How are Arsenal making you feel right now?
Below is a list of candidates, but first let’s look at the need….
What do Arsenal need?
You often learn what you want by seeing what you don’t want.
- We need a fluent English speaking clear communicator.
- We need someone who can balance our style with the need to deny the opponents, not one or the other, as we had with Wenger and Emery.
- Arsenal fans want attacking football but are ok with a more pragmatic approach against better opposition.
- We need a coach who can instill belief in the players to rejuvenate their away form.
- We need someone that agrees with the coaching set up and won’t complain when those above him do their job (sign players) and it doesn’t completely jive with their best thought.
- We want a coach who, after 17 years of being defensively leaky, will promote the need for a dominant DM and back four as a priority.
- A coach who believes in our current set of youngsters.
- A coach that can keep and attract players.
- A coach who can progress the club into the CL, competing for the PL and eventually give us a chance to win one or both.
What’s the attraction of Arsenal?
I’ve said for years that Arsenal is a very attractive job. You could go down in history as the first coach to bring us back to PL glory AND in time, win the CL.*
*We are a mile away right now but with a little time and significantly better coaching it’s not beyond a club of our size.
Lesser clubs have achieved this goal. That’s how I would pitch it.
Arsenal are one of the biggest clubs in the world to have never won it.
They could also live in London, have a top salary, a good team with a few holes in the squad that needs balancing and become a hero for returning Arsenal to glory and a legend for doing what nobody has ever done.
Here we go…
Club: City assistant coach
Preferred formation: Unknown
Style: He wrote a piece for the .com whilst still at AFC and he stated that if he became a coach he would want a) full commitment b) attacking style c) expressive and entertaining d) not based on the opposition.
Sounds like everything we wished Emery was!
Pep has given Arteta credit for the improvement in Rodri, Mahrez and Sterling in particular.
Thoughts: Much like Freddie, he is an unknown quantity as a head coach but he has had one HUGE advantage…. he has worked with one of the best coaches of all time for 3 years and apparently had a big impact himself.
Thoughts: Napoli are currently imploding thanks to their goofy owner and his bizarre ideas. If Ancelotti gets fed up I could actually see him taking the AFC job.
I have one huge concern though….
Sounds too much like Wenger to me and our players desperately need coaching.
Club: Arsenal Interim
Preferred formation: somewhat unknown as he has been under direction from 1st team.
Style: high energy, attacking coach who believes in a balance between structure and offensive freedom.
Thoughts: Hard to find anything negative written about him as a coach. Players seem to love him, fans already do. Was part of Jonker’s relegation with Wolfsburg but never been the man in charge. Big difference.
Got a feeling that he could be far better than many belief.
Turned Milan around then turned Juve into a dominant machine. Little concerned at his pragmatic approach rubbing fans the wrong way but clearly significantly better than Unai Emery was. Those that are adamant that Allegri is wrong for Arsenal are forgetting where we are currently and who he is and what he’s achieved.
Erik Ten Haag…
Assisted Pep at Munich and has done a fabulous job at Ajax, returning them to the top table in Europe. Will be snapped up by a bigger club or national team soon, possibly back to Munich.
Julian Nagelsmann …..
Not so young in coaching circles anymore but still only 32!!
Innovative coach who took somewhat of a sideways step in going to Leipzig when Real Madrid were interested. Hipsters choice but also a very smart choice, I believe.
A Sanhelli favourite who has just gone back to his National team job. As we all know, many coaches lose their jobs after major tournaments so I think if we choose to wait then Enrique may come back into the mix.
Created a high pressing, energetic team at Barca. Love the hunger he instills but concerned about his stubbornness and short term thinking which were two factors that saw the Roma and Barca fans turn on him.
An improvement on Emery but his lack of tolerance for the media, his imperfect English and lack of warmth with his squads are three factors that will hinder him.
The last two may be a bad memory for the players, one that they don’t wish to revisit.
Not sure how his daughters tragic death will have impacted him to be fair, as it will have had a profound effect, I’m sure.
Firstly, if you like a motivator, watch the video.
The Red Bull Salzburg coach whose reputation is growing as he gives Liverpool and Napoli fits. Will Stan and Josh be interested in an American? An American who is one of the most impressive and well rounded coaches in Europe. A motivator, a tactical innovator and a great communicator. One to look out for.
The best unknown coach in the world.
The guy who Messi voted in his Top 3 as World Coach of the Year.
River Plate’s highly-rated coach has won everything and is considered the ‘new Pep.’
So much so that the rumor is that he is off to Barcelona.
Everything is there apart from (I believe) being an English speaker.
In some ways he could be perfect. The current Bundesliga leader has been credited with having success in every area that Emery is failing at, particularly his ability to be tactically flexible whilst establishing a base style. Just doubtful that Moenchengladbach would let him leave after less than a year or that he would do that to them.
Diego Simeone.... I think if AM sack him he will go to Italy. Would certainly improve Arsenal defensively but much like Allegri, I’m not sure how the fans would go for his style.
Pep Guardiola …. ‘What’s he thinking?’ I hear you say!
Why would one of the two world’s best coaches come to Arsenal?
He thought about it before he went to Munich until Wenger put a stop to it.
I don’t see a guy who looks totally happy at City. I think he may look for another challenge if he feels let down by his City team on or off the field.
I’m sure he’d have bigger clubs interested but I wonder if he would want a different challenge?
I am concerned that his irritation at the British press for being embarrassingly limited in their understanding of the tactical side of the game, will see him leave and not come back though.
Unless the coach I want is available today, I’d happily keep Freddie Ljungberg in charge. I’d love to think that he could revitalize us and keep the job.
As we’ve seen with many former legends with little experience, the shiny factor can wear off but it could stick too.
This would give Arsenal time to breathe. I’d be actively looking for a permanent coach yet fully committed to Freddie if it works out.
I also think that we could get two ‘bounces.’ One from Freddie and the second from the new appointment, if he’s put in place this season.
I’d approach Pep Guadiola first. Why not? I wouldn’t expect him to say yes but I’d live in regret if I didn’t try, as I’ve got a sneaky feeling he’d be interested. Fully understand that this would mean keeping on Freddie until June.
If Pep wouldn’t take it I’d offer it to Arteta.
I’m not in the camp of being overly concerned about his lack of experience.
For as much as that is a true concern, so is the fact that many of the others are too worn, not as motivated, tactically stubborn, haven’t worked in England and haven’t had the experience of working with Pep like he has.
You’ve got to put it all on the scales and weigh it all up, not simply dismiss him because he’s new.
I’m also not afraid of getting it wrong. If it doesn’t work you move on. Be brave.
I’m also concerned that he may go elsewhere and we’d regret not taking the chance.
My third choice would be Tuchel. Ticks every box apart from PL experience.
If Gallardo can speak significantly better English than Emery, he’d be my fourth choice. If he can’t, I’d approach Jesse Marsch.
There are at least another 10 on this list that I’d be thrilled with so if you get anything from this article, don’t be part of the ‘but who is out there’ crew
Who do I think Arsenal will choose?
Luis Enrique or Thomas Tuchel.
I think Freddie will do well and that Raul will pick one of these two after both are fired in the summer.
Who would you choose and who do you think we will choose?