Arteta, Lampard and Ole

Three young coaches that had the chance to play in the EPL relatively recently and under some of the best coaches…They were all given a chance as head coach this year in the EPL and here are some concluding remarks:

1. These young coaches seem to have a knack for man and team management;

2. These young coaches are not afraid of bold choices, of calling a cat a cat and in calling out the pundits whenever they can

3. They all have pretty clear game plans:- Arteta is keen on high intensity and pressing game and very much about managing spaces. – Lampard and Ole are more on the side of quick transition game as well as on stretching teams out wide so a lot of crosses going in the box and a very active role from the full backs.

4. Lampard and Ole reached Top 4. Arteta did not.

5. Lampard has really put his trust in young players this season and was rewarded.

6. Ole was able to rely on his experienced players and the eclosion of Greenwood and confirmation of Bissaka.

7. Lampard and Ole are backed by strong financial commitments from their owners and Lampard has already made some astute acquistion for next year. What about Arteta? WIll he get financial backing?

In any case – I am annoyed we finished behind Tottenham, Chelsea and Man Utd. Cannot have any complaints about LFC, Man City nor Watford. I feel sorry for Rodgers – it seems he never gets his team to finish the job…

I feel like Arteta is building his blueprint for AFC success:

1. The non-negotiables: commitment, working for the team and club success

2. Fair and performance-based squad selection

3. Growing some young players into our starting XI (Saka, Martinelli…)

I did not like Ole as a player – with RVN and Roy Keane, they really annoyed me as Man Utd players. I always liked Lampard’s game but could not stand that he played for Chelsea. However, we have to admit they did a good job and we also have to admit that Arteta has brought belief and stimulus to our team – he ll definitely need to work on game management and keeping victories (we dropped too many points from a winning position under him). Most importantly, I hope that the owners will give him the necessary means to compete next year so that he can finish in the Top 4. LFC, Man City, Utd, Chelsea, Tottenham and Everton will all inject serious cash to strengthen their squad.

Given our needs, we need to inject more to catch up…One of the major key to Arteta’s success is the financial backing and I hope that the owners will live up to their promises to Arteta otherwise, he is the type of coach that will leave at the end of next year if he does not feel supported and he will have plenty of suitors within and outside the EPL.

Come on Arteta! COYG!



27 Responses to Arteta, Lampard and Ole

  1. Thank you RC78 for the post.

    Clearly Mikel needs to help our team know how to see out a game without ‘squeaky bum time’ We are top of the league in the number of points dropped from winning positions …….. that’s pretty disgraceful 😦

    I hope he has a better plan for the FA Cup Final. COYG

  2. Pete the Thirst says:

    I think Arteta needs to be given time. He has inherited an unbalanced side with some unusual executive driven purchases landing on his plate.

    Lampard has had a whole season to bed in. Ole longer.

    Ole is basically a counter-attacking coach. Lampard has shown more willingness to attack.

    Arteta looks like he has a clear plan, but some of the players, particularly in defence and midfield, just aren’t good enough to execute it.

  3. oz gunner says:

    We may not need an injection of cash tbh.

    We could quite easily see luiz jnr, torreira, ozil, Socrates, AMN, kola, and one of laca or auba.

    Luiz jnr and torreira shoul net some decent coin. The mustafi situation is frustrating because that’s chambers, mustafi and mari that could be out for the start of next season. That’d still leave us with 3 CBs but less than ideal.

    Arteta def deserves time. Lampard will be gone in 2 years.

  4. Hi oz, I’m embarrassed to say that I can’t find the post you sent ……. I know, very poor management, can you send it again please. Thanks

  5. oz gunner says:

    no problem at all peaches.

  6. RC78 says:

    @Oz –
    1. Lampard leaving after 3 years at Chelsea will be already an achievement given the club’s propensity to get rid of coaches…
    2. Even if we get some cash from sales, we d need some cash injection…
    3. I think Arteta has no choice but to buy another CB

    1. Agree with you that Arteta needs time
    2. Also agree with you that some players need to be transferred as they do not fit or buy into the Arteta’s game plan and philosophy

    1. Apparently, Barcelona offered Rakitic and Vidal to us for…Guendouzi. Why would we refuse? I d be happier with Vidal and Firpo but I d take Rakitic and Vidal any day in our squad.
    2. COYG!

  7. RC78 says:

    Ceba will extend his loan for a further year.

  8. fred1266 says:

    Mustafi injured

  9. RC78 says:

    Until end of October….

  10. RockyLives says:

    Excellent Post RC

    Ole looked like he was for the chop earlier in the season but has managed to pull things around. He doesn’t convince me, though, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see ManUre struggle next season.

    Lamps has been impressive. With lots of financial backing he could well continue to do well, but whether he can ever make the leap to being a title winner… who knows?

    The one difference I see with Arteta compared with the other two is his intensity. Maybe I’m biased, but there just seems to be something about him, a sort of steely focus. I can imagine the players being slightly scared of him, which is a good thing after late period Wenger (too soft) and Emery (not taken seriously by the players).

    Time will tell, and Mikel clearly will have fewer resources to work with than Ole or Lamps, but out of the three of them I’m glad we have the one we’ve got.

  11. RC78 says:

    Hi Rocky – I am also happy we have Arteta rather than Ole and Lamps.

    I would love to see more former Arsenal players join the club in the coaching and/or management staff like Lehmann, Sol Campbell, Adams, Vieira, Overmars, Bergkamp, Henry, Wright…

  12. RockyLives says:

    Or put some of them on the Board, like Bayern Munich do.

    Dennis on the Board? I’d be up for that. He knows football and he is very much his own man who would have no problem voicing opinions that might be unpopular with the powers-that-be.

  13. RA says:

    I liked your Post. RC, thank you, and sorry for being late responding.

  14. RA says:

    Hi Rocky-Doodle

    I liked your “ex-players on the Board” idea, although it will never happen in my opinion, unfortunately.

    The Bundesliga have a pretty unique “50+1” rule that means that registered football fans, as their club’s fans are referred to, or members, always always hold the majority of each club’s voting rights, which prevents any external entities such as Russian oligarchs, or foreign states, from acquiring a majority stake.

    For a Bundesliga club to obtain a license to compete in the Bundesliga, The club’s supporters must retain overall control, by owning 50% of the club’s overall shares +1 extra share which protects their clubs from external investors dictating how the club is run.

    I used to bang on about this being a great idea once Abramovich got his hooks into Chelsea, and set off the greedy acquisition of English clubs in the Premier, in particular.

    Obviously I was wasting my time, as it comes up against very powerful interests.

  15. RC78 says:

    The Bundesliga is quite unique in this sense. I really like their model. The French League now is also becoming a major: playground for rich people/companies/states:
    – PSG belongs to QSI
    – Bordeaux, Marseille and Nice belong to American investors and Marseille is now the subject of new purchase offers
    – Toulouse and Saint-Etienne are also being targeted by foreign investors and Lille will most likely be sold in two years time too
    – Lyon is already in the stock exchange
    – Rennes belongs to a mega-rich family while Monaco is owned by a Russian oligarch and backed by the crown so…

    I am all for former players to join our board 🙂

  16. fred1266 says:

    Can’t remember who it was think it was chas , he said arsenal now is basically a cup team and am now agree with him we have been in a lot of cup finals in the last few years

    To be fair I actually don’t mind use being a cup team for the foreseeable future still think winning a trophy way better than top four which is extremely hard to get in right now

  17. LB says:

    I can only assume that the tumble weed rolling over the site is due to the thought that few of us expect to win tomorrow, I don’t, but like all I will be watching and trying to contain the tiny shred of hope in the corner of my mind telling me that it is a final and unusual things happen. I say trying to contain as I feel that the higher I raise my hopes the harder it is to fall. We shall see.

    On a separate note: I notice that there seems to be a growing noise that Willian is likely to come to THOF next season, can someone tell me where he plays, for example we pretty much know the team for tomorrow, where would he hypothetically play for us and instead of who?

  18. jjgsol says:

    One very important difference was missed.

    Ole and Lampard started at the beginning of the season, whilst Arteta took over halfway through, when the team was on a downward spiral after their confidence and ability were damaged by Emery.

    He had half a season and initially needed to stop the rot, so there is really no comparison.

    Ole also has the refs behind him, hence the ridiculous number of penalties.

    I do not expect anything from tomorrow’s game, especially if he plays as he has done recently, by bus parking and relying on counterattacks.

    I know that was how we beat Manure all those years ago, but, then we had to play without a striker.

    What I want them to do is to play well, even if they lose.

    Good luck to them and to all our fans (I cannot watch, it being a Saturday).

  19. Sue says:

    Big money taken on Coutinho to Arsenal this morning. The Brazilian is into 1/2 to sign for Arsenal with the bookies.

    I’m excited about tomorrow, LB! Last chance saloon…. not only for Europe, but for Auba, also! Come on Arsenal, make us proud!

  20. RC78 says:

    @Sue – Mbappe out for 3 weeks so no Mbappe tonight against Lyon for the League Cup final. I am not sure we will win tonight but I am hoping we will – this is the last edition of the Cup and we are the title holders and record holder in terms of League Cup trophies 🙂

    I am expecting a tough Lyon opposition but I am hoping to see Sarabia – Icardi – Neymar play. We do not have a fit right back so Herrera may be played there or we might see Bakker on the right and Kurzawa on the left.

    @I sent a pre-match for tomorrow’s final 😛

  21. RockyLives says:

    Unless you have other plans I can do a pre-match for tomorrow.

  22. RockyLives says:

    Opps – have just seen RC’s comment. Excellent! Saves me a job.

    I suppose I should volunteer to write the match report then…

  23. Sue says:

    3 weeks isn’t as bad as I was expecting, RC… although he’ll miss the champions league game?? Well, good luck tonight, RC, fingers crossed!!

  24. Sue says:

    Congrats, RC 🙂🏆

  25. fatgingergooner says:

    No doubt there will be loads of talk about Auba today, but I find the contract situation pretty much sums up where football has gone wrong in recent times.

    20+ years ago a 31 year old striker would’ve been trying to prove to the club he deserved a new contract by winning us the Cup Final.

    Now, it’s the club trying to prove to the player that they are big enough for his lofty ambitions by winning the Cup Final.

    How times have changed….

  26. fatgingergooner says:


    You asked why we would refuse Rakitic and Vidal for Geundouzi….but I wonder why we would accept!?

    Both are in their 30’s and arguably past their best with high wage demands. Geundouzi is under contract for at least 3 more years (maybe 4?). I’d rather him stay and fulfil his promise but if he is going to leave then either take the money (£40m-£50m?) and buy players of a good age who we can improve, or swap for someone like Partey who would improve us.

  27. Morning all

    This has to be the strangest FA Cup Final day 😦 😦 😦

    We have a New Post ……………..

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