Arsenal are planning on appointing a director of football during the summer to prevent a repeat of the contract controversy that has clouded their season. This is according to the Daily Mail and they report that one of the main responsibilities of the role will be to keep contracts up to date. They could do worse than following the example set by Tottenham, who continue to renew the contracts of key players at every possible opportunity. The successful candidate will also be asked to make the club more aggressive in the transfer window.
This could potentially cause a problem with Arsene Wenger as the Frenchman is famous for wanting to do everything at the club. However, the modern game is quick and ever-changing. It is no longer beneficial to have one man in charge of everything and the Arsenal manager needs assistance. If they appoint the right person, this could implement the positive change that the club have needed for years. Despite their lack of success this season, it is clear that the club won’t settle for being 6th in the Premier League and this would be a positive move if implemented correctly.
The Gunners have undergone a resurgence in recent weeks and three successive victories have provided the squad with positive momentum ahead of the North London derby this weekend. The change to a 3-4-2-1 has given the players a new lease of life and their renewed desire on the pitch is having a huge effect. Hector Bellerin is hoping that the team’s recent form has come at the perfect time to derail Tottenham’s title challenge. The Mirror report the following quotes from the right-back:
“There was good energy and good spirit and we’ve just got to keep it going into the weekend now,”
“It’s really important to get to those games with a good spirit and good mood in the dressing room and after these two last results, the team is in a great one and we’ve just got to keep it going.”
Bellerin is correct as momentum is crucial at this stage of the season and Arsenal have built the right kind with some excellent results. Although the performances haven’t been great, they are securing good results and that is all that matters during the run-in. The players will have more belief than they have for the majority of 2017 and they are coming into the match against Tottenham with belief. They must use it to their advantage.
Finally, the Evening Standard have an interesting article discussing the selection issue facing Arsenal this weekend as Arsene Wenger has yet to decide on his first-choice striker in the 3-4-2-1 formation. Against Leicester, they finished with Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil on the pitch. Since the loss to Crystal Palace, the Arsenal boss has been a lot more proactive in his tactics and he is trying new things out. This new side to the Frenchman can only be a positive heading into next season if he does stay as expected.
From the recent performance, Danny Welbeck has arguably been the most impressive of the striking options. He was excellent against Manchester City after coming on last weekend, while he was similarly lively against Leicester on Wednesday. It could be worth giving him another chance to impress in the North London derby. The other main option is Olivier Giroud, but the Frenchman performs much better as an impact sub rather than a starter.
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