Wigan’s Roberto Martinez would make a fine assistant to Arsene Wenger

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!

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70 Responses to Wigan’s Roberto Martinez would make a fine assistant to Arsene Wenger

  1. oz gunner says:

    I beg to differ RA. VCC has always made me feel alienated and upset. I think he’s as corrupt as they come, and has taken brown paper bags full of money in exchange for UMF points (see PPP). I have the pictures to prove that VCC has had his hand in the cookie jar so to speak!

    The smirk on his flexible face is what irks me the most!

    I’ve got my eye on you VCC, I’m bringing the walls down!!!

  2. oz gunner says:

    Now back to the post, cheers TA. You lot are keeping me sane during this break

  3. 1tourettesgooner says:

    Bollox, yet again I have put my comment on and then there“s a new post, have you the technology to just make it appear on this post or have I got to spend ages one finger typing ?, you swine !. hahaha

  4. VCC says:

    Total, please see emails. Would you be so kind as to submit two entries for PPP and Alex as an independent party. Many thanks

  5. VCC says:

    Red Arse, thank you for your kind words, I really appreciated them.

    Oz 10:01…..S— , I’ve been rumbled. 🙂

    GLiC, “I Love you too” 😉 XXX

    Now lets get on with the article.

  6. VCC says:

    I like this one Total.

    I’ve always admired Roberto Martinez. He comes across as a fine Gentleman, Manager and Speaker, who sure knows his football.

    Along with Dave Whelan, they make a good pairing.

    Having watched the whole game yesterday I have to admire Kone’s performance as a lone striker. He performed his duties admirably. Holding the ball up superbly and his link up play was impeccable.

    Although it was a one off, as it was the first time I have seen him play, I liked the look of Alcaraz at the back as well. I’m going to keep an eye on him and report back to Arsene in the summer.

    Before I go I must just say a Big UP for Queens Park Rangers for outplaying Sunderland yesterday. Whoopp Whoopp to Arry.

    If you get the time, have a look at the second and third QPR goals, this is what we should be doing more often.

    Appy…Appy….Muvverz day……Muvverz. On that subject, it would be nice to get some Ladiesssss on here. Perhaps Terry can work the oracle 😉

  7. Wigangooner says:

    Hi Total, everyone else 🙂

    One of the best things about Martinez is that he is actually incredibly tactically astute. He sets his teams up very well. Just look at the Everton game yesterday. He set up as a fluid 3-4-3 with the spiky, dynamic Maloney and the inform Arouna Kone alongside Evertonian McManaman.

    Behind them, the awful Beausejour (fattest, worst footballer stealing a living in the Premier League),the at times excellent Jordi Gomez, excellent prospect McArthy and The veteran Emmerson Boyce. This line up allowed Maloney and McManaman to drop back into midfield, flood it and denied Everton any space at all. Fellaini was completely ineffectual because he had no space, service or time. He got petulant and frustrated and got hauled off because of it.

    Martinez did what so many teams have struggled to do, completely nullified Moyes’s game plan. Three goals in three minutes and killed the game.

    Special mention to Antolin Alcaraz whose return will spark Wigan’s charge to safety once again. Wigan might only play from March to April, but they will take a few scalps in the process.

    WG

  8. alexgunners says:

    VCC,

    Sorry, I have been so busy and have not submitted the entry for the UMF,
    If possible here are my 2 predictions

    Blackburn
    Manure

    Thanks

  9. TotalArsenal says:

    No worries Alex. At the request of VCC, my daughter is helping me as we speak to make two sets of selections for you and PPP. 🙂

  10. alexgunners says:

    TA,

    Martinez would be a great ‘apprentice’ under Wenger. He makes his teams fight and despite their usual position on the ladder. His teams under perform most of the season but he works with a minute budget compares to ours and yet when we face them, we always have to work for the points.

    He needs to be given an opportunity with a bigger team and a bigger budget. He may make things happen for us. With tutelage under AW, he would learn how we operate as a club and ease into the role. Whether he would be successful or not stands to be seen but I would prefer someone like him coming in and taking over rather than someone else. Unless Bergkamp himself comes back. FINGERS CROSSED

  11. alexgunners says:

    Thanks TA

  12. Red Arse says:

    Hi TA; 🙂

    I think Martinez will eventually make a very good manager.

    I like him and his style, but I am not too sure he will get a chance at Arsenal because of his relative inexperience.

    On the other hand, if he did become the next Arsenal manager I would not be unhappy. 🙂

  13. Red Arse says:

    Oz, you naughty boy, I told you to keep my secret thoughts on VCC to yourself.

    I wrote my earlier comment before I saw he had given me zero/null/nothing for my predictions — changed my mind!! 🙂

  14. TotalArsenal says:

    Ok VCC, here are the draws for PPP and Alex’s predictions for this weekend:

    PPP:
    Millwall v Blackburn: away
    West Brom v Swansea: home
    QPR v Sunderland: away
    Reading v Aston Villa: draw
    Liverpool v Spuds: draw

    Alex:
    Man City v Barnsley: home
    West Brom v Swansea: home
    Everton v Wigan: draw
    Reading v Aston Villa: away
    Newcastle v Stoke: away

    My daughter pulled the fixtures out of a hat, followed by the three possible outcomes (home, away or draw). It could not have been more objective/fair. Let’s hope from now on that full trust in VCC’s objectivity and fairness is observed by all of us. 🙂

  15. alexgunners says:

    TA,

    Thanks once again and I might ask you to get your daughter to predict from now on.
    How has everything been anyway? It has been a while since i even switched on my laptop but i guess that with 10 days between games not much has happened and The Arsenal have probably already signed or are close to signing at least 10 players according to the media.

  16. VCC says:

    cheers total, and thank your Daughter, tell her she is a clever Girl. That’s what I have done in the past a couple of times for guys who have been late or otherwise busy. We all have a life outside Arsenal and the UMF 1 (except me, cos I’m a loon. I live and breath Arsenal, haha )

    Unfortunately I cannot give odds for these two predictions, for obvious reasons.

  17. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Glic,

    As requested. here is your previous comment again:

    appy Ugly Muvverz Day, Ugly Muvver F**kerz !
    Indeed Redders, I have met Vicky and he is probably the nicest Transvestite I have had the pleasure with, we had a Man hug .
    Hope all is fine now and Herb, I dont know your personel circumstances, but they are are a fine bunch on here who will listen and help if there are any problems. Alas I`m not one of them….” A friend in need , is a….pest ! ” hahaha …….just kidding ! hahaha
    Thank you for the fine posts Totes….hows the takeover going ?.
    Two pieces of news caught my attention over the last couple of days. Has the world gone mad !, some chap arrested for chucking a banana at a chimp !. What next ?…I`ll be arrested for giving my dog a boner….I mean bone or feeding birds my nuts !…crazy.
    Did anyone see that picture of the guy with a scewdriver implanted in his head which was removed by Polish doctors !. Now if you have a screw loose, dont try and tighten it yourself with a screw driver !, do what any normal person would do, get your psychiatrist to do it….f**king nutters……..personally I use Scewfix .com…I do like a trade discount !. hahaha

  18. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Alex, yes you had the lucky draw: five points in the bag already! Although a Stoke away win is quite unlikely! 🙂

    Things have been a bit quiet this week, as you would have expected.

    Although I loathe the Chavs as much as anybody, still hope they get a result at the Mancs today. Would love to see Van Judas’ face when they get knocked out of two competitions in four days. Won’t happen though, unfortunately! 😦

  19. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi VCC, yes Kone had a good game for Wigan. I know him a bit as he played for my boyhood team Roda for a couple of years, scoring a goal in every two games, or there about. However, against Arsenal, just before Christmas, he was quite ineffectual.

  20. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Wigan, great comment and all agreed. 🙂

    You and VCC seem to agree on Alcarez and I will keep an eye on him as well from now on.

  21. TotalArsenal says:

    BTW, Wigan, how is life treating you?

  22. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Oz, great image hahaha 🙂

    Alex, a combination of Dennis and Martinez, after both having worked with Arsene for a couple of years, might be a very strong one. Martinez can do the international travel whilst Dennis stays at home…. 🙂

  23. alexgunners says:

    TA,
    Great call, Dennis as we all know does not travel well. Perhaps thats the way we should go.
    Martinez/Bergkamp and Henry as our attacking coach.
    No harm in dreaming a little

  24. TotalArsenal says:

    That sounds like an implementable dream to me, Alex!! 🙂

  25. glic says:

    Thanks Edamesque, your holly cheese one !. 🙂

    I haven`t a scooby whether Martinez will be a good manager for The Arsenal, or any other manager to tell the truth. If you were to choose a manager just for their tactical or genius of a footballing brain, then DB10 would win hands down everytime, but would he have been able to do what AW has done of the field all these years ?. Who knows ?.
    The best players dont always make the best managers, fact !. If I could make a canidate from someone who we hated in the past , but talks some stonking sense, then Gary Neville would be in the frame !. I`m finding it hard not to like the fellow !.
    AW (whatever the seasons league outcome ) will finally get to spend some decent dosh in the summer after running a tight ship since the stadium move and boy does he deserve it, but imo this will be his last chance to win the doubters over, failure to address the obvious problems will make it an untenable situation and I think will lead to the inevitable divorce !.
    There are some fine canidates out there and one thing is for sure , every single one of them will benefit from AW`s unselfish hardwork of making the solid future foundations. A bit like my son`s Love Shack, people will love it , but not think of all the hard blood, sweat and tears preparation work.

  26. Milo says:

    It all depends on how Arsene leaves the club, I guess. If he leaves in a hurry, there won’t be any time for him to tutor a younger manager. I think he will sign another contract, but it won’t be for more than two years, and maybe next season, or the season after, we will bring someone in who might be the full-time manager after Arsene leaves…I don’t know…Do any of you think that someone from within the club could do the job??? I don’t believe that is the case, but maybe Bould will get a shot??? I don’t think he will though. I’m not sure if he’d be good or not to be honest. He worked VERY well with the youth squads though. I wish Bergkamp would return, but I don’t think that will happen, on a full-time basis. I hope I am wrong though 😀

  27. Rohan says:

    Can’t really see martinez coming to our club to be an assistant. When wenger leaves though, I’m happy to have him here. Laudrup would be my preference but quite unlikely….IMO style is one of the most important factors to consider when bringing in a new manager.

  28. Milo says:

    Laudrup and Bergkamp were both great players, and Laudrup as well as Cruyff and Guardiola have proven that great players can become good-to-great managers. I would take Laudrup any day!!! 😀 Like Rohan said though, he just signed a new contract, and unless we can show or prove to him that we have the ambition of Real Madrid, he won’t come once he’s finished at Swansea.

    I actually COULD see Martinez coming here to be an assistant, if he is assured that he will take over the reigns, full time, once Arsene Wenger retires, or moves to another club or football association.

  29. Rohan says:

    Milo, some people seem to suggest that Bergkamp will be rejoining our club via the youth setup…In line to become manager when wenger leaves. However, that is mostly speculation too. I totally agree that he would be great to have back. Teaching through Ajax – who have very high quality coaches- bergkamp still impressed enough to become assistant manager. As ajax are renowned for playing a similar type of football to ours, i cannot see how it wouldn’t be beneficial to have him at our club in some form.

  30. Milo says:

    Oh yeah, for sure!!! 😀 I wouldn’t dispute that at all 😀 My hero running the club, or helping to run the club??? 🙂 Sounds good to me!!! 😀

  31. TotalArsenal says:

    Hahaha Glic, your son will get the full benefits while you have to make do with your shrinking memories 😛

  32. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Milo,

    Hard to tell what will happen with Bergkamp. He will either become nr1 at Ajax or nr2 at Arsenal sooner or later. Or he will manage another Dutch team first….

    Like you, and everybody else, I would love him to join us during the summer. Now that would be a home coming!! 🙂

  33. Gerry says:

    VCC – I was trying to think of a simpler way of drawing selections for people, but now I think about it, it probably isn’t? See what you think?

    On the BBC website, Football page ‘Lawro’ puts up his predictions, usually on Thursday.

    You then need a bin with an equal number of tickets marked as follows; 0; +1; +2.

    To draw the matches you start at the top of Lawro’s list and draw out one of the above tickets. Therefore a ‘0’ would mean the first match, etc.
    For the second match you start from the next match down, to avoid repetition if zero is drawn again. If before you have 5 sels, and have gone back to the beginning, then previously selected teams are voided.

    For the results, you simply pick 5 more tickets from the same bin, only this time around the ‘0’ means the same as Lawro’s selection, ‘ +1’ or ‘+2’ would mean from whatever Lawro selected you move on by that number, in the order H-D-A-H-D-A. So ‘+2’ from a Lawro ‘Draw’ would be an H.

    You would only need the one bin of tickets picking teams and result, and Lawro’s selections.

    Does that help? … Nah! I thought not …

  34. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Rohan

    The thing is, Martinez is only 39 and if I was him I would ask Arsene to have me as an assistant. I would probably do it for free, or a basic salary, for a couple of years, as it would pay for him eventually.

    Laudrup is a good call too, but it is still too early for me to judge him; especially in terms of his performance at Swansea. Both Martinez and Rodgers have done some good work there over the last few years, and let’s see what will happen with Swansea next season. The early signs are very good though.

  35. Dylan says:

    I’ve always thought Martinez would be the one to replace Wenger. Maybe bring him on as assistant next year for Wenger’s last year then transition to him being full manager?

  36. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Gerry, always good to see fellow bloggers thinking practically and I am sure VCC will also appreciate it. 🙂

    Hi Dylan 🙂

  37. Gerry says:

    On the Dennis thing, I got the distinct impression from his recent interview, that whilst he would consider coming back to Arsenal, ‘….but not right now’. was his way of deflecting future speculation about him pushing Arsene out of the door?

    The moment that Arsene decides he is relinquishing the manager’s job, whether that be after 2014, and if it is still in his power to decide, I think that is when, and only then, Dennis will throw his hat into the ring, so to speak?

    The idea of somebody else joining him as the ‘away coach’ does have its attractions too. I would suggest Pires as one possibility, but I have no idea what his future plans are. Henry is a much more plausible candidate, as he is keen to come back. He is also good with the media, which might mean we get better press?

    I see somebody else has pointed the finger at the culprit for the £1.5bn take over hoax … any guesses?

  38. TotalArsenal says:

    Tells us Gerry! 🙂

  39. Gerry says:

    Well the story avoided any possible libel actions, by saying we should look a little closer to home?

    Whereas, I recall saying it had all the signs of a Usmanov disrupt, when it first broke.

    Do you think we are talking about the same person?

  40. TotalArsenal says:

    That would not surprise me either, Gerry!

  41. VCC says:

    Hi Gerry. ..I’m always heartened with suggestions how to improve the UMF 1 . It shows guys are still finding it stimulating and enjoying the fun. Thanks for your input.

    I was thinking about throwing it open to all comers at the end of the season and asking for ways to improve/sustain, a toy that most/all seem to enjoy.

    As Total demonstrated today, I use the same formula. Place in a hat all fixtures, then draw one at a time, followed by corresponding home, away and draw balls.

    We have used the system of a volunteer “nominee” who picks a second five selections for the missing party. This imo has flaws. These being, if you have more than one absentee (like this week) you have to acquire two “nominees”.

    I sincerely hope we carry this into the next season, with all current members, together with more enthusiastic players, if possible.

    There is one element I personally would like to introduce. This being a cut off time of Friday evening, the night before the week end fixtures for ALL selections to be entered. If every member knows this stipulation, it should be easily achieved. This would enable me to enter every ones picks and publish a run through of odds/homes/aways/draws etc.

    In the main, I think for a first season it has been successful. We have tweaked the rules occasionally, to suit individual preferences as we have gone along. Hopefully to everybodys satisfaction.

    In conclusion,if we have enough members next season, perhaps we can all submit a set of rules that suit everybody. After all, its everybody’s toy. Were all on the bus together, I’m merely the driver.

  42. afc says:

    There is a few things as to why something like this would never happen. First of all Wenger hardly trusts anyone and will only let people who he has known for years and have been at the club for years have such an important role I.e. Bould. Secondly why would someone like Martinez come to Arsenal to just be the assistant manager. He surely would want to be the manager. According to reports he is always linked to the top jobs. Thirdly having someone at the club who is a manager like Martinez would not benefit the club as Wenger makes all of the important decisions and the assistant manager at Arsenal is seen as someone who supports Wenger and deals with the coaching aspects as opposed to the other managerial aspects. I expect to see an ex player ii.e. Berkamp or Henry eventually become assistant manager. These are people who are close to Wenger and who he trusts.

  43. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers AFC, you might well be right. 🙂

    The idea was for Martinez to come in as an Assistant Manager; learning from the Master and getting settled in. Agreed it is unlikely to happen but it would make sense. I am not sure whether Arsene would per se go for somebody he knows for a long time, but again you could well be right.

  44. VCC says:

    Martinez in as understudy to Wenger.

    And I think GLiC’s call for Neville as back up is a good shout as well.

  45. VCC says:

    Off out for a meal tonight so UMF 1 update now, with finished scores to come tomorrow.

    Total……..8
    HH………..5……..(1)
    TMHT……5………(2)
    Henry……4………(3)
    Herb …….4………(1)
    Oz………..4………(1)
    Alex………4………(1)
    VCC……..4……….(1)
    GLiC……..2………(1)
    Gerry…….2………(1)
    Rocky……1………(2)
    PPP………1………(1)
    Red Arse 0……..(2)

    Have a good evening all.

  46. Highbury Harmony says:

    Spuds lose! Spuds lose!

  47. Highbury Harmony says:

    Total,

    Very interesting concept and I’d have to agree with you that Martinez is a fine gentleman and an intriguing option to eventually replace Wenger. The only question is whether or not he’d want to leave his post as the manager of a PL club to “maybe” one day take over Arsenal. In one or two years, it’s also possible that Arsenal find a more suitable replacement.

    I’m sure others will question Martinez’s resume and whether or not he could take over at a top flub, but if top clubs only recycle through the top managers, younger ones would never get the opportunity until the established managers retired. Martinez has Wigan surviving without sacrificing their elegant style, but we also must keep in mind that his side are capable of conceding a plethora of goals on their day too. Now does that come down to poor tactics/managing or the quality of players he’s left to work with?

  48. Rohan says:

    I’m a fan of martinez -and see him as a manager of great potential – but you must also question where he has taken wigan since he joined them – they are still fighting relegation. If you’re not going forward you may as well be going backwards – especially if he joins a club like arsenal. In that sense there are probably other managers that we should look at. Looking at manager who have shown they can make progress at clubs we could look at – Rodgers, Klopp ,Simeone and (as i have already mentioned) Laudrup. Rodgers worked wonders at Swansea, Klopp won the german league on a budget dwarved by Bayern. Simeone is successfully competing with the big boys in La Liga, and Laudrup needs no introduction. Obviously if you’re looking at promoting from within the club or bringing back a club legend it is different, but unfortunately Martinez falls in none of those categories yet.

  49. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi HH 🙂

    Agreed, he would only leave with the guarantee that he will become nr1 within one or two years.

    I don’t think Martinez is occasionally poor tactically, but it seems to take him time to get his team to play his way, and he also does not always get it right / has access to quality players. Yesterday, he showed his skill by not only outsmarting Everton in the first half, but also keep his team performing in the second half, and never allowing the Toffees back into the game: and that at Goodison park against one of the most inform teams of the season!! Very impressive. Agreed though that he seems to lack consistency and is also prone to bad seasonal starts…. 😕

  50. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Rohan, good point about making progress or lack of it.

    I reckon the quality in the PL has on average gone up in recent years, although it has come down at the top a bit. Managers like Hughes, O’Neill and Allardyce used to find it a lot easier to perform satisfactory with their teams but not more so now. It surprised me quite a bit that Owen Coyle did not survive with Bolton last season, and it tells me that the average quality in the PL has improved.

    In this light, I reckon Martinez has actually made progress with Wigan. It is only a relatively small club with limited home support and therefore finances, and in that respect he has worked wonders for them.

    I do agree it would be a big step for Arsenal to make him Arsene’s successor, but it could work if he would join as an Assistant Manager first.

    All the alternative managers you mention, could work for us.

    If it was up to me I would get Louis van Gaal and Bergkamp as his assistant, with strict orders that only Bergkamp will speak to the press. We would win the CL in no time under these gentlemen’s wings. But I don’t think it will ever happen.

  51. Milo says:

    I’m asking this because I really don’t know…what do you think of Van Gaal as a person??? Do you think he would have the club’s best interests in mind and heart, or do you think he is more worried about his own legacy??? I don’t know…he seems like a very complicated and polarizing figure within football…Like Arsene I guess!!! 😀

  52. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Vickers, thanks for the update matey. Total on top looks lovely! hehehe 😛

    Today’s Spuds’ loss is great news for us and it was also good to see the Mancs struggling today. The Chavs should have finished them off, but somehow did not do so. Am getting really excited now about our game on Wednesday! 🙂

  53. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Milo

    He would be fully focussed on Arsenal and would want to join us long term rather than short term. He calls himself a process manager, as he believes it takes time to get a team to understand and execute to perfection his version of totaal voetbal. However, he is indeed a complex character and causes a lot irritation around him, especially with the press. But he would and ideal fit in terms of Arsene’s philosophy of football, experience and ability to move us to the next level (he also does not need mega-millions to do so…).

  54. Milo says:

    Yeah…I was impressed when he was with Bayern. I mean, he wanted rid of Robben and Ribery, and anyone who wants rid of those two selfish idiots is alright in my books!!! 😀

  55. TotalArsenal says:

    That is it Milo: he rather has players who can adjust and play in his system than individualist superstars. System is king with him.

  56. VCC says:

    Hi Total. 20:55.

    Its weird how seeing other teams results going tits up gets us excited.

    I’m looking forward to see how we perform on Wednesday. I don’t see us qualifying, but here’s to us putting on a good show.

  57. Milo says:

    Yeah, and the fact that there were younger players like Muller and Kroos waiting to come in and play. And even YOUNGER ones now!!! Heynckes has managed to remain sane with those two still in the squad though…You are right, it’s just a different approach to player management.

  58. TotalArsenal says:

    Agreed Vickers.

    There is not more than 10% chance that we’ll qualify, but there is nevertheless a chance, and it is worth fighting for. A couple of early goals would do wonders, and Arsenal have had big away wins at top European teams before.

    I am hoping for a spirited, all-out peformance on Wednesday and for the boys to do us proud. The result is secondary.

  59. TotalArsenal says:

    That’s right Milo, Heynckes is more diplomatic.

    Van Gaal has a great eye for talent and can develop them really quick. He won the CL in 1995 with Ajax with youngsters like Davids, Seedorf and Kluivert, etc.

  60. Milo says:

    Yes, that is true. I didn’t actually watch it, but I’ve seen tapes of the final. Ajax are my guilty pleasure, because of Dennis Bergkamp, and all the top young players they develop!!! 😀 I don’t watch many of their matches because I can’t get it on my television but I follow their results. It’s a VERY close race this year!!! :S hahahahahaha, I want Ajax to win!!! 😀

  61. TotalArsenal says:

    As you might expect I follow the Dutch league too, although I don’t get to see a lot of the footie live. My boyhood team are Roda, who are once again struggling this season (we used to be top-six team every season).

    I have always liked Ajax but not in a supporting way: just like to watch them. However, Feyenoord wear my second favourite shirt in the world, after the mighty Arse of course!

    It is tight this season and the Dutch league has had a number of winners over the last few seasons, which is really good – unlike the superboring Spanish league (in terms of who is going to win it…).

  62. Milo says:

    If there was one player from Feyenoord that you would like to see play for Arsenal, who would it be??? I’ve always liked Jordy Clasie, but I’m sure there are a few others. We are pretty stacked in midfield so I can’t see him coming, but I know they have a couple of young defenders worth keeping an eye on.

  63. Milo says:

    Stefan de Vrij, is one of those I know…I’ve hardly seen him play though, so I could not make a good enough evaluation of his talent.

  64. TotalArsenal says:

    I have not seen enough of them recently to make a good call. Clasie is the up and coming talent and it seems that Van Gaal selecting him for international duty has given him real wings now. Pelle the Italian striker is also doing really well there.

  65. TotalArsenal says:

    I started Bergkampesque in September and have had less time to watch other leagues including my home country’s one.

  66. Milo says:

    Really, Bergkampesque is that new??? I thought it had been around for a few years!!! Wow…that’s cool…what an good idea that was!!! 😀

  67. TotalArsenal says:

    Cheers Milo 🙂

    I used to write on a weekly basis for Arsenal Arsenal: (see blogrole: worth a visit) before starting up Bergkampesque, so had gathered some ideas of what could work as a new blog.

  68. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    good evening

    Cant see the Martinez thing ever happening TA. Football just dosnt work like that.

    Essentaly, football clubs need s strong manager, if you like a benovelant dictator. Some one like captain kirk as opposed to stalin. hahaha.

    I the future who knows. When Arsene steps aside everyone will want his job. The manager of Arsenal is probably the most prestigious job in world football.

  69. TotalArsenal says:

    Hi Terry, weirder things have happened my pigeon loving friend! 😛

  70. TotalArsenal says:

    New Post New Post.

    A maiden BK post; a true tour de force, by Admir! 🙂

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