Arsene Wenger is currently trying to pretend to the world that Francis Coquelin is class, that Petr Cech isn’t having a jolly in London at Arsenal’s expense and Gabriel represents something other than a complete liability.
It’s a shame that Wenger’s Arsenal tenure has become that, when it quite easily could’ve been Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Yaya Toure running out for the biggest club in London.
That’s if you believe Le Professeur…
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The long list of world superstars that Wenger came close to bringing to Highbury and then the Emirates Stadium has reached a comical length.
At first, you give Arsene his due; he’s a phenomenal manager, had a lot of success, so it stands to reason that the top players would, at the very least, be in discussions with joining Arsenal. However, as the years roll on, and the Gunners stagnate and decline, the soundbites from Wenger grow that little bit more tiresome.
“I tried to sign Kante when he was in France and when he was at Leicester.
“We cannot explain everything – transfers are transfers – but it is quite obvious when you look at where he has gone.”
The saddest thing about the whole Kante declaration from Wenger, is you have to now question his motives for doing so. Is the man in control of every fibre of Arsenal’s DNA motivated more by achieving his own personal legacy, rather than what’s best for Arsenal Football Club?
Announcing that Arsenal tried and failed to sign N’Golo Kante, served no purpose or benefit to the Gunners. It merely highlighted the struggles they have at maintaining relevance at the big boys’ table.
But at least Wenger got across that he (supposedly) knew about Kante before his heroics at Leicester City, strengthening the opinion that Wenger knows how to spot talent. However, Wenger is either getting tired or careless, because if you tried to sign Kante from Caen, Arsene, why did Leicester beat you to the signature??
I’ll take £10 on Wenger never having heard of Kante until he joined the Foxes, and that if Wenger admits that to himself, he’ll have to admit he’s past it – something we all struggle to do.
If Wenger does the correct thing and steps aside at the end of this season, Arsenal won’t be short of options!
An unconventional choice, perhaps, but that's the way football is going these days. Hughton has proven himself time and time again and it's time for a big side to grow some grapefruits and take a chance on the 58-year-old. Image Source: Twitter
Captain obvious, yes, but Eddie Howe could work wonders at Arsenal. Whilst it almost seems too obvious to happen at this point, Howe is young enough and hungry enough to build something in North London. Image Source: Twitter
Ex-players turned managers doesn't work out all too often in the modern day game, but Patrick Vieira is a different animal completely. The Frenchman may not be best mates with Arsene right now, but his early success with NYCFC speaks for itself. Image Source: Twitter
A bloke who you wouldn't want to look at the wrong way, and someone who knows the system at Arsenal like the back of his hand. Take a chance, Keswick. Image Source: Twitter
Simeone would strike so much fear into the hearts of the Gunners, that they'd end up winning the treble for fear of him burning their houses down. Image Source: Twitter
Another potentially surprising choice given Dyche's loyalty to Burnley, but the former defender knows a cracking opportunity when he sees one. Image Source: Twitter
Manager of the next Leicester City a.k.a RB Leipzig. Image Source: Twitter
As far as under pressure gaffers go, Luis Enrique is right up there. It's a shame because he's actually a top level boss, he just needs the right job to sink his teeth into. Hint hint. Image Source: Twitter
Form fades. It may sound harsh, but the highly acclaimed Real Madrid boss is riding the longest wave of momentum in football history and eventually it'll come to a screeching halt. Following that, a quick dabble in English football seems like a natural progression. Image Source: Twitter
Monk falls into that special category of talented but underrated, much like Chris Hughton and Sean Dyche. The Leeds boss has turned the Yorkshire based club around and whilst Arsenal may be on a different level, you never know. Image Source: Twitter
"Hang on, that Italian fella took Leicester to the title - maybe he could do the same for us. May aswell, like". Image Source: Twitter
He's literally had an absolute tonne of big jobs and has succeeded more often than not, so it's worth a punt. Image Source: Twitter