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|Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:19 am Post subject: Ozil deal lifts Arsenal but major gap remains to Premier Lea
|When Ivan Gazidis addressed supporters at The Emirates last April, his famous promise that such a disappointing league season would represent "a catalyst http://www.authenticbluesjerseys.com/Authentic-Pavol-Demitra-Jersey for change" was hardly met with universal optimism.
Manager Arsene Wenger would soon sign a new contract, all of his key lieutenants were kept on and the importance of "stability" was still being preached and largely practised in the summer transfer market.
Fast forward another eight months and, while the one big overarching constant remains in Wenger himself, the reality of the upheaval has actually opened Gazidis to the charge of understatement.
On the pitch and we have now also just witnessed the most radical two weeks of Wenger's reign. Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott have been the club's top three scorers in each of the past two seasons. In the five completed campaigns since Robin van Persie departed in 2012, one of them has been the leading scorer.
To lose any of those players would be significant; to see all three depart in the space of 14 days is extraordinary. To offset all this by breaking your transfer record in the summer for Alexandre Lacazette,doing that again with the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and then also convincing Mesut Ozil to sign a new contract to become the club's highest paid player in history Michael Wacha Youth jersey amounts to the most un-Arsenal like transfer activity imaginable.
Especially striking http://www.authenticavalanchejerseys.com/Authentic-Nathan-Mackinnon-Jersey is how huge resources have been committed to players in Ozil, Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan who will be 32 and of limited transfer value when their contracts expire in 2021.It prompts an inevitable question about the extent to which Wenger has been the driving force, even if a focus on the attacking http://www.packersnflofficialonlinestore.com/Justin-Vogel-Jersey positions rather than more obvious defensive deficiencies might seem to have the Frenchman's fingerprints across it.
What it definitely says is that Arsenal's decision-makers have recognised that their current status outside the Champions League is not Junior Seau Youth jersey good enough and that they Chandler Parsons Womens Jersey can no longer rely so heavily on continuity to compete with the very best.
A point must sometimes simply be reached at which you judge whether a player will ever propel you forward and, if the answer is negative - as presumably it was with Giroud, Walcott and Francis Coquelin - then the biggest risk is to do nothing.
That would be the Bart Starr Jersey path towards complacency on which Arsenal have often flirted and it is refreshing to see them being proactive in backing their judgement on potential upgrades.