League titles arrive sparingly in an ever-competitive Premier League, while European success is even harder to come by, even when you build a team good enough to storm the Premier League, as both the Gunners and the Blues know.
So, what is the secret to sustainable success both domestically and around the continent?
Germany and Bayern legend Philipp Lahm has taken a look, providing teams with a little advice based on what he has seen at former club Bayern. who are coming off the back of a treble-winning season, claiming the Bundesliga title and the Champions League, as well as Germany’s domestic cup.
In a LinkedIn article, Lahm wrote: “The most important reason can be summarized very briefly: Hansi Flick managed to establish the valid hierarchy in the team with just a few changes. The measure was successful right from the start – and has become more focused with each subsequent game.
“What does it mean to establish hierarchy? The coach has put his faith in a system of tried and tested players.
“Above all, Manuel Neuer in goal. He is preceded by Jerome Boateng and David Alaba, who have been playing for FC Bayern for years, know the game and are full of self-confidence.
“Front and centre is Thomas Müller, at the top Robert Lewandowski, who is in the peak shape of his career and scores goals almost on command.
“These proven players have a decisive influence on the game, they shape and lead. They are complemented by enormously ambitious younger players who do everything they can to become the face of the next generation of FC Bayern: Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka. Their motivation and ambition are unmistakable and promising.
“Add to this the talented outfield players, who with their individual expertise, always deliver – let’s just remember Alphonso Davies’ incredible solo against Barcelona or Serge Gnabry’s vital goal against Lyon.
“Each of these players is in the right place and has the right job to do. The coach has recognized this and put it into practice.”
Lahm also discussed the importance of having strength in-depth.
“And there is another factor: FC Bayern has never had such good substitutions as they have now,” he added. “One must not forget that the biggest investments in the club’s history were made to bring Lucas Hernandez, Corentin Tolisso and Javi Martinez to FC Bayern.
“They have played a decisive role in the dominance of FC Bayern. Not only because they are available when they are needed – they build up a tremendous competitive pressure during training, which requires every player who wants to be in the starting eleven to give it their all.
“They create focus and ensure that every player who qualifies for the starting line-up has the quality that is necessary.
“Hansi Flick has recognized this, implemented it perfectly and communicated it with great empathy to all those involved – especially those who were not given the chance in the decisive games.
“This standard is incredible. It shows maturity and expertise – and that Hansi understood exactly how to do his job at FC Bayern.”