Arsene Wenger is the longest serving manager currently in the English top flight after joining the north London club back in 1996. The Frenchman’s philosophy has always been based around bringing through as much young talent as possible and not tinkering with his squad too much.
The 29 year old, who returned to Arsenal on a free transfer in the summer, feels that Wenger’s approach sets the Gunners apart from their fellow Premier League clubs.
Speaking to the Arsenal official website, he said:
For me it’s not been complicated to be part of the team because the philosophy is still the same here.
We still think the same way, we still play the same way and that’s because of Arsène Wenger. For me coming back here was like I never left. The difference to other teams is maybe the stability.
When you look at other teams like Chelsea and Manchester City, you can see a lot of players coming in and coming out.
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I would say that’s the main difference between Arsenal and other teams. I really believe that in football, stability is very important because it gives you continuity.
The Gunners have their best chance of winning the Premier League this season, as all the other traditionally top 4 clubs have changed their managers which has lead to a period of transition. However, Arsenal who have a stable institution under the guidance of Arsene Wenger have taken advantage and lead the Premier League table by 2 points.
The Gunners also didn’t have any major departures this summer and the team was quite settled from the onset with the acquisitions of Mathieu Flamini and Mesut Ozil, along with the scintillating form of Aaron Ramsey giving the team a massive lift. Arsenal, with last weekends blip against Manchester United aside, have been on a fine run of form since opening day loss to Aston Villa.
If the Gunners can maintain their level of consistency all season long then they have a genuine shot at silverware. Although some may say it’s too early to draw a conclusion, if the injured players return to action shortly and the current squad continue their hard work and continue to develop as a unit then it will be difficult to dislodge Arsenal at the top.
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