There is no doubt that Arsenal have changed their transfer and contract strategy ever since Mikel Arteta took charge at the club. The club were constantly losing star players on a free transfer. On top of that, the club had various different underperforming star players on mega contracts.
Ever since Mikel Arteta took over the club, they have invested heavily in youngsters. The Spanish manager has given game time to young academy prospects. While the recruitment team has only recruited younger players rather than megastars.
The club was known for its ability to always finish in the top four of the Premier League. Legendary manager Arsène Wenger always made sure that the club qualified for the Champions League. Qualification to the Champions League helps the financial side of the game a lot. The Gunners qualify for the Champions League for 19 successive seasons between 1998–99 and 2016–17.
The club have not qualified for the Champions League in 5 years now. The club even missed out on European football this term after 8th in the Premier League table. But no European football this term has helped the club to potentially make a return to Champions League football at the end of the season. The Gunners are currently the favorites to finish 4th in the league table at the end of the season.
Gametime for Arsenal academy prospects
Mikel Arteta has trusted academy graduates the likes of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe from his first day at the club. The young duo have in turn repaid the manager’s trust with exceptional performances on the pitch. The manager has also promoted many academy graduates into the first team. He has also given debuts to young stars, the likes of Folarin Balogun, Ben Cottrell, Miguel Azeez, and Charlie Patino. Arteta’s trust in the youngsters has built a culture at the club. With the academy graduates having a clear pathway into the first team.
Changes to the recruitment system
Arteta has seen a complete overhaul to his squad in the past couple of windows. He has sold underperforming stars on mega salaries to the likes of Mesut Özil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. While the summer signings Takehiro Tomiyasu, Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga, and Martin Odegaard are all young but also ready to compete at the top of the game. Gabriel Martinelli is also another examber of the brilliant business done by the club in recent times. The youngster has really shined this term and looks set to be the left-winger for the club for years to come.
Mikel Arteta is certainly getting the Premier League giant back on track to glory. The gunners are once again on the right track for the summer as they are targeting a young striker to lead the line in the summer transfer window.
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