Arsenal should be embarrassed by Monchi snub… at least Tottenham have a plan

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The embarrassment at losing Monchi back to Seville, two years after he was finally allowed to move on from the club, needs to wake the board at the Emirates up to what a poisoned chalice it is to try to restore Arsenal back to what too many believe is its rightful place.

Seventeen consecutive seasons in the Champions League under Arsene Wenger made a place on football’s gravy train the norm.

But the lacklustre years that marked the end of the Wenger era and the beginning of the transition period have highlighted a lack of direction from the very top.

The message for anybody coming in to oversee footballing operations is clear – get the Gunners back in the top four.

It is a depressing desire for the wealth of the Champions League rather than a true pursuit for the game’s great honours – and that is reflected with the budget.

What could Monchi do with £40m? What could anybody?

Of course, Tottenham have not had much of a budget either but then it is all too easy to forget how close Mauricio Pochettino came to the sack in his first year in charge.

But all the time, Daniel Levy had a vision: state-of-the-art academy, state-of-the-art stadium and the players would want to play there.

What is Arsenal’s vision?

Manchester City knew for years they wanted Pep Guardiola to write the next chapter in their history.

Kroenke seems more worried about who will write the next cheque.

That is not a marker which a technical director can channel his reputation towards.

If Arsenal want a dynamic, ambitious man for the job they need to start demonstrating they are a dynamic, ambitious club.

They sit fourth in the Premier League right now – a point above fifth-place Manchester United and two more in front of Chelsea.

Both United and Chelsea are desperate for that fourth place and are expected to kick on again next season.

But Arsenal? Fans grew frustrated with nothing to show for top-four finishes bar another one the next season.

After two campaigns in the Europa League, what they would give for that now.

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