Media outlets from different corners of the world often report different things on the same issues, and that is obviously the case when it comes to the vacant managerial position at Arsenal. So far we’ve seen claims that the club are very keen to go with Freddie Ljungberg, who has been appointed on a temporary basis, full time. Others say it’s Mikel Arteta who takes the club’s fancy. Massimiliano Alegri and Nuno Espirito Santo are also being mentioned in that aspect far and wide. So is Brendan Rodgers, but with the Northern Irishman insisting he has no reason to leave Leicester City (and we can well believe that), nobody seems to take that option seriously.
The past is the past in this crazy world we call football, and yet, looking back on the good old days still seems to be a favourite past-time of old school fans (and even some new ones). It’s as if some supporters are so unbelievably pessimistic about what’s going on in the here and now that they feel the need to regurgitate the success that their team experienced in years gone by. It’s a weird sensation, but hey, if it makes fans feel better then who are we to judge?
There are players that come and go at every single football club throughout the game, but there are some that legitimise themselves as legends along the way. One such player for Arsenal is Patrick Vieira, who is considered to be one of the greatest midfielders that the club has ever had. The Frenchman did some great things throughout his time at Highbury and was quickly able to establish himself as a fan favourite, and that’s no understatement.
Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira has made a strong start to his Arsenal career and is fast becoming a favourite amongst the fans. The midfielder’s enthusiasm and tenacious approach have caught the eye in his appearances for the Gunners since his summer switch from Sampdoria.
Flattered by comparisons to Arsenal great
In fact, his performances have seen some fans compare the South American to Arsenal great Patrick Vieira. Talking about the comparison, Torreira told Sky Sports: “If the fans are comparing me and my game to Patrick Vieira, that’s amazing. It makes me very proud but I need to grow a bit before I can be as tall as him!”
Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has become the head coach of Ligue One side Nice. The former Gunners star had previously spent two and a half years as head coach of MLS franchise New York City FC. Vieira’s contract in the Big Apple was due to expire in November, so he has made the move back to Europe.
Received a phone call from Arsenal
Vieira reportedly received a phone call from Arsenal to tell him that he was not set to replace outgoing Gunners Arsene Wenger this summer, with Unai Emery replacing the veteran French boss instead. The Frenchman is believed to have been disappointed at the so-called ‘token gesture’.
We weren’t planning on putting together another piece today, but we felt as if it was required given the scale of what we’re about to talk about. As reported by The Express, former Arsenal forward and club legend Thierry Henry has emerged as a shock contender to potentially become the new manager at the Emirates. This comes after a great deal of speculation that Mikel Arteta could be in line to replace Arsene Wenger, as this seemingly never-ending saga continues.
With veteran boss Arsene Wenger managing the team for the last time later today at Huddersfield, there is a sense of a major chapter ending and a potentially new exciting beginning.
Nobody yet knows who the new Gunners will be this summer. However, that makes for some interesting times ahead for Arsenal fans.
Managerial rookies with Arsenal backgrounds
Two of the names doing the rounds in relation to Arsenal are Manchester City assistant boss Mikel Arteta and New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira. Both players captained the team at various stages of their careers.
A lot of people have been throwing around some ideas regarding who should take over from Arsene Wenger as Arsenal’s next manager. A handful of suggestions have been plausible, whereas some others have been a little bit ridiculous – and as reported by Sky Sports, Arsenal legend Robert Pires has a suggestion that we believe falls into the latter category.
“We talk about Allegri, Ancelotti, Luis Enrique… My two friends Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta too. I don’t know who the next manager is for Arsenal but they need to find the right philosophy.
Arsenal were defeated by Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday evening by 3-1 with young Konstantinos Mavropanos was sent off in the 15th minute, and although the result means absolutely nothing point-wise, it would have been nice if it could have ended otherwise.
This was the game before last with Arsene Wenger in charge of the team, and the players will have a chance of sending the long-enduring manager off with a better result when they meet Huddersfield on Sunday. David Wagner’s men endured a strong test at Stamford Bridge in midweek. They got away with a single point that guarantees their Premier League survival, all but ending Chelsea’s hopes of a top-four finish. Arsenal can be backed at 8/13 to win Wenger’s last game in charge.
As Arsenal’s search for a new manager continues, the Telegraph are now reporting that the club are interested in finding a cheaper, younger option with a more modern style of coaching.
The transfer budget, not counting sales income, for the new man in the post this summer would be £50 million as the ability to get the best out of the players already here and to promote youthful talent will be a key feature of whoever is appointed.