Arsenal went through a rough period of signing players from rival clubs, and they were seen as something of a laughing stock for taking players past their peak. The likes of David Luiz and Willian were signed from Chelsea as the Blues then went looking for better replacements, and Arsenal were stuck chasing stars deemed surplus elsewhere.
If reports are true that Erling Haaland is on his way to City, then perhaps Jesus is left searching for a new club too. But it is very much a different circumstance to their previous business, and it shows that Arteta’s ‘process’ is underway.
Similarly to Manchester United, Arsenal have struggled in the absence of their legendary manager, as fans realised just how good a job Arsene Wenger was doing when it was too late. And since then, Unai Emery and even Arteta have failed to impress.