There has been much change within our club recently. More change than ever, since Arsene Wenger began his era at Arsenal.
Hossam Fahmy working his legal and contract magic, in from TeamSky.
Darren Burgess and Shad Forsythe, leaders in the field of sports physiotherapy and recovery.
Sven Mislintat, renowned for his talents in player recruitment.
Jens Lehmann, former Gunner and outspoken coach.
Raul Sanllehi, a man with more connections than the London Underground system.
These men are in place and set to revolutionise the operations at Arsenal.
While Wenger is still at the helm though, Is it a case of changing the shoes on a tramp and expecting to change his appearance?
A large swathe of our fans see it this way. Wenger is the rust in our gears and until he has departed, then no matter of change can rouse us from our reverie.
The truth though, is that for once, our Chief Executive, Ivan Gazidis, has finally come good and acted on his words, rather than spouting clever rhetoric.
He mentioned this summer that change was coming, the winds of variety would sweep into our dusty halls and blow away the stale funk, and slowly but surely, he was right.
We now have the pieces in place to transition change in the right way, to drag ourselves to the front of the sport once again – just like we did when Wenger first joined.
Everyone is well versed about the Wenger revolution when the Frenchman signed from Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan. His dietary changes, his training methods and frameworks were well ahead of anything in the Premier League at the time, his football knowledge surpassed the majority so we also gained a jump in player recruitment.
Now, we have the tools to again make that massive leap to the front of the conga line of football, and lead the way.
Mislintat could have set up shop anywhere, such is his pedigree. Sanllehi was working his magic with Barcelona. Burgess and Forsythe were regarded as true leaders of their sector.
We truly have recruited the best in each field.
This is cause for optimism. We all know though, that change after an extended period of the same thing requires a transitory spell, one that needs velvet gloves. Manchester United replacing Sir Alex Ferguson spells out how cautionary we need to be to pick the right man – and have the perfect team to oversee the change.
We can all offer opinion on who should come in to replace Wenger when he finally calls time on his era. Some say a seasoned veteran to oversee the turbulent first couple of years. Others say a promising younger manager who has a firm grasp on modern tactics and hasn’t let time destroy his ideals.
It is very much up for discussion, but for now, we can rest assured that we now have the most solid of foundations in place to guarantee that if we do slip up, then it will only be down to the new man in the hotseat, not the network that is in place to help him.
We’ve been slipping for a while now, but these appointments mean we are moving in the right direction in the background. Good times are coming.
Please advise me, do I put my tooth under my pillow or under the mattress?
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