What Women’s Soccer Can Learn From Arsenal FC
As the stature of women’s football continues to grow steadily, lessons can always be learnt from how their male counterparts have improved their various leagues, teams and infrastructure over the years.
In this feature article, we are going to look at a Premier League team that is currently doing everything right on and off the pitch to safeguard its future. We’ll also look at the lessons that can be learnt and transcended across women’s soccer.
Live within your means
Arsenal are one of the most financially sound clubs currently plying their trade in the English Premier League. They have an extremely healthy bank balance and manager Arsene Wenger never spends money if he feels it will go against the club’s policies. The club lives within its means, and although last season saw the high profile signing of Alexis Sanchez, it still posted a sizeable profit that meant they could again go out and spend money if needed, this transfer window.
Keep faith with management
Manager Arsene Wenger is now in his 20th year in charge of the Gunners. He’s been a revelation since taking charge in 1996, introducing cutting-edge methods to the English game. His fresh approach had an instant impression on Arsenal and it wasn’t long before he lifted the Premier League trophy with the London-based side. But the board of directions confidence in Wenger has never waned, and arguably that’s why the club has been so successful over the years.
Free flowing football
Arsenal’s free flowing football has meant the club has been recognized the world over as one of the best attacking sides in Europe. They break in a split second, and their artistry in position is a joy to watch. Implementing such philosophies has helped the Arsenal brand garner global reach, and has been a contributing factor as to why the club posts such sizeable profits each year.
A good youth system for sustainability
Wenger has imposed a sense of sustainability in the Arsenal ranks since his appointment back in the 90s. He radically changed the way they scouted the best new talent and instilled a huge emphasis on signing players between the ages of 16-18-years-old from across Europe. They built youth team accommodation at the Emirates Stadium, and many of the Premier League teams followed Arsenal’s blueprint when it came to acquiring the best wonderkids Europe had to offer.
Although the Gunners haven’t lifted the Premier League since 2003/04 they consistently finish in the top 4 and compete for other domestic and European honors. As a club, they are the perfect model for any fledgling team to replicate. Many experts feel that their best years are ahead of them, as they have now got the financial footing to compete with the biggest teams in the Europe.
Arsenal’s reputation now precedes them as a football club that operate as a business, and in today’s world, this means that they are now a formidable force in world football. Their business model should be viewed by all women’s teams and admired, as with UEFA’s latest financial fair play rules, the need to operate a football club inline with their rules is as important as the results on the pitch.
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