A layman (not Lehmann) might say that Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and, to a lesser extent, Olivier Giroud, have taken to life at Arsenal like ducks to water.
Arsene Wenger, being Le Prof and all, prefers to compare their intuitive understanding of his football philosophy to that of talented musicians instantly recognising the nuances of a piece of music.
“All of our summer signings have already shown they have the Arsenal attitude,” he wrote in his weekly blog for Eurosport.
“Initially because they work a lot in training, but especially because good players adapt well, and have an instinct for what to do at a specific moment.
“It is like if you play a portion of music to excellent musicians – they understand very quickly how to play it, and here it is something similar.”
Lauding all three of his summer acquisitions for their dedication in training, the boss stressed that it will not be long before French striker Giroud matches the impact of his German and Spanish cohorts.
“Giroud has already played several matches, but to see him at his best, it is necessary to give him a bit of time.
“We were happy with how he played in the Champions League against Montpellier, but for the first goal it was a change of position from Lukas Podolski which made the difference.
Detailing the specifics of a goal which he watched unfold from a seat high up at the Stade de la Mosson, Wenger continued:
“He changed position and Giroud was able to play him in. It was a move which is based on our identity: a move between the lines, based on movement and technique.
“Before all that, there were about 15 phases. Then one is likely to bring Podolski in a position to shoot, and in those situations he is deadly.”
Arseblog News did remark before the season began that our new boys were a bit like a boyband; Giroud the muscle-bound dancer, Podolski the icy bad boy and Cazorla the stumpy one with all the talent. We’re willing to abandon this now because it means comparing Arsene Wenger to Simon Cowell – nobody deserves that.
Instead, we shall allow Arsene to cast himself as Le Conducteur teaching the new boys how to play their respective instruments.