Time for Change: The Arsenal Verdict

Here we are once again, a season which promised so much and has delivered so little for Arsenal fans is upon us. I find myself with a sense of deja vu. It seems every season they are limping over the line to gain 4th place in the league after looking so promising at the turn of the year.wenger_arsenal_ap

The emergence of their bitterest rivals down the road as a genuine title challenger, should provide enough ammunition that something needs to change at the Emirates!

The Four Candidates:

Diego Simeone – The Passionate One

simeone-600x337It takes someone special to turn La Liga’s 2 horse race into a 3 horse race, but that’s exactly what Simeone is, Special. He’s passionate, he bonds with all his players. Turning Athletico into one of Europe’s most dangerous clubs on the counter attack. Arsenal fans could expect to see George Graham type discipline back at the club with Simeone in charge. With Simeone in charge you don’t know what to expect it’s almost the equivalent of Mario Balotelli. It could provide to be a masterstroke, or he could explode into a puddle of hot lava on the sidelines. If available i’d get him in a heart beat.

Ronald Koeman – The Sensible Option

A very safe pair of hands. Quietly going about his business on the South Coast, picking upronald_koeman exactly where Pochettino left off. Learnt from the best from the late great Johan Cruyff, and likes to see good football played on the deck. He’d also take on Wenger’s youth philosophy, and still promote youth players. IMO beginning to get restless at Southampton, judging by some interviews hinting he couldn’t take Southampton any further with their resources.

Joachim Löw – The Wildcard

World Cup winning manager – Doesn’t look bad on the CV does it?

Been in charge of the German National Team for 10 years now. Depending on how Joachim-LöwGermany get on at this summers Euro’s he could be wanting a way out. Yet to really prove himself at club level with only short stays at all his previous clubs before he took to international management. Also likes to give Youth a chance and could help turn Arsenal into a slick well run machine like the German side which thrashed Brazil at 2014 World Cup. He’s also one of the most stylish managers around.

Laurent Blanc – The Frenchman

Arsenal have been lead by Arsène Wenger for almost 20 years now. So it would be foolish psg-paris-saint-germain-laurent-blanc_3388739to not include a suitable candidate lined up to take over like SAF did with David Moyes. The previous French National manager and current PSG man could do a very good job at Arsenal. Could provide a bit of a shock coming to a league with actual competitiveness unlike Ligue 1 where PSG could miss the first 10 games and still win the league. Blanc could find himself without a job soon too with an early Champions League exit to Man City and Mourinho lurking in the shadows.

 

Thanks for reading,

Tom

 

 

 

 

 

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5 A-side Team of the Season

With the season drawing to an exhilarating close, and with Leicester City and Spurs taking the title race down to the wire. I take a look at the players who I’d want playing in my team.

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Lloris (Tottenham)

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The Spurs shotstopper has certainly had a season to remember. Tottenham have the best
defensive record in the league, with the consistent form of their captain playing a major role. Bodes well for France with Euro 2016 on the horizon.

 

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Kanté (Leicester City)

The 25 year old frenchman tops the charts for tackles and interceptions with an eye for passing too. Calm head on young shoulders, has been vital to Leicester’s title challenge. Has broken up attacking threats from opponents all season long.

Payet (West Ham United)  Payet

Remember watching West Ham Vs Man City at the back end of Jan on Sky. Payet was unbelievable in that game, he embarrassed a majority of the Manchester City  midfield with his skill and trickery. It’s a pity he got injured during the season. But when he has played he’s gone from strength to strength. West Ham will hope they can hang on to him in the summer. Boy his free kicks aren’t half bad either.

SOCCER-626598Mahrez (Leicester City)

Arguably the star player of the season, Mahrez has enthralled the King Power Stadium with some stellar performances with his mazy runs, assists & goals. Leicester will be hoping he signs a contract extension ASAP. Otherwise Europe’s elite will be sniffing around.

 

Harry Kane (Tottenham)Tottenham's Harry Kane

Is he the best finisher in the league? Statistics would suggest he is after bagging his 22nd league goal against Liverpool on Saturday evening. I’d still put him behind Augero, but he’s definitely England’s best forward at this moment in time. Instinctive finisher

 

Subs:

Morgan (Leicester City)

This time last season, Leicester City were bottom of the league. Now they look odds on to do the unthinkable. The 1-0 win over Saints whereMorgan scored too, helped to establish a 7 point gap between themselves and Spurs. Morgan has been ever-present this season in the league for Leicester. A rock at the back and is crucial to Leicester’s success.

Dier (Tottenham)

For me, he has to start for England in the summer. An inspired decision from Pochettino to move Dier from CB to Defensive Mid. Looks at ease with the ball at his feet.

Alli (Tottenham)

Surely another candidate to go straight into Roy’s starting XI in the summer after his performances for Spurs this season. Some question his temperament, but he is an unbelievable prospect.

 

How would your team of the season look?

Thanks for reading,

Tom