Opinion: Transfer business proves Wenger's way of doing things is over
Richard Jolly compares Wenger's transfer campaigns during his reign and Emery's. He states that our latest additions show a different set of mind at Arsenal following the resignation of the Frenchman.
"Arsenal's summer business is notable for the addition of four major defensive-minded players, plus the young French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, but nobody notable in attack. The club of George Graham's famous back four can be defined by quartets. Now Emery has a new four, a group to sum up the new Arsenal: goalkeeper Bernd Leno, right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner, centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos and defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira.
"If the immediate intent was to remedy weaknesses, it also highlighted a radical shift in policy. Over those 22 years, Wenger never made four major defensive signings in a single summer. On the few occasions there were three they tended to include a youngster, such as Carl Jenkinson in 2011 or Chambers three years later. Emery's approach has been altogether more austere. Arsenal have indulged themselves to get attackers in recent windows but this year's shift in tack has both reflected the shortcomings in the side and an unsentimental rationalism.
If Arsenal announce a new deal and the captaincy for Ramsey tomorrow, without any additional signings, it will have been a very good window. Announce the extension, captaincy, and another signing, and it’s been an incredible window, identifying our weaknesses. #CaptainRamsey #afc— Adam Keys (@_AdamKeys) August 8, 2018
"The numbers showed the need for a revolution at the club encompassing structure, personnel and attitude. Arsenal conceded 51 league goals last season, their most since 1983-84. Every element of Arsenal's record has to improve. Only three clubs conceded three in at least four different home league matches: West Ham, Huddersfield and Arsenal.
"They let in 15 goals during the final half-hour of away games alone. If there used to be the notion that Arsenal were fallible at set-pieces, the more remarkable reality is that they were breached 36 times -- or 14 more than Brighton -- in open play.
With signings like Sokratis and Lichsteiner, we are just building for the present. Guendouzi and Torreira huge talents for the future. I think this time next year we will see a team that could compete. We are very close, just 2-3 class players off. #AFC— ArsenalLatest™ (@ArsenalLatest) August 8, 2018
"Collective problems were compounded by individual mistakes. According to the division's official statistics, Cech made the most errors leading to a Premier League goal last season: a ludicrous six. Xhaka was the joint leader for outfield players, with three, while Shkodran Mustafi was among a group bunched together on two.
"It underlined the case for a new goalkeeper, defensive midfielder and centre-back. Emery has them now. It might not have happened under Wenger but it is both a neat and necessary way of showing that this is not Wenger's Arsenal anymore."