Mr. Right

通过now it is clear, or else it ought to be, that Unai Emery’s appointment just hasn’t worked for Arsenal. I am speculating, but I imagine that the executive team had planned to give him the duration of his second season to prove himself a worthy candidate for the job, but it is crystal clear that things are unravelling for the Spaniard who is executing a tactical impression of deckchair rearrangement on the Titanic.

Personally, I am not enormously upset that Unai Emery and Arsenal has proved to be an awkward marriage. The club have done a decent job of putting a structure in place that is not totally coach-centric. Nowadays, I just think managerial appointments are a case of trial and error at the top level. Arsenal will find this out again as they consider their succession plan.

Because the ideal candidate probably doesn’t exist. It didn’t in the summer of 2018, which is kinda sorta how the Gunners ended up with Unai Emery in the first place. Despite the subsequent spin, Arsenal were torn between appointing Emery and his compatriot Mikel Arteta. In a nutshell, the club will face a similar dilemma again this time.

I would like to think that Unai Emery has only survived this long because there is some furious back channel planning going on. I think, and hope, that the board are in the process of constructing shortlists and contacting agents to decipher availability. Sacking Emery is the easy part. Appointing the next manager is decidedly trickier.

早在2018年夏天,阿森纳寻思着在阿尔特塔高度评价新手,还是一个稍微给人留下深刻印象的总战绩一位经验丰富的管理者之间的选择。我完全理解为什么俱乐部选择了埃默里。我承认I was very much on the Arteta trainout of a fan’s sense of curiosity and excitement. I understand why highly paid executives have to think a little differently.

如果我疯了,我也许会吗opted for the safe choice too. It hasn’t worked, which I think is ok. However, I think Arsenal are about to be presented with some similar dilemmas as they ponder the next move. Most of Arsenal’s contemporaries have arrived at their managers via a furious trial and error process.

Liverpool had to sit through Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish before they landed on Klopp. Spurs ‘enjoyed’ the Tim Sherwood era and a slightly awkward entanglement with Andre Villas Boas before Pochettino became their Mr. Right. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are all struggling to identify suitable coaches, while Manchester United continue to fumble for the light switch in the post-Ferguson age.

The pace of managerial change is relentless and there are only so many top class coaches out there. This presents even more of a problem in November, when potentially desirable candidates are settled comfortably into jobs. Erik Ten Hag has already ruled himself out of the newly vacant Bayern Munich post because he wants to see out the campaign with Ajax.


The club may have to go for someone experienced and maybe a little underwhelming and ill-suited. If, say, they could spirit Rafa Benitez way from China or else gamble on Niko Kovac rediscovering his Eintracht Frankfurt form. Otherwise, they are going to have to take a gamble on as yet untapped potential (Arteta, Ljungberg- assuming either would actually want the job of course). This is a big test of Josh, Raul and Edu’s mettle and I imagine that’s why they have given Unai Emery every chance to revise the team’s ailing fortunes.

There will be lots of noise and external pressure from supporters (I have certainly been a part of that) and the eyes of the Arsenal fan base will be firmly on the executive team. They might get the appointment right, they might take a gamble on Freddie Ljungberg and find that he’s the next Pep Guardiola.

This is, after all, almost exactly how Barcelona stumbled upon Guardiola’s coaching talents in the first place. We will all proclaim their genius if they took such a move and it worked, when in reality serendipity would take a large slice of the credit. Likewise, if the next appointment proves to be a busted flush, the good will the likes of Edu and Raul built up over the summer will start to evaporate.


但他有权利看the Arsenal job and the Leicester job right now and think that he is ok where he is- especially as we are about 1/3 of the way through his first full season at the King Power. Allegri is available, but there are doubts over whether he would provide a good fit for a squad top loaded with attacking talent like Arsenal.



All of which is to say that this is a difficult situation for the club that requires delicate handling. Mr. Right probably isn’t out there, so Arsenal need to decide whether to go for another safety first appointment and hope that it works out better this time than it has for Unai Emery, or else they are going to have to take an almighty gamble on a potential up and comer. It’s a tight rope and the world is watching.

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