Arsene Wenger met with Stan Kroenke for the first time since the American became the largest single majority shareholder of Arsenal Football Club. They were they to discuss the details of the project as well as to provide a tribute to 2 man who gave their youth for Arsenal. Danny Fiszman and Ken Friar were honoured for their services to the club by having a bridge each named on their behalf. These 2 were and are Arsenal through and through and deserves all the accolades for all that they have done for the club.
During the meet-up, Wenger was able to get assurance from Kroenke that he will still be fully in charge of the footballing side of the club. This is very good news. More often than not, new owners usually mean new management. The owners have always a penchant of changing the old guard and bring in the personnel they like to work with. It’s the same with other jobs and no different in football clubs.
Wenger has developed a big culture at the club. Not only the way our football are being played but also the business model of our club and especially on how your youth system is conducted. To change all that now would be stupid and also a waste of a good working model. Although, it must be said, we can only know for certain if there are still no changes being done at the start of next season.
Two former players and these two formed a hell of a midfield partnership at that, pointed to our lack of leadership, experience and English-ness as the reason why we have failed to lift any trophy. Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit were in their heyday, the best midfield pairing in the Premiership, if not the world. They are not entirely wrong either. But what they say is practically the same thing we’ve been saying for quite some time.
We know the squad is talented. We also know that they are young. Young ones always need the guidance of those who’ve been through it all to help them along the way, to help them to grow up. To also help them to acquired that winning and never say die mentality. Simple things but easily overlooked.
Back on the team news, there’s plenty to cheer about this weekend. Arsene Wenger was probably in his most jovial mood of the season. What with the news that Johan Djourou, Wojciech Szczesny and Thomas Vermaelen has returned to full training with the former duo in line for a place in the team sheet for Sunday. I wonder how it feels to have all our central defenders back up and running. This happiness is also offset by the fact that Bacary Sagna, Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky are all likely to miss out with various injuries. Although thankfully, none of them are in serious conditions and should be back for next week.
Although Jens Lehmann and Sebastien Squillaci both did relatively well in our win over Blackpool, I will make no secret that I still prefer Szczesny and Djourou to return in their pace for this Sunday’s home game against Liverpool. Somehow, the latter duo serves to give me more comfort that the former duo. No disrespect to Blackpool but Liverpool are a better team and their resurgence of late requires us to be at our best, in terms of performance and personnel level.
Enjoy the rest of your Friday, more tomorrow.