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An emotional old day


- The enormity of today really hit me when I realised that for the presentation nobody had left early. That is quite a tribute. Think about it: there was no trophy to be collected, no achievement to be celebrated, no high to be had. I genuinely think many people were there not for personal indulgence in the way that going to the football ordinarily is but genuinely out of a sense that being there was the right and proper thing to do. The fact that everyone felt that way was truly a huge tribute.

- Giving him the golden trophy was a bloody classy touch. They’ve given away something pretty special there frankly but I think it was the right call.

- It was strange finding myself straining to hear every word of his speech today because truth be told I’d stopped paying attention to what he said a few years ago.

- I think the truth is that he probably stayed a little longer than was ideal. But it is also the case that he didn’t carry on as long as I think many of us feared he might do.

12 Responses to “An emotional old day”

  1. oreo says:

    this used to be a good blog. now it is a page that represents 5 min of the blogger’s time every 3 months.

  2. PD says:

    Quality over quantity oreo.
    We would all love Goodplaya to post more often but a) he has said many times there just hasn’t been much to say about arsenal over the last few seasons that wasn’t already said & b) what he does say makes this a more readable direction 99% of Arsenal blogs …and the level of debate on here reflects that.
    Join in or just don’t bother…it’s a free world.

  3. PD says:

    Having said that…I find myself at a bit of a loss after yesterday. Not living in England, I only get to 3/4 games a season these days. I’m away on a long planned family holiday at the minute so couldn’t go yesterday. I had a ticket for the final on Lyon so I feel a bit lost personally that I didn’t get my chance to say goodbye to Arsene. I watched the scenes from the Emirates on the internet last night after the wife & kid had gone to bed..even from that distance, I found myself tearing up a little bit.
    Hats off to the club & all involved, it looks like it was done brilliantly….and to Arsene especially : not sure how he held it together. Good luck sir. We will always remember you…and always love you. Merci Arsene indeed.

  4. MDP says:

    What I can I say about Arsene… he simply took Arsenal to a place where we were hanging out with the very best clubs in the world and looked like we belonged there for a time. If the mere fractions of a second that make or break football matches were played all over again Arsenal would most likely have 1 or even 2 Champions League trophies to add to the collection, but football can be cruel.

    In the early days he clearly inspired many people with his forward thinking methods and ways, prolonging the careers of the old guard. His record of qualifying for the Champions league is often scoffed at but it did make the move to the Emirates less rocky than it could have been. I think we all agree that he stuck it out longer than he should but the club on a footballing level is still on reasonable ground with a very health crop of youth working it’s way through and the offensive side of the playing staff looking extremely decent despite the backward step in our fortunes. There’s still much to work with for the person that fills his shoes and a return to .

    On a personal level, I always felt a healthy respect and affection for the man who with out doubt in my mind loved and did his upmost and best for the club. I admire his ability to stand strong when so many were right in his face pointing the finger, an unbelievable show of steel. Most of all I love the fact he’s simply an Arsenal fan! There’s not much more we can ask for than that.

    Thanks for the memories Arsene, they will always be re-lived and treasured.

  5. slc gunner says:

    Thanks for the memories Arsene, the quality of the football, the great European nights, the diamonds in the rough, the sense of humour, the thick skin, and the many great Frenglish expressions. The glorious ending was not to be, but we had many great moments over the years.

    Oreo – as PD states, quality trumps quantity. Plus I appreciate the fact that the most recent blog stays up until the next one, so that we can continue to comment as anything newsworthy emerges.

    Onward – there is a bit of excitement in the air as we anticipate the new manager.

  6. Elvis says:

    So then. Who should be next Arsenal manager? Pep Guardiola would be good…

  7. PD says:

    Elvis, Guardiola will never succeed in England – remember that argument from the AKB brigade a few years back ? That worked out well. Klopp too another definite failure.

    I think it’s pretty clear at this stage that it’s going to be Arteta & that any ‘process’ to finding a new manager has been a charade from the start. Gazidis has had one man in mind all along & all the talk of a 50m warchest etc (utter nonsense – we will spend much more than that this summer, I guarantee it) was to fool people into believing that we went after the likes of Allegri, Enrique, Ancelotti etc but they weren’t interested. An absolute farce.
    Why Arteta ? Hopefully because Gazidis genuinely believes he’s the right man. It’s hard not to be cynical though & believe that Arteta is getting the job for the same reason he was made captain : a good lad, loves the club & is prepared to say the ‘right’ things (i.e. the things the club want him to say) & not kick up too much of a fuss.
    Either way, we will have to get behind him & hope he succeeds.

  8. slc gunner says:

    Hypothetically (and I certainly acknowledge PD’s points), my preferred candidate would be Allegri. A very solid CV at both Milan and Juve, and someone who would radically change our approach defensively. We would no longer be a gung-ho attacking team and the overall balance of the team would improve. Simeone would be my 2nd choice – he’s a little mad, but his record in Spain is outstanding. I’m a little skeptical about Luis Enrique – when you’re at a team such as Barca, you’re expected to do well, and I don’t even think he did that well. I don’t recall his experience at other clubs. Ancelotti could be a good option as a quick fix – he tends to come in for a short time and do well initially (see Chelsea, Bayern). He was also very successful at Milan. What some pundits have said though is that he’s mainly a man-manager, which is mostly what Arsene was – so maybe not the radical change that would be needed.
    From the Top 6, Conte might be available – and he would definitely improve things defensively as well. My guess is that he will leave England though. In a dream world, Pep or Klopp would be available, but they are not. I have no interest in Mourinho. Pochettino is an excellent manager, but leaving Spurs for Arsenal is not going to happen.
    Outside of the Top 6, Dyche, Eddie Howe and Benitez would be my top 3.
    However, I think we should be looking at some of the others first. There are probably managers from the other top leagues that would also be good candidates – I’m just not informed enough on those.
    As for Arteta, the likely candidate at this stage: he has trained under Pep, so that’s a good thing. Great players are not usually great managers, but he was not a great player (but a very good attacking player in his prime at Everton). I think he understood the game as a player, read the game well despite obvious limitations in a holding midfield role. He also knows the club very well, but that can be counter-productive when we need a bigger shake-up. A huge gamble because of his lack of experience. But all great managers have to start somewhere. Certainly not my 1st choice, but as PS states, we’ll have to get behind him if he gets the job.

  9. Delve 348 says:

    Arteta will not command the salary of a manager who already has experience of winning things so the board will find that an attractive attribute.

    He was surely one of the greatest captains in Arsenal’s history (albeit with an average team around him) and that might well get translated into top management material.

    But it is a risk; Bobby Moore was a rubbish manager. Alex Ferguson was an average player.

    My preference would be for Allegri. A proven winner.

    Having said that, David Moyes and Sam Allardyce are available – again. Tempting…

  10. MDP says:

    If you look at our key weakness right now of defensive instability, it’s a no brainer – Allegri seems an ideal fit with a proven track record, the type to garner respect and maybe kick a bit of arse, an organiser, a tactician and a defence minded manager who knows how to win titles. Can’t blame him if he wants to stay at Juventus so if we are to go for more of an unknown instead, surely someone in the Allegri mould should be considered. Can’t say I’m an expert but you would expect Vieira to tick some of these boxes. Yet, I reckon Vieira’s smart enough to recognise that this is perhaps a step too far for a ‘rookie’.

    I’d agree that Arteta seems to be in pole position and PD is probably right that this has always been the case. I’m extremely nervous at the thought of appointing someone that has never managed at any level. It just sounds nuts! Arteta was schooled at the Barcelona Academy and has recently worked under Pep Guardiola – maybe some positives but hardly reason to believe we can find defensive stability?

    On the plus side, I think the problems are glaringly obvious and there appears to be a good back room team forming with Raul Sanllehi (Director of Football), Sven Misilintat (Head of recruitment), Huss Fahmy (Contract Negotiator) and Darren Burgess (Director of High Performance). Whoever walks through the door, we need to give a chance but I’d be feel ing a lot more comfortable with a bit of experience and pedigree.

  11. Elvis says:

    Emery was sacked after winning the domestic treble with PSG in France and is available. It would be lunacy to overlook him.

  12. Elvis says:

    Well, well, well. Looks like Unai Emery has been offered the gig. He is 46, the same age Wenger was when he was appointed. And he wins silverware.

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