Unai Emery has changed everything at Arsenal. Despite only having been at the club for a few months, the Spaniard has transformed the team, both on the field and off of it.
In truth, Emery has been able to make more of an impact over the last few months than Arsene Wenger was able to make for years, and that speaks volumes of what he’s been able to achieve.
It’s not all been down to him, though. Transfers have been a huge help, and the man that’s been responsible for much of that action is Sven Mislintat. Since swapping Germany for London, the impact that he’s had on the squad has been very significant.
He’s been able to bring in a number of players that have since had tremendous impacts. Like Emery, he hasn’t been in the job for very long, but he’s already been able to achieve more than Arsene Wenger was able to in the years prior.
Indeed, he’s even been able to solve a problem that plagued Wenger season after season. Arsenal have lacked a ball-winning, aggressive midfielder for years, and Wenger has never been able to solve that. He certainly tried, with the likes of Granit Xhaka and Abou Diaby moving to the Emirates over the years, but neither player has been able to replicate the form of someone like Patrick Viera.
However, whilst his Arsenal career may only have been a few months old, Lucas Torreira looks to be the perfect fit, and Mislintat deserves so much credit for finding him.
The Chief Scout has not only brought in extra bodies to Arsenal, but he’s brought in players of immense quality that fit perfectly into the system. Under Wenger, there was a sense that players were being brought in and Wenger was trying to fit them all in; but the strategy has changed now, it seems.
Torreira quickly emerged as a target when Unai Emery arrived, and he’s proven to be the ideal acquisition. Whilst Wenger stumbled, Mislintat has moved quickly to bring in what he needs. It’s a similar story elsewhere on the field, too, with the signings of players like Sokratis and Matteo Guendouzi, but Torreira perhaps highlights this more clearly than any other.
It’s a new era at Arsenal, and the scouting team and management team are finally on the same page.