I’ve previously been reluctant to weigh in on the Arsenal management debate.
But at this stage, what’s another gas canister on the fire?
Ever since the Gunners’ farce of a League Cup final, I’ve been thinking about the best possible replacement for Arsene Wenger.
Many fans will be hoping for someone with plenty of pedigree.
Your Carlo Ancelottis, your Massimiliano Allegris, your Joachim Lows of this world.
But I’m not convinced that’s the answer.
Arsenal don’t need a manager with experience and credible achievements in the locker; they have one of those at the moment.
What Arsenal desperately need more than anything is a fresh start, some young blood.
So how about pairing Thierry Henry with Mikel Arteta?
The Frenchman is a club legend and is probably an idol to the majority of the current squad.
Who better than Henry, with his charisma and elite mentality, to motivate the squad and give the players a new lease on life?
He would handle the media with aplomb and the prospect of playing under such a widely-respected legend could benefit the club when it comes to recruitment.
Henry would undoubtedly have the fans on his side from the off — the cast of ArsenalFanTV would surely be hesitant to criticise a man who probably still adorns their bedroom walls.
Arteta takes reins when it comes tactics.
The Spaniard is currently learning from Pep Guardiola at Man City, soaking up the ex-Barcelona and Bayern gaffer’s wisdom, learning his methods.
I’m not saying Granit Xhaka is going to turn into Kevin De Bruyne after a week of Arteta’s coaching but the Man City model is one worth emulating these days.
By all accounts, Arteta is far from a passenger at City.
A thoughtful student of the game since his playing days, he would be afforded the time to hone philosophy and iron out the flaws.
Arteta’s the brain; Henry’s the face.
Plus, both played under Wenger and so would be able to retain the many good habits instilled in the club during the Frenchman’s long tenure.
For some inexplicable reason I’m now worryingly convinced this is the solution to all Arsenal’s problems.
Two unproven managers working together for a club under intense scrutiny… what could possibly go wrong?