Arsene Wenger looks like he will become the Bayern Munich manager, at least until the end of the season, and I can’t wait to see the Frenchman back on the sidelines. I just wish it wasn’t with them.
There are some teams you feel a natural affinity towards, even if you support another. Bayern Munich are not one of those sides for most Arsenal fans.
The German behemoths have not only delivered regular humiliation, but they’ve done so with an arrogance that only those who regularly dominate a less-than-competitive league can muster.
I think Arsene Wenger will be more than able to do a job at Bayern Munich, despite being out of the game for 18 months to look after ill family members.
I also imagine it will annoy most of their fans who mocked him mercilessly during his last years at Arsenal when they were tonking the Gunners 5-1 every time they played us. That pleases me.
Arsene Wenger’s loyalty to Arsenal cost him a lot in terms of footballing opportunities. While he was handsomely rewarded financially at Arsenal, steering them through the Emirates stadium move hamstrung him to a degree that seriously impacted his own list of honours.
What would Wenger’s CV look like if – instead of promising the banks he would stay at Arsenal to guide them into the Champions League every year – he’d went to Real Madrid one of the three times they asked?
Italy, Germany, Spain, France. Clubs in all the top footballing countries have wanted a piece of Arsene Wenger over the years. There’s a reason for that – he’s a really good coach.
There is an argument being made that he has lost touch with the modern game, but I don’t buy it.
I believe at Arsenal he became entrenched in things that weren’t his responsibility and that took away from his ability to focus solely on on-the-pitch matters. While the time was right for him to go at Arsenal, I can’t help but wonder what he could do with the current squad Unai Emery is making a total balls of.
At Bayern, he will have his pick of some of the best players in the world.
There will be no Denilsons to shoehorn into the side because they can’t afford to buy a proper replacement. He will not have to rely on a Marouane Chamakh free transfer to try and add goals to his team, nor will he have players busting to leave to win trophies elsewhere.
It’s the perfect opportunity for him to remind people of the man he was when he first arrived in England.
That lanky foreigner with the funny glasses who revolutionised English football and guided Arsenal to an unbeaten league title. His edges may have softened over the intervening years, his glasses mostly replaced by contacts, but with the might of Bayern Munich at his fingertips, I fully believe Wenger will continue the German’s dominance, domestically at least.
There is, of course, the glaring hole on his CV where a big European trophy should be and I’m sure that nags away at him when he turns off the TV at night and sits with a glass of Merlot.
If he wants to fill it, then he will have the tools provided to get that job done.
One can only hope that if Arsenal do manage to get back into the Champions League, obviously not with Emery in charge, we don’t have to face the prospect of a 5-1 drubbing with Wenger at the helm.
There really is only so much Arsenal fans should be expected to take.