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Arsene Wenger

For Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to succeed a change of philosophy is in order, says commentator and analyst Stan Collymore.

When Arsenal were at their mightiest in the modern era and at their dominating best, they went a season undefeated and contained technically-adept and physically-strong athletes such as Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry.

The difference between that Gunners side and the current one, even though they are professiorially managed by the same man - Arsene Wenger - is that they lack enough "streetfighters" to have made the transition from Premier League title challengers to winners, claims Stan Collymore in his Bleacher Report column,

Instead, they have failed to maintain their push for an elusive domestic crown and dropped into a top four dogfight with an in-form Everton breathing down their necks.

What changes are needed?

Here Is The City recently identified a number of areas where Wenger could have avoided embarrassing Arsenal this season after suffering heavy and humbling losses to Manchester City, Liverpool and, most recently, Chelsea.

Those changes included tweaking their fitness training and recovery periods so that the numerous muscular injuries that have ravaged the squad throughout the season are reduced while also enforcing tactical training, akin to the lecture/seminar sessions utilised by elite-level teams such as Barcelona, in order to prepare them for the opponent ahead rather than focusing on a one-dimensional way of playing.

Collymore and Bleacher Report suggest other areas Wenger can make Arsenal successful.

However, it requires a change of philosophy.

"Arsenal don't need a new manager; they need Arsene Wenger to become a new man. He needs to go from being a dreamer to a pragmatist, and revisit the past to understand how he earned his reputation."

Part of that philosophical change may have begun last summer, when the Frenchman reassessed his transfer policy to recruit Real Madrid megastar Mesut Ozil in a surprising £42.4m acquisition.

Wenger should by no means rest on that sole big-money signing as he should follow that up with the purchase of a player he once described as an "animal" - Atletico Madrid's consistently threatening hitman, Diego Costa.

"Wenger could start by signing a powerful striker—somebody in the mould of Diego Costa, who'll sweat blood for the team and put himself about," said Collymore, who also believes Wenger needed the exact player who ended up striding out in Chelsea colours from January, this year - Nemanja Matic.

"Arsenal also need a Matic type in midfield to set the tone and make them hard to beat."

Reminiscing over the Invincibles, Collymore added: "If Wenger needs inspiration he should watch the clip of Keown jumping around wildly in front of Ruud van Nistelrooy at Old Trafford. Arsenal had a mean streak back then.

"To be successful, they need to discover it again, and Wenger needs to fundamentally change his outlook," concluded Collymore.

The Bleacher Report scribe clearly believes blood and sweat are mandatory requirements for successful title charges but if Wenger does not change his philosophy there can only really be one question - will there be tears?

To watch Bleacher Report's recent Hangout involving Stan Collymore, click here.

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