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Dec

Grimandi rumoured to become Arsenal's new assistant manager


Written by Chris Wheatley

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Former Arsenal defender Gilles Grimandi could be on the verge of becoming the club’s next assistant manager.

The 40-year-old, who is currently employed as the Gunners’ French-based scout, revealed at the start of the season that he had begun his relevant coaching badges with a view to managing in the near future.

Arsenal’s current #2 to Arsene Wenger is Pat Rice, who has been rumoured to leave his post at the end of the season.

Grimandi was one of Wenger’s first signings at Arsenal, joining from the manager’s former club Monaco in June 1997 for £2.5m. He left Highbury in 2002 for a very brief spell at the Colorado Rapids before returning to France.

He played 84 matches for Arsenal in midfield, right-back and centre-half and won the Double in 1998 and again in 2002.


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toddorov
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5 years 4 months ago

sick.. Wenger’s love child

king gooner
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king gooner
5 years 4 months ago

do like “the grimster”but would prefer & english backbone as wengers assistant,with a no nonsense approach & not a “yes” man-therefore it can only be MARTIN “IN YER FACE” KEOWN!!

gorkhaligunner
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gorkhaligunner
5 years 4 months ago

Keown……..Tony Adams……….Steve Bould……….but not Grimandi

aj
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aj
5 years 4 months ago

Well Wenger does seem to trust Grimandi – most of our recent acquisitions came on Grimandi’s recommendation. Maybe Wenger will be prepared to listen to him.

MeMatt
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MeMatt
5 years 4 months ago

For me the only logical choice would be to promote Steve Bould.

dan
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dan
5 years 4 months ago

what a disaster that would be,another yes man,disgusting

Sid
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Sid
5 years 4 months ago

Look at the pathetic over reaction of a few xenophobic plastics. Completely predictable.

arsenal4ever
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arsenal4ever
5 years 4 months ago

yeah more frenchies pls!! What the fukk is going on. Put in Bould he made a great job for years now!!!

arsenal4ever
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arsenal4ever
5 years 4 months ago

if this will happen Wenger goes upstairs. WE will always be a poor mans barca :-(.

RAYAN
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RAYAN
5 years 4 months ago

BERGKAMP !!!!!!!!!!

VanDaManPersie
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VanDaManPersie
5 years 4 months ago

There are only two ppl that can replace Patty Rice, and they are Martin Keown or Steve Bould.

Patrick
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Patrick
5 years 4 months ago

not a bad choice would prefer DB,Bouldy or Keown and please god not tony adams

gunner17
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gunner17
5 years 4 months ago

David O’Leary anyone?

gunner17
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gunner17
5 years 4 months ago

Grimandi’s probably alright for this first team, but ideally you’d want for the coming generation of english youth team players to be coached by some proper arsenal english players.

if we can infect wilshere, JET, lansbury, ramsey, frimpong, bartley, afobe, aneke and all their up-and-coming buddies with the attitude of keown, adams, bould, we will dominate when these guys are between 23 and 33.

Begeegs
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Begeegs
5 years 4 months ago

It takes longer than just a few months to get all of the relevant badges required, so I can’t see that this story being true.

nicky
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nicky
5 years 4 months ago

You guys say a “Yes Man” but just as bad would be an appointee with whom AW would be constantly at loggerheads.

realistic tony
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realistic tony
5 years 4 months ago

im the last person to be xenophobic….but this all-french personnel is getting a bit obvious and almost like nepotism.I agree with most: martin keown or bouldy would be exactly what we need…..some english defence type mentality and experience

Rock
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Rock
5 years 4 months ago

gonna get slated for this, but….chris hughton? excellent right hand man, coach, decent bloke and despite his spurs connections would be great i feel.

would really stick it to the spuds too.

Rupe
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Rupe
5 years 4 months ago

Errrr, Arsene’s French and he does ok.

The problem with Grimandi would be his lack of coaching experience, and that would be the case whatever his nationality.

But let’s face it, there’s no substance to this story whatsoever, it doesn’t even claim to have any evidence.

GG2 is doing his badges, that’s all. To jump from that to him joining as asst manager straight away is ridiculous. More likely Bouldy would step up and Gilles take a less senior coaching role to learn the ropes.

supersam8
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supersam8
5 years 4 months ago

how can the english who support arsenal even support arsenal?

it keeps getting harder to understand

GunnerMKD
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GunnerMKD
5 years 4 months ago

hey guys, can anyone tell me a sure site where i can order a kit or anything arsenals from? in my country i can`t seem to find the newest kit, and on arsenal.com there are a little high prices. so if you know a site, do write it here, will you? thanks 😀

gunnergetcha
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gunnergetcha
5 years 4 months ago

Agree.

BERGKAMP. (AT LEAST IN SOME CAPACITY ON THE COACHING STAFF?)

Kofi
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Kofi
5 years 4 months ago

Tony Adams failed as coach but (Relegation) . Pep (no experience) beat Mr Special even with 162 mil expenditure

an arse worth having
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an arse worth having
5 years 4 months ago

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting someone with their own mind as number 2. Clearly it isn’t working the way it is at the moment. Too many of our players are lacking in a genuinely competitive spirit. If this is Pat Rice’s last season, then we need a replacement who brings the spirit of the Vieira/Adams’ eras back.

jabberwocky
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jabberwocky
5 years 4 months ago
sod this website…had a lovely well written comment and lost it! a curse on you! basically, the gist is: for all that our english legends are lauded, and righly so, if it werent for the ‘frenchies/frogs’ ‘dagos’ and for any of myles palmer’s minions ‘french africans’ we would have won sweet f*** all. before wenger came, our backline was good, but the rest was crap, and if it werent for the foreign imports we would be scrapping away with blackburn and bolton for mid-table obscurity english ‘grit’ and ‘backbone’ have never gotten anyone anywhere…the english national team have won sweet… Read more »
The BearMan
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The BearMan
5 years 4 months ago
To be a well-balanced right hand you do not need someone who is great only with the mouth, and fails to command the respect of the rest of the squad. Pat Rice was an excellent assistant, because he did most of his talking behind the scenes. Many of the names that have been suggested are to self-opinionated, position focussed and lacks character or the servant attitude. It would not take long before they desire to come out from the shadow and demand to wear the manager’s shoe. If Arsenal really would like to move forward from the eX-players that will… Read more »
katongole
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katongole
5 years 4 months ago
In my opinion, we really need to blend philosophies of the modern game. That is; efficient execution of attacks, effient ball passing and solid defending. Therefore, if Mr. Pat Rice is to go, then, I think Mark overmas would be a good choice for the job, with Martin Keown being appointed as a defence coach. Overmas is a product of the Ajax Academy and has been a gunner before. As a player, he was very attack minded yet he always had a cool head. Steve Bould should remain we he is as he has done a good job so far… Read more »
Arsenalisto
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Arsenalisto
5 years 4 months ago

If it’s true, there is nothing better than a scout who has experience of identifying the right type of players needed. Just imagine this, Arsenal need to make a sub and AW is not sure which player to go on (not in cases of injuries where its definitive of course), wouldn’t be helpful to have an advice from someone who knows what type of players can do what?. This can help a lot w team selections as well, and as well as reading other teams and really picking out their danger men, really smart move if true!

ole
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ole
5 years 4 months ago

I think that is move in the good direction. All respect to p rice, but we need a change. Bould and Keown would be my first choice or Adams. But Grimandi is tactical brilliant, he must have been since his fotball skills where limited, and he won the double in 97-98. I think this a good thing. Come on arsenal fans be positive for a change! If we beat Chelsea and we will we will be top by the 5th of january;) Merry christmas fellow arsenal fans;)

Rupe
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Rupe
5 years 4 months ago
Nicely said jabberwocky. 100% right and I doubt very much that you put it better in your first version! Couple of things to add… Expecting Bould, Keown, Adams etc to somehow return us to the days of George Graham (GG1) defending is as narrow-minded as calling Grimandi (GG2) a yes man. They’re all smart cookies with their own ideas (in Adams’ case, perhaps a few too many – if ever a bloke needed to start drinking again…!). It’s also worth pointing out that they also played under Wenger who extended and revitalised their football, so more than anyone they know… Read more »
Sp*rs! you cant polish a turd!
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5 years 4 months ago
@jabberwocky: Right on Brother!! To say England is a whole bunch of crap is a bit harsh. But what I will say is everything from music, food, architecture and football has been improved with a helping hand from our friend the foreign influence. Its just plastic Arsenal (and English football fans) who are frightened of losing what small minded identity they cling onto so dearly. I hear so much bulls**t on every site from fans who probably never even been to a game. Those who think by watching clips on you tube of the “good old days” makes them some… Read more »
Nick e
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Nick e
5 years 4 months ago

Bould all the way!!!

an arse worth having
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an arse worth having
5 years 4 months ago

The “foreign influence” is important and a large part of why we are so good technically. Sadly though great technique, passing and movement has won us nothing lately, and won’t until the team’s desire and determination match those of the likes of Chelsea and Manure.

GunnerMKD
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GunnerMKD
5 years 4 months ago

by far the best match these season. everything went smoothly, EVERYTHING! just keep it up, and dont get carried away! NICE!

ole
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ole
5 years 4 months ago

Johann “Adams” Djouroue! Its the best defensive performance by an arsenal player since god knows when, Maybe since adams and bould against parma i 1994! Great game and I am happier than ever! Johann “Adams” Djouroue!!!!!

Nelson
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Nelson
5 years 4 months ago

Squilacci played as defense in all defeats this season, this ain’t no coincidence he played against Sunderland (1-1), W.B.A. (2-3), Chelshit (0-2), Shaktar (1-2), Newcastle (0-1), Tottenham (2-3), Braga (0-2), Manu (0-1) and Wigan (2-2).
When Djourou played against Wigan, Newcastle, Tottenham and Chelsea ARSENAL WON.
Please send this message to somebody in the team… SQUILACCI NO MORE
IS WORST THAN SILVESTRE
When he is playing it’s 10 vs 12
SQUILACCI = ENEMY
WENGER OPEN YOUR EYES!!!!
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=177418048958976&set=o.119640531290

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