Yeah, and tbh, while Koscielny was a fantastic recognition of talent that he and his scouting team deserve loads of credit for for recognising and signing and putting faith in, on the development end it’s a bit of a reach to call it down to Wenger his improvement from since he got here. It’s been a slow, steady progression, one that seems likely to have happened under any manager that–as I say, giving full credit to Wenger for this part–was willing to deposit the faith in him that Wenger has.
Nacho Monreal, @Maxi_Gooner , I really have no idea how you can give Wenger credit for his development. He was signed already well into his prime and is the same player he was when we signed him, a very good LB, a good signing.
Same with Alexis, really, I don’t see any real tangible evolution in his game, it’s always been in his locker to play the role he is playing now–it’s not like we’ve seen some significant change in his movement off the ball, or discipline in that role, Wenger just finally, through necessity really, had some patience with the experiment and Alexis really is just doing his Alexis thing except through the centre…coming deep to get the ball whenever he can, moving around in the channels mostly, doing his 360s with the ball haha, etc.
I remember when Özil was signed, and then I still had a maximum belief in Wenger’s ability to absolutely maximise the talent of artists like Özil. Tbh there hasn’t been the same evolution/maximisation I would’ve hoped. Mainly because of the players he’s surrounded him with. For four years I’ve been calling for a dynamic, mobile striker who can combine with Özil at the same level. The season before we signed Alexis I was desperately calling for us to sign Griezmann and play him as our CF. We signed Alexis and I was very pleased thinking that the same plan would be there for Alexis. It’s taken four years…