With Arsenal set to revamp its “Football Intelligence” unit, following the promotion of Edu to the club’s first sporting director, Jason Ayto will become Arsenal’s assistant sporting director, with James Ellis stepping up to be head of recruitment.
These changes are part of a process of solidifying existing structures, following the majority of existing Arsenal scouts being made redundant in the summer of 2020.
The club has been praised for its effective and intelligent recruitment, with additions such as Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale, and Takehiro Tomiyasu having exceeded expectations.
The changes are considered evolutionary steps rather than revolutionary ones and, of course, led to one of the best pieces of transfer business we’ve seen…
Leandro Trossard’s impact
Leandro Trossard has had a significant impact on Arsenal’s attack since his introduction to the starting XI, with the Belgian providing versatility and adaptability.
His role as a false nine has allowed him to move across the final third and provide support, which has resulted in an uptick of goals for Gabriel Martinelli. The Brazilian has scored six Premier League goals since Trossard arrived, having scored seven before.
Trossard has contributed one goal and six assists in 12 appearances for the Gunners and his impact has been compared to that of Gabriel Jesus, who provided similar benefits to Arsenal’s attack earlier in the season.
Trossard’s hat-trick of assists against Fulham is further proof of his influence, and his introduction to the team looks like a shrewd piece of business for Arsenal’s board.
Jorginho shuts up his doubters
Jorginho’s impact on Arsenal has been widely praised following his January move from Chelsea.
When Thomas Partey was out injured, Jorginho impressed as his deputy despite serious doubts over his ability in large sections of the Arsenal fan base.
The signing has provided cover and competition in the defensive midfield position, with Jorginho averaging more passes than Partey per 90 minutes, playing more through balls, making more ball carries over 10 metres, and making more interceptions.
Arteta now has another quality option in midfield thanks to a smart piece of January business, with Jorginho proving to be a great player who adds quality to Arsenal’s squad.