By Tony Attwood

Following the announcement about the breaking up of their scouting team, the media has been unsurprisingly quiet on the issue of what Arsenal are going to do about recruitment of young players in the future.   Unsurprisingly quiet, because working out what Arsenal’s plan is means undertaking a little bit of research and putting two and two together while trying not to make five – neither of which activity is something that the media or most bloggers know anything about.

To unravel this we must remember that about fifteen years ago Arsenal started to invest in digital analyses of player movements from matches around the world.  In this way the number of potential signings was quickly reduced to a handful of players from all over the world whose stats showed particular potential.