Arsene Wenger disappeared into a puff of smoke on 4/20. The man always did have sensational timing.
Brendan Rodgers passed a rigorous character reference to succeed Wenger, with part of his interview including a live grilling from Troopz and DT on Arsenal Fan TV.
Brentan breezed through his audition after wowing with his tried and trusted technique of writing the three names that will let him down during the season in an envelope.
Pre-season was navigated without too much hassle as Rodgers looked to instil a passing philosophy at the club.
The only slight blip was a 3-0 loss to Boreham Wood in which Rodgers played a back three of Granit Xhaka, Alex Iwobi and Shkodran Mustafi.
Rodgers’ first task in the transfer market was to fix Arsenal’s soft core and lack of character in midfield.
He spent most of the summer chasing Casemiro but had to admit defeat and ended up with Scott Brown.
Iago Aspas, Joe Allen, Jon Flanagan and Simon Mignolet also arrived although Rodgers denied accusations that he was trying to rebuild Liverpool’s 2013/14 squad.
The season got underway impressively with Rodgers picking up his first piece of silverware in the Emirates Cup.
He got off to a fast start in the league as well.
Arsenal won their first six games before a Gareth Bale-inspired Spurs brought them back down to earth in the first north London derby of the season.
That loss was compounded by home and away defeats to Rodgers’ former side Celtic in the Europa League.
From there the wheels fell off.
Defence was, as always, the main issue, with Danny Welbeck struggling to adapt to a wing-back role.
After 20 games Arsenal had less points than Mesut Ozil had assists.
Rodgers was handed one game to save his Arsenal career.
As fate would have it it was a Europa League quarter-final against PSG, who had called in Wenger as caretaker manager following a terrible time post Neymar’s move to Real Madrid.
PSG won both legs 5-1, coming out 10-2 winners overall, to effectively end Rodgers’ reign at Arsenal.
In danger of nosediving in the league Arsenal’s board made the decision to bring in someone who knows the league and understands what it means to be at the club.
Tony Adams was hired until the end of the season, bringing some revolutionary coaching techniques to the training ground.
Adams steadied the ship but Arsenal still finished in sixth on exactly the same points as the previous campaign.
Arsenal Fan TV claimed it was all a Wenger-backed conspiracy to keep Arsenal down but, in truth, finishing sixth with Welbeck and Iwobi in attack was an impressive feat.
What does the future hold? Who knows. But the grass isn’t always greener on the Wenger-less side.
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