Organisational change also continues apace at Arsenal and, after a quiet January following significant spending in the previous two transfer windows, a very important summer is clearly looming both for Emery and Sven Mislintat’s replacement as technical director.
A return to the Champions League remains feasible amid what is likely to be a straight contest with Chelsea and Manchester United to finish fourth. “We have obviously been through a period of change following a manager leaving after 22 years,” says Josh. “A lot of things come along with a transition of that magnitude. We knew this would be a process and, overall, I think we are pleased with our progress.
“I think if you look at where we were 12 months ago, you can see we were probably transitioning towards a North American or continental European model where there is a lot of support around the head coach. That job is so massive. You can see the organisational structure we are trying to implement and we are still in the process of filling out those positions.”
As well as McVay’s obvious impact, complementing what Josh calls “elite talent” with the right “complimentary talent” has been fundamental to the Rams’ turnaround. And the family remain bullish about Arsenal’s ability to recruit with sufficient intelligence and resource to again challenge for the biggest prizes.
“Everyone in sports wants success right away,” says Josh. “When you look at Liverpool, when they changed to their manager, it took a little time. We have some things that we are trying to implement as quickly as possible but it does take time to get things as you want. There are a few boxes still to tick. We know the main currency in sport is wins and we want them just as much as the fans do.”