Wenger has been very reluctant in the modern transfer era to fork out big cash for players that he deems not worthy of the price paid, but he seems to have finally started ‘swimming with the sharks’ as the £42.5 million deal for Mesut Ozil shows.
It’s a transfer that some Arsenal fans may not have been expecting but one which creates a high number of exciting possibilities as Arsenal head into a potentially very big season.
The deal for Ozil would have caused Wenger to go against a lot of his natural tendencies in terms of transfers such as working more with agents to get the deal done before the transfer deadline.
He’s always been a boss that seems to prefer dealing directly with the source, rather than using middle men to hurry up to try and get a deal pushed through.
Now he’s broken through that barrier, it opens up the possibilities of the players Arsenal can attract and the sort of business they can do in January and next summer as a result.
Mentally, it’s also going to be a positive for the boss because it would not have been easy or enjoyable for him to go about his business in a different way but the point is he’s now over that.
If he’s now happier or more comfortable to use agents and middle men to get deals going and to see them through, it should make deals for big name players in the future much easier to pursue.
The objective for Arsenal this season is to be successful and to try and win something over the course of a long season.
A top four finish is the base aim because Arsenal now have a tremendous amount of cash available for players and a manager who is no longer afraid to spend big to get those players.
It’s impossible to predict Arsenal’s transfer activity ahead of January but they should be very busy next summer based on how the season pans out.
Wenger has never been one for doing too much business during the winter and that’s unlikely to change but Gunners fans can now expect some big signings, if the boss feels they are necessary, each time the summer transfer circus comes back around.
Had the deal for Ozil gone through at the start of the summer transfer window, subsequent deals for Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez may have been different because Wenger would have already broken his traditional transfer approach.
The biggest obstacle for Wenger now is going to be the expectation that he’s created within Arsenal fans.
He’s proven that he, and the club, are no longer afraid to pay tens of millions for a single player and fans are going to expect more of the same as rivals continue to react and signing players over the next few years.
In effect, there are no more excuses as to why Arsenal can’t get a player other than the fact he doesn’t want to join.
Do you expect Wenger to make regular big name signings from now on?
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