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The lastest is that the board are panicking - worried that AW will not renew his contract, some want to push him out this summer. There is a minority opinion that the Dein Wenger axis has become too big for their boots, hence DDs departure.
As I say, one member is happy for AW to go this summer if he will not commit, others will do anything to keep him and rightly so. The board is split and it is becoming acrimonious. Players are becoming very unsettled.
Their solution - get in Houlier as DOF, this may appease Wenger into staying, if not some on the board see him at the very least as a caretaker replacement , possibly more. He has done well with Lyon on a small budget, this will appeal to some on our board.
However, Hoofier was not so well liked at his last job in the EPL, I would grade him at about C for his time at liverpool, I know scousers who would term that generous. His ploy then was to have a solid defence, a couple of midfielders who could score from long range and a policy of hitting long and hoping Owen could get on the end of them. Not Arsenal football. He unceremoniously manoevered Fowler a Pool goal scoring great out through the back door to bring in this policy.
And talking of Michael Owen ......watch this space.
And it gets worse, at least 5 key players want to leave if AW goes, at least 2 of them who are touting themselves around probably as we speak.
The reason - as I say, one very senior board member thought DD and AW getting too powerful , so he created a situation which ended the partnership, but in doing so shot the club in the foot, and do not for a minute believe we have heard the last of all this.
Did I get this from a tabloid, I really wish that was the case and it could be dismissed so easliy.
I recon it must've been bullish Peter Hill-Wood if what you say is true. He needs to go. He isn't fit to be chairman - he always makes himself look like a twat in public. He is always quoted in saying the worst thing possible like 'we don't want his sort'.
It would be hard to fill AWs shoes and Houllier is not the man to do it in my opinion. There are worse options, such as Sven, and sure, Houllier he won the league in france, but thats FRANCE. Their league is poor in comparison and a league winning team was already in place at Lyon before he arrived. He didn't do that much. I wouldn't mind him as DoF, but not as manager.
However we must remember the 'beautiful football' arsenal play is Arsene Wenger's style, not Arsenal's. Need you reminding of the days of George Graham? Boring Arsenal? I don't want to return to that either but every manager plays his own game.
I don't understand what would be the reason for him leaving. He always said that once he didnt feel he could hack it anymore that he would leave. I don't know how he will feel now without Dein. The trouble with AW is he always keeps his cards so close to his chest. If he wants to please fans, he will come out and say 'I'm in this for the long haul', but he isn't which is causing people concern, and he knows it. He knows everyone is looking to him to take Arsenal forward and he must know he is unsettling fans.
However, I think the idea that there will be a mass exodus of players if AW leaves is just scaremongering. You can't expect for nobody to leave, but I'm sure Arsenal does have life after AW. He is a great manager and has been instrumental in achieving wonders for this club, but one day he will eventually move on and Arsenal will still be a top team.
Would like to know your source for this info
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A lot of ifs and buts, I really hope this is not true.
Maybe AW is trying to scare a few people to get what he wamts but I really do worry about THs future with us.
My source - I occasionally drink with a radio sports journalist . He has no specific source within AFC but is in a lot of loops and aware of stories doing the rounds. He has been wrong before but the vast amount of time gets it right. He would see himself as several cuts above a tabloid journalist in terms of integrity and quality of info, although essentially, he is a journalist.
It is no secret there are power struggles going on, what nobody really knows is the affect it will have on Wenger and players. This guys info is just an angle on this. Hopefully all will resolve itself but AW sounds right royally pissed off over the DD situation. GH coming in as DOF may just calm him down.
I wouldn't be too worried about Wenger stalling on his contract - he did exactly the same thing last time his contract came round and signed it in about March, 3 months before it expired. IF he went though, I'd be concerned that Henry and would leave, alongside maybe Toure and Gilberto? Think the younger players (Fabregas, Clichy etc) appreciate the chance they have at their respective ages.
I agree we've not heard the last from Dein...