So this is really weird to me.
I was thinking about this this evening, after @Arsenal4thetreble posted the Moley Mole tweet about Meyer, Alderweireld, Horn etc.
It’s pretty clear that after the Aubameyang saga etc. that Wenger does not have 100% control of the signings that we make any more. But for how long has he not had control?
Think about it. How many of our recent signings have been relative duds that, for all intents and purposes, haven’t really worked out? How many times do we see posts on here and other forums talking about how Wenger doesn’t really know how to use these new players he keeps signing?
Maybe he doesn’t know how to use these players because they’re not players he wants or knows how to use.
Xhaka, Mustafi, Gabriel, Lacazette, Elneny. None of these signings seem like Wenger signings AT ALL. Cazorla, Nasri, Ozil, Fabregas, Arshavin, Koscielny, Giroud, those are Wenger signings.
The former seem like StatDNA/Moneyball Statistical Analysis based signings where you’re buying them because some software said they have really good X90pg or whatever. Our football started going to TOTAL shit around the same time we started making those Elneny StatDNA type signings (about 2 seasons ago).
Wenger used to get a lot of shit for signing super agile, technical players like Cazorla, Nasri, Arshavin etc. but when we were signing players like that we were still playing great, amazing football.
Is it possible that Gazidis took over/played a much more significant role in transfers and started making signings that Wenger neither wanted and wasn’t sure how to play or utilise?
It could explain the significant drop off in our style of football as we haven’t played our attractive style of football for some time yet. Even Sanchez didn’t really feel like a TRUE Wenger signing. The last Wenger signing feels like Ozil/Monreal to be honest.
I wouldn’t be too surprised too find out that Gazidis pulled rank on Wenger in the last few seasons and has relied on scouts and Stats geeks whispering in his ear, making Xhaka/Gabriel/Mustafi/Elneny style signings and completely neutering Wenger’s managerial play style.
I know Wenger is past it but it is a HUGE drop off all of a sudden, more than you’d expect even with how poorly we were doing 2-3 seasons ago. And to then extend Wenger’s contract, if you’re taking his power away and he can’t work with the signings you’re making for him what’s the fucking point?