There was a time that Arsenal would target young players and give more experienced players a wide berth but that is no longer the case and it is not a new phenomenon either.
So far this summer Arsenal have made the following signings:
Lucas Torreira, 22
Bernd Leno, 26
Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 30
Mattéo Guendouzi, 19
Stephan Lichtsteiner, 34
One teenager, one aged 22 and three players aged 26, 30 and 34, so an average age of 26.2.
Now, let us look at last season:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 28
Alexandre Lacazette, 26
Konstantinos Mavropanos, 20
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 29
Sead Kolasinac, 24
Not a single teenager. The youngest signing being 20 and the rest aged 24, 26, 28 and 29, giving an average age of 25.5.
If we go back a little further, there is Petr Cech (33), Lucas Perez (27) and the legendary Kim Källström (31), amongst others.
You have to go back to 2011/12 to find the last time that a significant number of new signings were teenagers. That was the season that saw the following signings.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 17
Carl Jenkinson, 19
Joel Campbell, 19
Thomas Eisfeld, 19
Of course, Arsenal bring through many youngsters from their academy but so do many other clubs and for the most part, the Gunners then loan these youngsters out, again the same as many other top clubs.
Arsenal have not been buying teenagers and players for the future as was once their modus operandi. In fact, their most bitter rivals Tottenham are far more likely to be buying young players in comparison to Arsenal.
This is not a criticism of Arsenal’s transfer policy, more a confirmation that the signings this summer are in line with what the Gunners have been doing in the transfer market for the last decade or so.
All transfer info sourced from Transfermarkt.co.uk