Mikel Arteta spent £75 million on Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko, two players who bring a winning mindset and hunger to the already strong core that Arsenal already possessed.
At the Emirates on Saturday, there was a clear divide between the wealthy and the poor. Leicester makes due with last year's models from which the luster has been worn off despite having shiny new toys and the joy and freshness that brings.
After spending several seasons at Manchester City as the secondary striker, Jesus is now embracing his position as the primary striker. The Brazilian also gives the impression of wanting to push both his own and his new teammates' limits.
The quick-thinking, slight back-lift chip that gave Arsenal the lead was executed with the kind of sincerity of expression you see from a player who is aware that if it misses, he won't be rotated back out of the starting lineup.
He also showed off his obvious talent for playing through the middle with a spin around Jonny Evans in a one-on-one battle, not to mention his poacher's header that made it 2-0. Add in two lay-offs for Granit Xhaka and Gabriel Martinelli to score Arsenal’s other goals. None of it surprised Zinchenko, who had seen Jesus at close quarters at the City.
“He was good today." I know during all the years I’ve spent with him that he’s an incredible player, always hungry for goals which is the best quality as a striker. He doesn’t stop at all, and I’m so happy for him.
“The team is always first for him and the club is always in front of any individual thing." I never had any doubts about him. You can only look at his numbers and how he works, along with his attitude every day in training.
“He’s an example." He’s still young. Everyone needs to improve, but he still has a lot of quality. His progress is unbelievable. "
Already, comparisons are being made with Arsenal strikers of more glorious times.
It’s difficult to compare him with Dennis Bergkamp or Thierry Henry. I’m not the guy who can judge that. As a kid, I was a massive fan of that Arsenal team. There were lots of good players: Bergkamp, Henry, Fabregas, etc.
But that was a different team. Football is growing at a different level. It is much faster now and you make decisions quicker. "