or something, wenger always comes out and says ‘that’s not exactly true.. this will continue to suck’

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