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Arsene Wenger has proven the critics wrong

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Four months ago I caused a furore by saying that Ivan Gazidis should have terminated Arsène Wenger's contract, not massively extended it instead. Suffice to say that it didn't go down too well at the time, with several referrals to nearby mental asylums recommended.

I knew that I was being controversial, but as the summer dragged on, it looked like I was being proved right; and then Mesut Özil happened.

When Manchester United inexplicably passed on the chance to sign him, Wenger swooped and paid less than £50 million to sign the German genius.

Considering that Gareth Bale, "The World's Third/Fourth/Fifth/etc. Player" was signed for around £85 million, this must be one of the best ever transfers.

Maybe Cristiano Ronaldo has proven himself to be the 'best transfer ever', but Wenger has swept aside every transfer of the window bar THAT one and maybe saved his job.

And yet it goes deeper than that.

You see, while I was busy doubting Wenger's credentials, he was busy reaffirming them. Throughout pre-season, he was remoulding his Arsenal side - ever so slightly - to play to their strengths rather than their opponent's weaknesses. 

This is what has prompted the excellent form of late of Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud; Wenger has revitalised the careers of most of the players at Arsenal, even the returning Mathieu Flamini. 

But the work Wenger did was all behind the scenes during pre-season - and now that Wenger's hand is beginning to show, the competition could end up trailing massively by the end of the season.

This has been Wenger's best season since The Invincibles of 2003/04.

Sorry for doubting you, Arsène.

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