Even though the Arsenal fans have been asking for Arsene Wenger to spend more money on signing big name players in every transfer window for years, the Frenchman has often spoken about the balance of a team and a squad of players. To be fair to him the Gunners have often proved us wrong and him right, for a time at least.
It has never been enough for Arsenal to win the Premier League title, though, because the team’s performances have never been consistent enough. We have had strong starts, strong finishes and strong middle parts to seasons but the general consensus is that the attitude or the winning mentality has been lacking and we go through a period where the players fold under pressure.
That is why I think that maybe the most important signing of the summer for Arsenal has been our former number one Jens Lehmann, who as well as bringing great experience to the coaching role has a drive and determination to win that is just what the squad needs.
As reported by The Mirror, the German who refused to celebrate after his late penalty save saw Arsenal reach the Champions League final because just getting there was not enough, has already been questioning the current players about why the form that saw us beat Chelsea to win the FA cup was not on show at the crucial stage of the league campaign.
Lehmann will not let anyone hide or get away with anything less than full focus and effort, so could that help Arsenal to finally put a complete season together and lift the EPL trophy next May?