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Report shares two Arsenal successes Ineos want Man United to copy as Ten Hag stays

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Not so long ago, Manchester United and Arsenal were almost alligned as the Premier League’s very own ‘Banter Brothers’.

One messes up, the other follows suit, and vice versa. Big-money signings flopping on an almost annual basis, very highly-rated managers doing their proverbial nut in trying to shake a sleeping giant from their slumber, and success proved perenially elusive.

So how have Arsenal moved so far clear of Manchester United? How have Arsenal got their house in order while the other half of this ‘Chuckle brother’ pairing continues to slip over banana skins and trip head first into the nearest custard pie?

Arsenal’s transformation from eternal underachievers to bonafide Premier League challengers owes much to the excellent work done behind the scenes, not only by Mikel Arteta but a well-run recruitment department headed up by Edu Gaspar.

Arsenal, as much as it pains us to say it, are probably the example Man United need to follow if the Premier League’s fiercest rivalry is to hit the big time again.

Jim Ratcliffe (Proprietaire OGC Nice) during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Nice and Paris at Allianz Riviera on May 15, 2024 in Nice, France.

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Manchester United bosses take note of Arsenal success

According to The Independent, Man United’s new Ineos decision makers took a very close look at Arsenal’s progress under Arteta and Edu when conducting a detailed end-of-season review. The Gunners horrific 2020/21 campaign was one Ineos took a particular interest in.

Arsenal finished eighth that season – the same spot Man United ended up in last term – with Arteta spending almost the entirety of that year facing questions over his suitability for the top job at the Emirates Stadium.

The Independent noted the patience and the backing Arsenal gave to Arteta, and will now be hoping that Erik ten Hag can thrive in similar circumstances at Old Trafford after confirming that the Dutchman would be staying on.

The report adds that Ineos noted how Arteta has turned Arsenal from a team of overpaid, underachiving veteran players into a young, hungry and ever-improving roster. Between 2020 and 2021, Arsenal removed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, David Luiz, Soktratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi, Willian, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil off an eye-watering wage bill.

In their place came, amonfst others, Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes and Martin Odegaard.

Revolution begins at Old Trafford

Man United, announcing the departures of Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial at the start of this month, appear to be kick-starting a similar rejuvination of the playing squad. Christian Eriksen and Casemiro are also likely to depart, with new director Jason Wilcox now spearheading a recruitment team which – like Edu’s at Arsenal – will put extra focus on future superstars rather than fading superstars.

Among United’s leading targets are Jarrad Branthwaite (21), Michael Olise (22), Joao Neves (19) and Joshua Zirkzee (23), with Ineos chief Sir Jim Ratcliffe spelling out what supporters can expect from a club desperate to learn from the mistakes of the Glazer era.

“I would rather sign the next (Kylian) Mbappe rather than spend a fortune buying success,” Ratcliffe told the Geraint Thomas Cycling Club podcast, the days of United splashing out on Alexis Sanchez and Cristiano Ronaldo behind them.

“It’s not that clever buying Mbappe. Anyone could figure that one out. More challenging is to find the next Mbappe or next Jude Bellingham or next Roy Keane.”

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