Arsene Wenger is receiving the blame for poor performances on the pitch and none of the credit for improved performances off of it says L’Equipe in an editorial on Saturday.
The new division of power at the club is creating an interesting effect in the media.
Arsenal’s form in January was mixed, and the blame for that was placed on Wenger.
Meanwhile, the club’s fortunes in the transfer window were much improved as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrived.
Yet Wenger, so often blamed for the club’s poor transfer dealings, received none of the credit.
Instead, it went to Raul Sanllehi and Sven Mislintat.
This has been highlighted in Saturday’s edition of L’Equipe.
The French paper point out that Wenger is currently to blame for everything that goes wrong at the club, while anything that’s going right is being seen as a success for the new staff.
L’Equipe also write that Wenger no longer having a say in the club’s transfers isn’t entirely true, but note that the club is clearly preparing for the post-Wenger era.
“…at this time, he is responsible for everything that goes wrong, while the more positive events, prolongation of Özil and the arrival of Aubameyang, are classified, in the eyes of the British media, to the credit of the new organisation of the club. In particular Sven Mislintat, the new recruiting manager who arrived from Dortmund, where he knew Aubameyang and Mkhitarian,” the French paper writes.
“The idea that the Frenchman no longer has the same domain of decision-making as before is not necessarily true, but what is obvious is that Arsenal are really preparing for after Wenger: the former director of football of FC Barcelona, Raul Sanllehi, started a mission this week, with the title of director of relations football.”
Indeed, this can be seen in recent reports from the Evening Standard, which pointed out that our excellent window wasn’t down to Wenger, and from Football London, who have labelled this the Mislintat and Sanllehi era.
All of this is a consequence of having a new structure at the club.
With responsibility so clearly distributed, it’ll become easier to see who has done a good job and who hasn’t.
Expect Wenger to still get blamed, regardless. Still, at least he will have his pal, Dick Law, around after the transfer negotiator agreed to help out this summer despite supposedly leaving the club.