There is little doubt among Arsenal fans that Arsene Wenger, with the backing of the club’s board, has sharpened up his act in the transfer market this summer, not just by smashing the Arsenal transfer record to sign the French striker Alexandre Lacazette, but in almost every aspect of his dealings.
Beating a number of big European clubs to get Kolasinac on a free, being in with a chance of beating the big guns of Real Madrid and more to the Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe and making sure that we kept hold of Hector Bellerin and did not allow Alexis Sanchez to a Premier League rival are all clear signs that the boss is hitting back.
Transfers are not the only issue that some disgruntled Gooners and his critics in the football press have had with the Frenchman in recent years though. One of the major factors in so many Arsenal fans feeling it was time for a change of manager was that feeling that every season goes the same way and that a lack of motivation, ruthlessness or winning mentality hurt us at some period.
So for Arsenal to actually stand a chance of winning the EPL title that does need to be sorted out and in an interview on the Arsenal website our England international forward Theo Walcott suggests that the mood in the dressing room has changed for the better just as Wenger has.
He said, “It’s the closest we’ve ever been to be honest,” he told Arsenal.com. “You have players who come in and settle really, really quickly.
“I remember Mohamed [Elneny] coming in last year, not speaking too much English, but he got into it and his English is fantastic now. Nacho [Monreal] was the same when he came and he’s settled in really well. I think he’s English now!
“That’s what it’s about. The manager brings in players early before the tour, which is great because you need to bond with them and know what they’re like, on and off the pitch. It makes them feel at home.”
If the Arsenal fans are seeing that Wenger has changed and that he is going the right way to right the recent problems then surely the players will too, so will all this mean that the coming season will not be the same old story for the Gunners?