Another year has almost gone by which means we are half way through yet another disappointing season for Arsenal. The sad part is Gunners all around the World seem not to be surprised by it anymore and it is very worrying that this has become norm in recent years.
During the year of 2017, especially since Arsene Wenger signed a new 2 years contract in the summer, it has become more evident that fundamental changes were necessary. With all the changes that have been happening at backroom level in the last few months, it looks like the Arsenal board are getting ready for post Wenger era. I would put free bets on this happening once Arsene Wenger’s current contract runs out.
Team Sky’s legal and commercial expert Huss Fahmy, Australian fitness guru Darren Burgess, first team coach and Arsenal legend Jens Lehmann, and psychologist David Priestley all joined over the summer. We also have a new performance nutritionist in Richard Allison and Per Mertesacker will be taking charge of the academy at the end of the season. More significantly, last month came the appointments of Sven Mislintat as chief scout and Raúl Sanllehí as head of football relations.
This is a star-studded line-up and this seems to be far more than a backroom shake-up. I truly believe that bringing these calibre of names on board is so the club can prepare for life after Arsene Wenger.
With the new appointments, Arsenal have a season and a half to bed in and implement their strategies within the club, when he does step down, there won’t be an abrupt change and we can maintain our values.
I think this is the right way of planning life after Wenger but the question is if the men who are responsible for the running of this great club have made a grave mistake of leaving this situation drag on a bit too long.