This weekend’s football is off but I’m not sure it’s the right thing to do, especially when all other sport seems to be carrying on in one way or another. History tells us that the Queen didn’t stop working because of a bereavement, in fact she began her working life because of one. I get it, not everyone is a royalist and not everyone will feel the sense of loss that others might but what better way to pay tribute to a lady so much admired by so many, than with 2 minutes of remembrance before kick off. Silence or applause.
The PSV Eindhoven fixture on Thursday is set to go ahead. Then is Brentford away on the Sunday before the international break. Talking of which, Brazil head coach Tite has left Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhaes out of his squad for the fixtures against Ghana and Tunisia. “Snubbed” is how their omissions have been described but in all honesty, I think Tite has done Arsenal a favour. I’m sure all three will be at the World Cup later in the year. I bet EtH, Klopp and Conte wish their players were staying put during the break.
In other news, David Dein has written a book which the Daily Mail are serialising. Today’s little snippet about the way Arsenal sacked him, his admiration for Arsene Wenger and losing Ashley Cole to Chelsea because of an extra £5,000 a week salary which Arsenal wouldn’t pay him. Fifteen years have passed since Dein left and he still seems bitter and upset about it. I’m pretty sure a vast number of fans are too because after he left, the club lost its way and only now, after a number of poor decisions made by the club, does it feel like Arsenal are truly up and running properly again.
One bit I found interesting in todays article is this about Arsene Wenger:
He was a miracle worker, and they just let him go. He left in a similar way to me. I thought the club owed Arsene a duty of care, at least a discussion. We need a change but how do you want this to be done? Do you want to be involved? What can we do? Would you like a different role, would you prefer to exit elegantly? You must have dialogue. It didn’t happen in my case, didn’t happen in his. And that really hurt him. I would have done it differently. Look, you don’t find a brain like his every day of the week. He’s an Arsenal man, 22 years at the club. Wasn’t his knowledge worth cultivating? Look at where he is now? So he’s not good enough for Arsenal, but he is good enough to be head of global development for FIFA, in charge of 211 countries.
I thought Arsene Wenger did leave elegantly. He certainly wasn’t sacked on the spot and told to pack his bags. He bowed out at the end of a season with The Emirates faithful cheering him on. Should he have stayed in some kind of capacity? No, not in my opinion. Arsenal needed a fresh start, a new beginning. Mind you, several years later that new beginning was needed again and in 2019, it arrived. Edu and Mikel Arteta are doing now what David Dein and Arsene Wenger did back in their day. Then it was French, now it’s Brazilian. Lol
Seriously though, they do seem to have formed a strong working relationship, or at least that’s how it appeared in All Or Nothing. Finally, we appear to have a united group of players too which is why things on the pitch look so much better. That and a lot of quality players with the right work ethic.
I understand why people who’ve been in the limelight choose to write books about their career. It’s cathartic I’m sure but whilst David Dein wants to write about the past and what he would and wouldn’t have done had he not been sacked, as far as Arsenal goes, the future is certainly looking a lot brighter than it did on the day he left. A lot brighter.
See you in the comments.