Over the years, Arsenal have gained a reputation of nurturing players from a very tender young age and making them into world class players. Their ability of developing such players has been visible in recent years, given the likes of Cesc Fabregas and now Jack Wilshere, and by the looks of it, youngsters like Serge Gnabry and Thomas Eisfeld are on to that same path.
Even though this approach is very noble, it has not managed to convert into success for the Gunners on the pitch, as their trophy drought still continues. Wenger then moved away from this policy and managed to bring in a big money signing in the form of Mesut Ozil on transfer Deadline Day, much to the delight of everyone associated with the club.
His arrival also made a huge impact as Arsenal are currently enjoying life at the top of the table and are playing beautiful football on a weekly basis. This led to suggestions that perhaps it is time for Wenger to shy away from the beliefs which he stuck on to so dearly all these years and look to bring in more big money signings in January and the coming summer.
However, the Frenchman has moved quickly to dismiss them as he clearly established a certain hierarchy of personnel acquisition and development at the club. He made it clear that firstly, the core of the club will be developed within the club itself, then second option will be to turn towards his exhaustive scouting system across the world to retrieve a gem from somewhere, and lastly would be to splash the money on proven world class players, as he did with Ozil.
Speaking about forming a strong nucleus from within the club, Metro report Wenger as saying, “The first level is continue to defend our style of play, our philosophy of play and our values,”
“That can only be done by developing our own players and the core of our team has to come from the development inside our club.”
Do you feel that this refined ideology of Wenger will help him deliver that much needed trophy at Arsenal after all these years? Is this finally, their year?