In his final press conference as manager of Arsenal Football Club, Arsene Wenger had this to say to his successor:
“Respect the values of the club.
“I would like him to bring his own ideas, a different way to see the game. It is a chance for the players to see something different.
“But on the other hand I would say: ‘Respect what has been built here, what people care about’.
“Some of the fans don’t always agree with my decision, but I think they all respected that I was honest, loyal, committed to the values of the club.
“I would like my successor to be like that as well.”
Ivan Gazidis shortly thereafter announced the following criteria for the new manager:
“It is important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club”
“I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans, and our fans want to see that. Someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football, that gets people interested and excited in the games we play.”
Is Unai Emery respecting the values of the club? Is he fulfilling the criteria laid out by Ivan?
By the way: Surely the burden of respecting the club’s values is the greater responsibility of Emery’s bosses; Raúl Sanllehí, head of football and Vinai Venkatesham, managing director. They are the day-to-day leaders of the club who set and enforce the standards from the top down. Do they respect what has been built at Arsenal and what people care about?
Arsene also had a message for the fans in his famous letter of 20th April 2018, announcing his retirement as manager of the football club:
“To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club.”
What values do you care about? What values from Wenger are worth preserving if any?
If you truly care about the values of Arsenal Football Club, please give your answers to these questions in the Comments section.
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