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Arsene Wenger transfer policy has been laid bare by a super agent who worked with him in the past.
Wenger’s approach in the transfer market has been questioned by fans and pundits in recent years, he has often been criticized for his unwillingness to spend big on players. The boss refused to join the trend of paying exorbitant fees in the transfer market and that has somehow limited his chances of acquiring top players.
Wenger has always stressed he will not pay above what he thinks is a player’s market value and the club missed out on many of its targets as a result
The boss has also been able to sign some quality players in recent years and super agent John Smith who worked with Wenger has revealed how the club actually get their deals done.
According to Smith via the Daily Star, Arsenal analyses players based on stats. Every pass, sprint, shot, assist and goal a player makes is taken note of by the club and it is crucial to its transfer policy.
Smith believes the system should be scrapped as scouting has gone beyond assessing players base on stats. In his new book titled The Deal, Smith said:
“Since Stan Kroenke took a majority shareholding in the club, they have created matrices for players, a bit like Moneyball.
“And if a player doesn’t quite meet all the criteria, the matrix tells them not to offer more than a certain amount.
“That is what Arsene means when he talks about value.
“Since 2013 Arsenal have used a performance comparison system to help identify and assess players.
“Chief financial officer Stuart Wisely’s role is to model the financial impacts of of the various decisions Arsenal have to make.
“Four years ago they bought a company called StatDNA in Chicago, which owns an operation in Cambodia where they crunch every conceivable number relating to a footballer.
“There are occasions where it will cause them to re-examine a candidate who has been scouted but senior figures at the club believe the data can remove doubts that they might otherwise have had or encourage them to sign a player under-scouted by their rivals.”
Arsenal have made a number of good signings in recent years and it appears this system of analysing targets is perfectly working well for the club.
Arsenal’s problem is not with identifying the right player but signing them. The club were once linked with the likes of Lionel Messi and Eden Hazard but missed out on them for different reasons. We will love to see more ambition from the club by spending big on top players.