We all love a good debate about who we should and shouldn’t sign.
Every time we are linked with a player, there are some who want him, and some who think he is the wrong man.
Bernd Leno is on who has split the opinion.
I have seen some say that at 26 and with 300+ games, he is the type of experience keeper that we need – whilst still having youth on his side.
That having played so many games, of course he will have some mistakes on his show real.
There are others who point at that there are reasons behind him not being with Germany at the World Cup. That he is not much better than David Ospina.
Both sides probably have a valid argument. And ultimately they are opinions built on having probably seen him no more than 20-30 times.
Some are calling for Jack Butland. A player those in England have seen a lot more than them Leno. But he also has errors to his game. He scored a ridiculous own goal against Leicester last season:
Ultimately, you could put forward a case for and against buying both.
My opinion on those coming in is fairly simple.
In Raul Sanllehi, Sven Mislintat and Unai Emery, we have a new axis of power at Arsenal. And we need to have faith in what they are doing, and who they are signing.
Sanllehi held a similar role at Barcelona.
Whilst in Spain, he was directly involved in some of biggest transfers in Europe.
He was the man who bought Neymar to Barcelona and in 2014 led the talks to sign Luis Suarez. He also helped bring in Ivan Rakitic and Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
You then have Mislintat. Bought in from Borussia Dortmund to oversee recruitment.
He is credited with creating the pipeline of young talent at Dortmund which has produced the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Shinji Kagawa and Ousmane Dembele.
He is one of Europe’s most respected player recruitment experts.
It was Mislintat that brought Aubameyang and Henrik Mkhitaryan to Arsenal. He also returned to his old club to sign Sokratis.
Having spent all of his career in the Bundesliga (and being German), you have to think he has watched Leno more times than an Arsenal fan. He is the expert.
Finally we come to Unai Emery. After Pep Gaurdiola, he is the most successful manager in European football in recent years.
Having won 3 Europa League’s in a row with Sevilla, he went to PSG where he won 5 trophies in 2 seasons.
At Sevilla he had to work to a budget. Developing talented players, improving them. Organising them. Making the whole greater than the individual.
In the move to PSG, he dealt with the bigger egos. Edison Cavani. Neymar.
He has had success everywhere he has been.
Maybe we as fans need to forget about the past and look at the future.
Trust in the new men that they know what they are doing. Back who they are bringing in.
Also back whose contracts they are renewing (and whose they are not). I saw one idiot claim that he wanted Granit Xhaka to “break his legs at the World Cup” moments after his new contract was announced.
Let’s get back to supporting The Arsenal. Backing the team. Giving the new men a chance and trusting their decisions.
And if you are unable to do so, maybe it is you that is the problem, not Arsenal.