Yesterday’s stunning FA cup victory over Everton by Wigan is no doubt one of Roberto Martinez’s best achievement to date. I have always liked Martinez, and what is not to like about him: he is passionate about his football, he performs well with low budgets, let’s his teams play fine football, and is always a gentleman.
The 39 year old Spaniard – he was born in Balaguer – sometimes reminds me of the late Bobby Robson, who, for me, is the biggest gentleman football has ever known. I have no doubt that many Swansea supporters will disagree with me, and we should also not think Martinez is a softie, who wants to be friends with everyone: there is plenty of fire in his belly, which is a direct expression of the passion he has for the game.
This quote from Wiki made me smile: “On 26 September 2012, Martínez was charged by the FA for comments made after Wigan’s 4–0 loss to Manchester United on 15 September 2012. He accused match officials of favouring United at Old Trafford and said that Danny Welbeck should have been sent off.” Anybody who dares to speak out like that has my full respect.
When Wigan Gooner and I watched our away game in and against Wigan just before Christmas, we were both impressed with Wigan’s ability to outsmart and outfight us in midfield. Wigan did not deserve to lose on the day, and had their forwards been sharper they might have taken something from the game.
Martinez’s ability to survive the PL with Wigan during the last couple of season has also been impressive, especially during the 2011-2012 season; in which Wigan did not just survive but were also responsible for the start of the decline of the horrible Mancs, who as a result eventually handed the PL title to one of their bitterest rivals. 😛
I reckon Martinez would be a great successor to Arsene. However the step from Wigan to Arsenal in one go would most probably be too big for him. Martinez would need time to settle in, and in the process the team might have to go through a really bad spell; something that top clubs cannot really afford. He has had some bad spells with Wigan; for example losing eight games in succession during the 2011-2012 season. Something he would not be able to do at Arsenal, that’s for sure.
As a big believer in the Master-Pupil concept of developing employees, whether normal employees or footballers or managers, I reckon that if Martinez was to work under the wings of Wenger for one or two years, he could be readied to take over from Arsene in 2014 or 2015. He would be able to settle in properly and learn so much from Wenger, Bould and others in the process. And once he would be ready to take over from Arsene, he could become a great success at our club: he has all the qualities for it!
Written by: TotalArsenal.