Football is a wonderful game filled with excitement and thrill from game to game. However, those emotions continue beyond the end of the season as the transfer window and rumors of players coming and going bring their own healthy dose of drama and excitement.
The summer was a time of disappointment for Arsenal fans. Constant references to average and aging players and rumors of an empty treasury killed any optimism. However, over the past few years, the outlook has changed. The club has not only invested heavily in the restructuring of the composition, but also did it wisely and efficiently.
While rivals spend money on shiny new toys, Arsenal are taking a no-compromise approach: signing the right player for the right amount. The club will no longer hold over the fire and force you to overpay for mediocrity. If the selling club tries to do so, Arsenal will simply move on to the next player on their list.
Moving down the list does not necessarily mean loss of quality. Distracted from Lisandro Martinez, the club easily got Oleksandr Zinchenko’s signature. Since then, he has become an integral member of the team.
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This transfer strategy is certainly working to bring the right players to the team, but we have yet to see their performances on the pitch. Dozens of transfers every season do not bring results. You only need to look at Manchester United to see example after example of this. The likes of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire and others were hired with excitement, but their performances fell short of expectations. That hasn’t happened yet with Arsenal’s signings in the last two summer windows (hell!).
The only player who may have even been a little disappointing was Nuno Tavares and although his playing style may be at odds with that of the manager, his quality is still evident. Players like Albert Sambi Lokonga and Takehiro Tomiyasu have been impressive in their debut seasons, especially in the last one.
The success of the three transfers, as well as Ben White, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko, can largely be attributed to one man: Mikel Arteta. While there can be many reasons why signing won’t work, the biggest factor is the chaos. Unai Emery’s reign has been one of complete chaos, unsettling experienced players and newcomers alike. No one understood the tactics or the plan.
Arteta is the exact opposite, he has a clear structure and vision for the club as a whole and for each individual player. This clarity helps players immediately understand what their role is on and off the pitch. Coming from a foreign league and getting into the starting line-up almost immediately is not as easy as some make it out to be. Tomiyasu was a long-time Serie A middle-table player from Bologna, but thanks to Arteta’s clear instructions and expectations, he knew exactly how to play in the team.
It’s this alignment that allows players to jump in and hit the ground running right away. They know exactly how Arteta wants them to play and what he expects, ensuring success with almost every signing, regardless of their background. This may go on for a long time.