Thursday, June 21, 2007

New Football Director?

Well there is some fairly big Arsenal news today, finally.

Gilles Grimandi is close to agreeing a deal to become Arsenal's new football director. It has been reported that Wenger is looking to sign his ex-player to assume the role vacated by David Dein. Grimandi would be in charge of transfers and contract negotiations, and would also be serving as a buffer between Arsene and the board.

I think it's very important that Arsene has been given the freedom to get whoever he wants in this role, because he is able to get someone he knows he can work with and trusts. Hopefully Gilles will be up to the job.

Sources are saying that Arsene Wenger is giving the Arsenal board six months to match his ambitions for the club. If certain changes are not made by that time, he will not renew his contract at the end of the year. A close friend of Wenger's made this comment:

Arsene is fearful that the current squad is still too young to compete with Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool for the title.

"It's obvious he needs to bring in some experience but has been told he must sell players to generate money to buy players."

It's probably all bollocks and I don't believe it but if it were true it honestly wouldn't surprise me. It sure seems like with Arsenal needing to bring in players to "Keep Thierry happy" and now the board has to give out money that the club doesn't have to "Keep Arsene happy" that there is a lot of ego flying around Ashburton Grove at the moment. I know Wenger is a great manager and it would be terrible to see him go, but we just moved into the new stadium and we are strapped for cash at the moment. Supposedly the board has given him 40 million pounds to spend, so I think that should be enough for him. Hopefully the boss stays on for another few years.

There's also a little bit about Cesc professing his love for the club.

"When you are just 17, they are all next to you and that's a great feeling. And scoring goals and winning things for this club is the best thing that's ever happened to me."

Hopefully Barcelona won't get a hold of him any time soon.

That's about all for now. Cheers mates, let me know what you think.


No comments: