Three years on, Arsenal have changed drastrically from club legend’s influence – Opinion


Three years ago today, Arsenal’s history changed for the future as Arsene Wenger announced that he was going to step down as manager of Arsenal.

It was an emotional day for people associated with both the north London giants and football as the sport mourned the loss of one of the greats.

However, three years on from his departure from the club, how much of the Frenchman’s legacy remains at the Emirates Stadium?

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Well, from a squad point of view, nothing much has changed with the Gunners struggling in the Premier League on a worse scale as under the former manager. It could be argued with the club sitting in ninth place in the league, the need for a rebuild of the squad is greater than it ever was under Wenger.

Than there was the principles laid out by the great man, which not only influenced day-to-day activity at the club, but, also across the whole of English football.

His style of play has not only continued during his absence, however, has been taken to the next level with Mikel Arteta having included a more aggressive pressing game to the passing style implemented by the FIFA leader.

But, there has been a change in how the north London giants approach the transfer market three years after Wenger left. Under the former coach, the club rarely dealt with some agents with the 71-year-old having placed in solitary charge of transfers.

That was changed under Unai Emery, who was labelled as head coach upon his arrival in N5 as the Spaniard worked alongside Raul Sanllehi and Sven Mislintat during his managerial stint.

However, that has once again switched back to something similar under Wenger as Arteta’s role was changed to ‘manager’ prior to the start of this season. Alongside Edu, the former Manchester City assistant enjoys a lot of control over the football side of things.

Wenger’s departure has seen a lot of change in north London, and some of it not so good. Three managers since he left is a show of how bad the Reds are doing and the announcement Arsenal will be entering the European Super League shows any good principle followed the legend out of the door.

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