Connect in the back of the net

Two years ago, Claudio Ranieri masterminded one of the greatest achievements to ever grace the English game.

After heavy criticism upon his arrival, the Italian managed to steer his Foxes from relegation-battlers to Premier League champions with a team of free-agents, big-club rejectees and aging has-beens.

Sorry Mark Schwarzer…

In many ways, this episode of sporting history demonstrated the core values of football – playing as a team, endurance, technical ability and mental strength – giving renewed optimism for other clubs and fans.

However, there has undeniably been monumental changes in the football market during the past decade. Investors and billionaire owners have changed the face of the game.

Once more, there are no signs of the market slowing down.

 

Resistant to change

Wenger is one of the figures resistant to change.

Speaking about Neymar’s world record transfer from Barcelona to PSG, the Arsenal boss said that football is ‘beyond calculation and rationality’.

Does this make Wenger stubborn? Are principles more important than glory?

In fairness to Wenger, inflation has caused the major contenders for the league to spend in excess of £100 million on players every year.

However, only one team can win the Premier League. So there will be plenty of teams that will spend and be disappointed anyway.

 

Notable acquisitions, but not much has gained from them

Over the past few years, Wenger has been praised for the acquisitions of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Petr Cech.

This showed true intent and finally Wenger was delivering with a calibre of players that would increase Arsenal’s chances for success. Yet, has Arsenal’s position really changed since their arrival?

They still appear to be the pretenders of the Premier League, the ‘there or thereabouts’ team… or the bridesmaid at a wedding.

It is perhaps justified to argue that Arsenal’s problems run deeper than simply having an incapable squad.

 

Shouldn’t the club focus on becoming tactically versatile and performing at the highest level in every single game?

A freak of nature, it may be. But surely something should be learned from Leicester’s triumph.

Dilly ding, Dilly dong, Mr. Wenger.

 

Written by Jack Kelly

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