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Is anyone going to the Arsene interrogation today?

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The man who writes is undoubtedly wise.  At the bottom of the article that link will transport you to, should you have the courage to click it, he says this:

The ever more impressive Ivan Gazidis struck exactly the right note in comments on the official web site and in comments to the AST. He told them:

“He is not closed-minded. The idea that Arsène Wenger is some stubborn guy who is not open to having his ideas challenged and there is nobody there who can say ‘listen we need someone with experience in the middle of the park or at the back’ just isn’t true.

“He is asking questions of himself all the time and talking to people all the time. He does not believe he has all the answers and I see that as one of his strengths.”

The mischievous could almost interpret that as a challenge. I hope it was.

Goodplaya’s hope has somehow transformed into a near certainty in my mind: in raising these issues in a public forum, Gazidis is applying pressure to Arsene to show that he is a big enough man to correct his own mistakes.  Admittedly it’s just speculation, but it makes a degree of sense.  And when was the last time there was a voice from above Arsene applying any kind of pressure at all?  When was the last time someone from the board talked about the vaguest possibility of needing “someone with experience in the middle of the park or at the back”?  Gazidis has impressed me immensely since his arrival, and I’m hoping his first Summer at the club will be indicative of the influence he is beginning to wield.

Arsene will today receive a more direct grilling from the club’s shareholders.  Obviously I’m sure there’ll be some fascinating dialogue, so I’ll do my best to get hold of that as soon as possible.  Do get in touch if you’re one of the men wiring Arsene up to the polygraph.

Debate continues to rage (well, not ‘rage’, but certainly gently swash about a bit) over whether or not Theo Walcott ought to travel to the European Under-21 Championships with England.  Whilst the sensible thing from our perspective is probably to give him a rest, I’m sure Theo himself is eager to play – and it could prove beneficial.  After a three month absence he looks fairly fresh and not in need of a huge Summer break, and a successful tournament could provide a real launching pad into next season.  My hunch is that he will go.

Finally, The Mirror say Carlo Ancelotti’s first move as Chelsea manager will be to sell Didier Drogba and replace him with Emmanuel Adebayor.  Frankly, there seem to be more ifs, buts and maybes here than… well, than in a ‘GARY CAHILL TO ARSENAL’ story.  Adebayor may well leave this Summer, but I doubt it will be to another English club – and if it is, I’d bet on them playing in a lighter shade of blue than Chelsea…

That’s all for today.  Ciao for now.

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