Paul Merson says Arsenal need to show they have learned from past mistakes in terms of transfers and playing contracts, but the club’s rebuilding is in full swing.
It’s been a busy January transfer window as Mikel Arteta continues to shape his Arsenal squad. Six first-team members, including former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, have left Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners return to the Premier League on Thursday as they take on in-form Wolves, but sky sports Specialist Merson believes they are in a good place with their exciting young squad and better times are ahead.
Read on for the full Magic Man column…
Arsenal’s reconstruction is in full swing…
Arsenal have been cleared. They haven’t had European football for the first time in I don’t know how many years, and they’ve settled down.
If you keep doing the same things, you get the same results. It’s the same with everything in life. It’s what Arsenal have been doing for too many years now, and finally they’ve drawn a line in the sand.
They changed everything by getting rid of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and other players, who won’t get you closer to the Premier League’s top four or even win the league.
It may take time now, but they started now and that’s a huge bonus. They have properly started the reconstruction now.
‘Consistency is key for the Gunners’
Arsenal bought very well last summer. Not a single player they bought last summer flopped. They have all been successful and they will now be working behind the scenes for next summer where they will again seek and secure the players they need.
This season, let’s see. They only have 17 games left and that’s a total of one game a week. They just need to have some consistency.
We were only talking a few weeks ago about them playing Manchester City out of the park.
Three weeks later and all of a sudden they can’t score at home against Burnley and except at the last minute they never seemed to score.
So it’s the inconsistency and over time these young players will learn to be more consistent.
These players now know they are going to play. These young players will be better for another 17 league games and next season instead of being nine out of 10 one week and five out of 10 another, we will start to see seven out of 10 and eight out of 10 more regularly.
That’s all you need. You need consistency and then you have players who can win you games. At the flick of a switch.
“Arsenal must show they have learned from past mistakes”
I think things are really positive for Arsenal at the moment. What they did can only be considered good for the club.
Now, if Alexandre Lacazette scores 10 goals before the end of the season, they can’t get lazy and just give him a new contract worth £250,000 a week thinking it could be his season next season. However, for me, Lacazette has had its day at Arsenal. Whatever he does by the end of the season, he got his chance at the Emirates Stadium.
What Arsenal need to start doing now is work on not letting happen what has happened too many times in the past when, as an Arsenal fan, you watch these bright young stars in action. , and then suddenly you see in the press that they only have one year left on their contracts.
This can no longer happen. They must continue to complete player contracts. They have good young players and they have to respect their contracts. They can’t get lazy and make players solve their contracts and end up leaving for free.
They need to show they have learned from past mistakes and link these players to play their best years at Arsenal.
They have a good young squad and if you can add a few more quality signings for next season I think there are happier times ahead for Arsenal. Positive times are around the corner.