With Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all changing managers for the season ahead, do Arsenal hold an advantage over their rivals?
A host of premier league clubs have swapped managers over the course of the summer and one thing that can be said for Arsenal is the stability in the dugout.
As well known in football, it takes time for a team to gel when a new manager is appointed. Different managers have different playing styles and players take time to adjust to that style, a feat made even more difficult with new players coming in. What follows a new managerial appointment is a period of uncertainty.
As for Arsenal? The same manager for the 17th consecutive season gives them an outright advantage over the rest of the top four who will undoubtedly be competing for the top honours again this season.
The stability at the club could allow them to perform similarly to last term and begin where they left off.
However, the lack of spending is what counteract this advantage, and force it the opposite way. Seeing top transfer target Gonzalo Higuain join Napoli and with deals for Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez seemingly dead in the water, Arsenal, from the outside looking in, appear to be in a vulnerable position.
Trialist Sebastian Perez impressed Arsene Wenger during pre-season, and did enough to be offered a deal. However much comparable to Arsenal's luck with transfers over the years, he wasn't allowed a work permit.
This has been the case for Arsenal in the past with the likes of Yaya Toure. One doesn't need to look to far to see what he's gone on to achieve.
Given this is generally considered Arsenal's best chance in recent years to end their eight-year barren spell, this final fortnight of the transfer window could prove vital into how this season shapes up for the Gunners.
The previously promised 'marquee signings' don't look probable, but signings must happen, and fast.
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