That was some day yesterday and yet it had nothing directly to do with Arsenal. First, the announcement of the retirement of Ferguson at the end of the season; second, the fear they might appoint Maureen, followed by the relief that it’s probably going to be Moyes; and third, the draw at Stamford Bridge – leaving us in a great position to finish in the top-four and with a good possibility to even end up in third position. And now we are hearing Rooney has told his club he wants to leave…
I wonder what sort of vulgarities the little boy inside Van Judas is shouting at him right now hahaha! 🙂
A new manager, as we have witnessed at all other major PL clubs in recent years, means transition and with that comes the risk of not achieving the things that are expected. If it is indeed Moyes, which still needs to be confirmed officially as I am writing this post, I would actually have some respect for the Mancs. Moyes has proven to be a fine manager at Everton where he worked very much within his comfort zone, and performed well with a limited budget.
But, managing the Mancs, with the kind of expectations and pressures that come with that club, will be a totally different ball game.
Over the years, Moyes has had really good seasons, often followed by relatively poor ones. I guess they have kept Ferguson on as a Director in order to mentor his fellow Scotsman, and this could be good as well as bad for the latter. But I must say I am relieved they went for him and not Maureen or Klopp (if at all available). The thought of Maureen implementing his boring brand of defensive football and buying a decent DM, CB, and getting a proper, experienced keeper into the current Mancs team was not a pleasant one. So spirits were lifted when Moyes’ name came to the fore. Let’s hope it will be confirmed shortly.
The reality is the Mancs are, just like us, unable to compete with the Oilers in the long term – unless FFP really works, which is unlikely. In recent years, they had to led Ronaldo and Tevez go and were not able to add the sort of calibre players the Southern and Northern Oilers have been buying. Yes, they were able to entice Van Judas away from us, but that was the first decent buy they made in the last few years; the rest are roughly on a par to Wenger buys, in terms of reputation and price-tag. And although VJ is good, he is not of the same calibre as Ronaldo.
The main reason MU remained successful domestically – the decline in Europe has been in stark contrast – is the home fortress of Old Toilet and, of course, the unparalleled tactical and result-orientated management skills of Ferguson. The red-nosed Scotsman’s knows how to make a set of players really work like a team, both tactically as well as motivationally/psychologically, and for that, and of course his incredible collection of silverware, he deserves undiluted credit. Furthermore, his ability to adjust to new threats, mainly caused by our own manager as well as Maureen in the last fifteen+ years, has also been remarkable.
I have little doubt that MU without Ferguson, and Moyes at the helm, will be less dominant going forward, and that is simply great news for us.
So next season, out of the current top teams only Arsenal, and to some extent MC, will have a settled and experienced manager.
Arsenal have a great opportunity to push towards the top now and we all know what needs to be done to establish it.
Are we five days away from St. Totteringham’s Day?
Yesterday’s draw between the Spuds and Chavs was possibly the best outcome for us. It leaves us with two top-four spots to fight for, whereas had Chelsea won it would just have been one, realistically speaking. Crucially, it also keeps us ahead of the Spuds, albeit with just one point. Chavs, Spuds and Arsenal have similarly difficult fixtures left and the best thing to do for Arsene and his boys is to just concentrate on winning our own games, and let the supporters do the rest.
Until yesterday’s game we have been in the position of having played one or more games more than our London rivals for quite some time. But after the weekend, the roles will be reversed and let’s hope that both, or at least one of them, will have dropped points – against Villa away (Chavs) and Spuds away (Stoke) – by the time we’ll play the Latics at the Home of Football on Tuesday.
The day that the Spuds cannot mathematically overtake us anymore – St Totteringham’s Day – could be only five days away. For that we need them to lose against Stoke this Sunday. Even a draw should be enough as our goal difference is far superior. However, even if the Spuds do not win against Stoke, which we really should not count on, we will need to beat Wigan on Tuesday and that is absolutely not a given, no matter how they will do in this Saturday’s FA cup final.
But with a bit of luck we’ll be celebrating St. Totteringham’s Day over team GB in just five days time! And wouldn’t that be nice! 🙂
Come On You Rip Roaring Gunners!!!
Written by: TotalArsenal.