As opposed to waiting until seconds prior to the midnight hour on transfer deadline day before finalising the signing of Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal have simultaneously shocked supporters and broken the heart of Jim White by completing the deal a whole 53 days before the window’s closure.
After numerous high-profile time management horror shows during the squad-enhancement season, Arsene Wenger appears to have finally understood the importance of getting recruitment out of the way early doors.
The £35m signing of Chilean wide man Sanchez is expected to be supplemented by the imminent arrival of French right-back Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle, leaving the Gunners with only a few holes in their roster to fill.
A defensive-midfielder and goalkeeper are two more essential acquisitions, while there are probably a couple of centre-backs on the French coaches’ shopping list too, as well as a second striker.
Should Wenger tick all the objectives off of his summer scavenger hunt their 8/1 to hoist a fourth Premier League title next term would appreciate in value.
But what does the blockbuster signing of the explosive former Barcelona man mean for the current crop of Arsenal forwards?
The 25-year-old was at his most dangerous when deployed from the right last term, an office which has Theo Walcott’s name tacked to the door at the Emirates.
When fit, the devastating pace and laser-eye finishing of the England man are assets that the Gunners would be foolish not to utilise, meaning Sanchez’s arrival could see their search for a striker called off.
Olivier Giroud enjoyed an impressive season spearheading the Arsenal attack last time around, bagging 16 goals and laying on eight more, but with no one to share the workload with, he quickly ran out of gas.
Furthermore, the one-dimensional nature of his game meant it became easier for adversaries to counteract the Gunners’ Plan A in the final third and, with only like-for-like alternatives available, Plans B-Z weren’t a great deal different.
This could account for the heavy beatings they endured at the hands of Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton towards the end of the season.
Recalibrating Walcott as a striker, a position he has frequently voiced his desire to play in, could solve plenty of Wenger’s headaches in this department.