Arsenal’s problems go way beyond who their next manager will be

first_imgARSENAL need to scrap the emotion — it is at the centre of all that is wrong with the club.It is why the Gunners’ greatest ever boss Arsene Wenger was allowed to remain in the top job far too long.1 Ljungberg has made a poor start so farCredit: Getty Images – GettyBut managers, like players, grow old and have to step aside.It’s not easy to part ways with a club icon but if they are not willing to move, they must be pushed.That takes strong leadership and, unfortunately, that is what has been sorely lacking at the Emirates for a number of years.And the club only have to look down the road to see what decisiveness looks like.SPURS CONTRASTSpurs’ chairman Daniel Levy made the controversial decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino last month, knowing full well that the highly-rated Argentine would be courted by Europe’s elite.Such a decision was sure to attract intense scrutiny yet he knew it was the right call for his club — and I’m in total agreement despite being a big Poch fan.Gunners supporters groups have accused their hierarchy of being ‘rudderless’ — which is fair.The fact that club greats are now being identified to restore Arsenal to their past glory only compounds such frustrations.Such romantic notions are nonsense.PRIORITIES MESSED UPIf the right manager has a connection to the club then great, it’s a bonus, an add-on.It should never be a high priority.Freddie Ljungberg is at the helm now but has already proved in just two games it must only be temporary.The fact that a single point was taken against Norwich and Brighton says it all but his team selection and thought process further compound it.To bring Shkodran Mustafi back at the Canaries, only to discard him against the Seagulls, shows he’s for the birds.WISHFUL THINKINGAnd the Swede’s statement of being “100 per cent” sure of a top-four finish is wishful thinking, Arsenal are 10th — 10 points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.The Gunners are on their worst run in 42 years and a battle for the top six seems beyond them.There has been no upturn under Ljungberg and I can’t help asking, ‘Why would there be?’He was under hapless Unai Emery but I never understand why the assistant of a failed boss is given the job after his sacking.Surely he is culpable to an extent?INVINCIBLE REUNION?The ex-winger may be getting by on the fact he is an Arsenal icon.And that trend could continue with Ljungberg’s fellow Invincible Patrick Vieira linked with the vacancy despite uninspiring spells with Nice and New York City.Or it might be Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta who could also make an Emirates return even though he has never managed before.His association with Pep Guardiola has surely given him an intense footballing education.Like it has been for coaches and players under Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp.ARTETA QUESTION MARKSBut Arsenal must be sure Arteta is special in his own right and not just a Pep Jr.That he’s his own man who has tapped into genius of those around him.The Gunners have been down this road before, discarding their template for a successful team in imitation of Pep’s Barcelona that saw them uncompetitive and embarrassingly labelled ‘Barca Lite’.Brendan Rodgers has extended his Leicester contract, Max Allegri has distanced himself and why would Diego Simeone leave Atletico Madrid for the Arsenal mess?SMALLER PROFILE CANDIDATESManagers who have been successful in lower leagues are unlikely to be given the chance George Graham got from Third Division Millwall back in 1986.Yet the likes of Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe and Sheffield United gaffer Chris Wilder have their sides playing in an Arsenal-esque fashion but with the accountability that has been lacking at the Emirates.David Dein previously set the standard for the Gunners.And it was no coincidence that the former owner’s departure in 2007 coincided with Wenger’s mid-decade decline.BLINKERED THINKINGThe fact that ex-chief exec Ivan Gazidis left north London post-Wenger was failing to learn from Manchester United’s troubles when boss Ferguson and David Gill left back in 2013.And recent rumours of David O’Leary travelling to games with the board once again show the same blinkered thinking regarding an icon’s association to the club.Although a hero of mine growing up as an Arsenal fan, it’s difficult to forget his OTT celebrations when his Leeds team ended Arsenal’s title hopes in 1999!MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidThe Emirates hierarchy have to look past club ties.Wenger didn’t have any connections when he took over — nor did Klopp or Pep. It’s a massive call Arsenal have to get right.Will they? I’m not convinced.last_img read more

‘Gov’t’s Plan to Arrest Costa at Arrival Unbending’

first_imgEugene Fahngon: “Gov’t will arrest Costa whenever he comes to Liberia.”–Eugene Fahgon The Government of Liberia (GoL), through Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs Eugene Fahngon, has disclosed a plan to arrest controversial talk show host, Henry Pedro Costa, should he come to the country by next month.Henceforth, the government has accepted Costa’s challenge to destroy the newly constructed terminal at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) and cause more chaos.In his presentation at the regular Thursday’s press briefing on November 14 at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Fahngon said the rule of law is for everyone and Henry Costa is no exception.“A democracy that does not follow the rule of law is bound to fail and, as such, the rule of law must be obeyed in our country,” Fahgon said. “Anyone who obstructs the arrest of Henry Costa will face the full weight of the law.”He added: “This government’s plan to arrest Costa is unbending.”Fahngon said there is already an arrest warrant for Costa and it must be served in accordance with the “law.”In his response to Fahngon’s remarks Henry Costa posted on his Facebook page: “So I am told that Eugene Fahngon said during their lazy regular press briefing that the government plans to arrest me upon my arrival on December 19. Old news. So how many times will they announce this one arrest plan for me?”In one of his posts recently, Costa challenged the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC)-led government’s plan to arrest him upon his return to the country on December 19. He declared on his Costa Show and on his Facebook page that he will make sure that the newly RIA terminal is destroyed and lives lost should anyone attempt to arrest him.Costa, who was one of the lead planners and executors of the much publicized June 7, 2019, protest, said that he will buy guns and hire killers who will retaliate should anyone from the CDC-led government go after him upon his arrival.Mr. Costa looks forward to his return to Liberia in December.Costa has also publicized, through his online platform, that no matter what, there will be a popular protest in the streets of Monrovia and its environs in an attempt to ensure that President George Weah steps down from the country’s presidency before the end of the year.Costa and his supporters claim that President Weah is “unfit to continue leading the country on grounds that he (Weah) has already failed in addressing the country’s dire challenges, among which is the downturn of the economy.”Although Costa has not explained what would be his option should President Weah, who was elected through a popular vote in December 2017, decide to arrest him upon his arrival in the country, he is of the conviction that Weah’s continuity in the role at the helm of national leadership will lead to nothing good.It can be recalled that on Thursday, October 10, 2019, police officers and court Sheriffs, who marched to the premises hosting Costa’s radio station, Roots FM, were seen forcefully shutting the station down and confiscating its equipment. Since then, the radio station remains shut down, even though Costa is running his popular show through his online platform from his abode in the United States of America.Government’s claim was that Mr. Costa was illegally operating his radio station, which he reportedly used to reprimand individual members of the CDC-led government and the government itself.Printing of New MoneyIn another development, Eugene Fahngon confirmed that it is true that President Weah wants to see new banknotes printed in order to remove the current ones former Presidents Charles G. Taylor and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf had printed.“It is false that the money has already been printed, but there is a proposal to get it printed,” Fahgon said, noting further that the simple reason for the removal and nullification of the current banknotes from circulation is because the total amount in circulation is “not known and cannot be controlled.”He said that the government will not print any new money without an approval from the Legislature and the Central Bank Governor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more