Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has hinted the North London outfit will follow Leicester City’s model of scouting the world for unidentified talents.
The Gunners have made just two signings so far this summer, with Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka arriving on a £35million deal from Borussia Monchengladbach and 21-year-old Japanese striker Takuma Asano from J-League club Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
Wenger failed to sign an outfield player last summer and squandered their best chance to win the league title as their traditional rivals also endured difficult campaigns.
Leicester City meanwhile shocked English football by winning their first league title in their 132-year history, having signed the likes of Christian Fuchs and N’Golo Kante
‘It’s how well you can identify talent. It’s how well you can develop talent. It’s how strong your club philosophy is. It’s how together you are as a football club, what your support services are like in the medical field, fitness, analytics, psychology. All of these things become differentiators,’ said Gazidis.
‘Leicester identified players from the French second division, so maybe there’s talent that we’ve been overlooking,” said Gazidis. “They did their talent identification [well], they had great unity within the group, as well as quality.
‘It wasn’t built on money. It was built on the great fitness work they did. It was built on all of these other elements. I think that’s going to be a continuing trend within the Premier League.’
A lack of activity in the transfer market has represented an auspicious start to the summer and with Arsenal already looking ill-prepared for a daunting looking opening run of Premier League fixtures, pressure is already growing on Wenger before a ball has been kicked in anger.
But Gazidis insists Wenger is the right man for the job and hinted he would stay beyond his current contract which expires this summer by revealing he is focused on long-term success.