From Matt Emerson: Well, it’s happened
At last, something to talk (and read) about Myles.
Wenger will get his plaudits in the coming weeks, regardless of results.
They will be done in the overblown mawkish style that is de rigeur since the death of Diana. But the dogs bark, and the caravan moves on.
When he sits down for his first Match of the Day as a civilian like the rest of us, perhaps he will realise that.
God speed, Arsene. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
Finally the freshness and hope we sought.
And cleverly timed as the announcement may galvanise the team and fans for the Atletico Madrid game .
Even if we lose, and the season fades out there be no dissent as it’s already done. If he waited and the season faded out, would there be nothing but dissent! So perfectly timed, the plaudits and maybe a rousing end to the era .
Allegri and Enrique top my list as proven coaches and then if we being bold Eddie Howe and then Vieira, though like you this concerns me.
The MLS is no Premier League, but he has status and respect. There could be worse appointments like Rodgers and Henry, which is ridiculous and based on sentiment, as he is best where he is on the media carousel.
Benitez is not the worst shout but I think they be looking for long-term successor a someone who will be there 5 years minimum.
But it’s happened and as previously stated it comes with no guarantees but anything is better than death by thousand cuts of last few seasons in games that mattered and this season astonishing away record
Personally already feeling the freshness and excited to see who is appointed and how we build again to hopefully challenge
Remember Guardiola took 3 seasons and that pragmatism will be needed at Arsenal. Any coach would first fix the obviou,s so expect defensive overhaul as #1 priority, not just in personnel but in emphasis and strategy.
So let’s sit back and enjoy how it unfolds. We now have hope.
People need heroes and so do editors.There is now a Niagara of features, thousands of pages celebrating the brilliant French polymath who modernised English football. He deserves that acclaim.
The media will continue to applaud Wenger’s legacy and that may be reprised after his final match.
Given more power than any manager in football history, he became a dictator and lost his way.
With David Dein by his side he built Arsenal into one of Europe’s respected clubs. But then they slipped down, became an outfit who lost 3-1 at home to Monaco and 10-2 to Bayern Munich on aggregate. Crowds are down, season tickets and Club Level need a big boost.
So his departure was a business decision.
He was offered Upstairs but said he wanted to leave completely. He ‘s joining PSG but not as coach.
Wenger’s best teams would have won a European Cup with a more tactically astute manager who understood the basics of defending
Wenger inherited George Graham’s defence, the finest back five in Europe, but never mentioned the words George or Graham once in 22 years. He rated himself morally superior to everyone in football. And also intellectually superior.
But people need heroes, leaders and legends.
Newspapers know that and exploit it. That’s why the mainstream media have decided to airbrush the last decade from the record and celebrate the innovations which allowed Wenger to take three League titles from Manchester United.
My own views on the last ten years will be familiar to regular readers of ANR. Those views have never changed. I always said that if Danny Fiszman hadn’t died of throat cancer in 2011, Wenger would have been sacked years ago.
But things are looking up.
As soon as Wenger’s exit was announced by Ivan Gazidis, the West Ham game was suddenly sold out.