"Tactics," as I observed in this article, is another word for planning. Although the current season may still hold enough surprises, it's nothing if not wise for clubs and their managers to begin planning for the next one.
Clubs have begun to do this, with many already focusing on their preseason preparation, where they'd dot their I's and cross their T's.
Another way for clubs to prepare is to identify the players that could patch up the missing links in their ranks or provide the depth that they need.
Arsenal's current season could still put smiles on many of the club's supporters' faces, who, at one point, thought the season could be Arsenal's worst in 15 years.
Eight matches and 24 points left to go means anything could go wrong. So, while the eggs are there, it behooves us to heed the wise saying that one shouldn't count his or her chickens before they hatch.
If Arsenal do indeed finish third or fourth on the table as their current form suggests they might, then not a few Gooners might wonder what could have been, had Arsenal been ready to go at the season's beginning.
The early losses perhaps could have been avoided, and Arsenal could be challenging for the Premiership title at this moment.
The form of the current team suggests that if one or two players are brought in, the team could challenge and win the title next season.
But will Wenger buy? What he has said so far seems to indicate so, according to arsenal.com:
'We will not be a lot on the market, quantity-wise I mean. Quality-wise, certainly.
But the [maximum] number of the squad is 25. We have many players out on loan and we will take a gamble if we find top, top quality of course.
But don’t forget we have many players out on loan and we have not had Jack Wilshere or Abou Diaby for the whole season.
These players will be back and it means that number and quality-wise we are strong because we are in the position we are in without these players.
You want to make me say that last year was bad and I agree with you - last year was terrible for us because we finished on August 31 at 11.55pm and we do not want to repeat that, of course.'
Note two important things from Wenger's words: the need to buy quick and on time, and the fact that there's little room for a transfer glut, something some fans seem to forget in their agitation for the purchase of every star that strikes their fancy. Transfer doesn't work that way, of course.
Nevertheless, it will be nice and wise if Wenger does buy, and if he buys well. "Well" here means if he could buy some world-class talent to spice up the current squad.
I focus here on teenage players, but when the buying time comes, Wenger naturally will not be so constrained.