Grzegorz Krychowiak. Whilst it would be one hell of achievement if I could learn how to spell his name by the end of this article, a seemingly bigger achievement would be for Arsene Wenger to realise that the keys to the title and an untarnished legacy may lie in the hands of a powerful central midfielder.
Krychowiak has been relentlessly linked with Arsenal since his Sevilla days, yet, as of earlier today, he was posing merrily with a blue and white stripped shirt, following hastily in the footsteps of former Gunner Kieran Gibbs. If anybody had taken odds on which team both players would kick off the 17/18 season for a year prior, the Baggies would have surely been a long shot.
As it happens, that is exactly what has transpired and when the two teams face off towards the end of September, there is every chance at this moment in time that the Albion may head into that fixture as favourites. An unbeaten start to the season, combined with some shrewd, if not perhaps a little risky, business in the transfer window is in stark contrast to chaotic pantomime that is Arsenal in 2017.
History dictates that in a months time, the dust will likely have settled and the normal order should be more or less resumed. On this occasion however, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the brink of a move to Liverpool and Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil seemingly uncommitted to the cause, the uncertainty surrounding the once Invincible Arsenal suggests a world could possibly exist where a Tony Pulis side could genuinely finish above one of France’s most famous managers.