David Moyes has proven in his long tenure at Everton that he is an elite manager through shrewd signings and his team always giving their all.
This may not be a 'sexy' pick to replace Arsene Wenger but with the increased funding he will get to spend at the north London club, Moyes could work wonders.
One thing that people praise Wenger for is his ability to find and develop young talent. However, Moyes for the most part has done this better than Wenger. Also, Moyes has managed to find great talent at minuscule prices.
Leighton Baines for £6 million, Phil Jagielka for £4 million and Joleon Lesoctt for £5 million. Those three players will probably all be in the England national team for the 2014 World Cup. Oh, don't forget Mikel Arteta and Tim Cahill too, signed for a combined total of just £4 million.
Now, I know what many Arsenal fans will say. "We like to play good passing football" and "we don't need a tough manager such as Moyes." But eight years without a trophy for Arsenal is not due to their lack of quality, but their lack of drive and commitment. We all know that's exactly what the Scot brings to the table.
However, would Moyes really be upgrading by going to the Gunners? Everton are currently only two points behind them but could be looking to sell their superstar players such as Baines and Marouane Fellaini over the summer. This is what Moyes wants to know before he commits to a new contract. He wants to know who will be sold and how much money he'll have to spend. If Everton owner Bill Kenwright can't promise to keep their star players, Moyes can't be expected to start all over again.
At Arsenal, Moyes would be given much more money to spend. He has proven that he can spend big money well, when he bought Fellaini for £25 million. At the heart of Wenger's sides struggles this year has been their porous defence. Moyes would tighten that up immediately and may be able to persuade Baines to come with him to north London to immediately fill their hole at left-back. He would also reunite with former Evertonian, Mikel Arteta.
It may be difficult for some fans to let a club legend such as Wenger leave but at the end of the day, change is needed to move foward. The top sides in the world know how to get physical when needed and when to play good football.
I believe that from Arsenal's point of view a manager that would make them more aggressive, has such a good record in bringing top quality talent and creating a 'team-first' mentality in the locker room is what's needed going forward.
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