You sold Bale and we signed Mesut Ozil, Mesut Ozil, Mesut f***ing Ozil!!
Honestly having been a huge fan of his before I even thought it was possible he could play for my club, I still rub my eyes in disbelief that he sports the mighty red kit of Arsenal!
What a player he is and I’m glad Arsene stayed patient with him unlike some sections of support who had given up on him and believed Cazorla’s recent form made Ozil surplus to requirements. Santi Cazorla is a stunning little player but I can tell you right now he’s not in Ozil’s class, in fact there’s only a few No. 10’s on the planet that are… David Silva…. and well that’s pretty much it. I’m talking out & out No. 10’s here. Not Mata, not Rodriguez, not Isco, not Goetze, not Oscar.
Mesut Ozil has similarities with Zinedine Zidane in some ways and although he’s not as physically dominant, his touch is so silky as he glides across the field very delicately. His vision is second to none and Theo’s presence is giving him more to aim at up top. He’s a player I like to watch closely when in possession and rarely do you appreciate his productivity until you watch his performance again, Arsene said something along those lines and that is exactly the case.
The German retains the ball so well and is one of few players that can travel long distances with it for us, it was the main reason Wenger kept him on against Bayern last year when we went a man down, even after his penalty miss. Before making a pass Mesut Ozil rarely looks at his target, this always fools the opposition and sometimes even the target ends up surprised when the ball arrives at his feet. The disguise pass isn’t always particularly used to showboat despite what clowns like Phil Neville will tell you, the better players use it productively and Mesut Ozil is one of them. It’s not as blatant as Rosicky or Sanchez when he looks away however.
The cries for Ozil to play centrally are starting to die down a bit and credit must be given to Wenger for sticking to his principles and making it work for him. I don’t think Arsene trusts Mesut’s presence in the middle and tried to protect him a bit by sticking him out wide. Regardless of opinion on Wenger what we can’t deny is his ability to improve talent and he’s done that with Sanchez and now Ozil’s developing well.
It’s the fluency we have in the attacking 3rd that allows Ozil to blossom although defensively Mesut still slacks he’s doing more going forward on the flanks. It was always down to personal belief and character that would allow him to succeed in that role. What Arsene has to prevent is having too many similar players in order to let Ozil peak. Mesut’s best pairings are with Ramsey, Walcott and Welbeck because all these players have drive. He thrives off movement and quick attacking football. When the game is fast in motion, Ozil will more often than not make the correct forward pass.
This is why he thrived off Mourinho’s counter-attacking football at Madrid. Ronaldo’s eagerness to sprint the length of the field to score goals was a blessing for Ozil. Benzema and Di Maria are also direct players. When we play lacklustre possession football and everything is laboured his handiness becomes less useful and he often frustrates.
I understand what Wenger tried on Tuesday night in attack but we lacked a CF that that made the ball stick up top. If we had a stronger MF base or an in-form Ramsey/Arteta alongside Coquelin, I’d love to see Ozil playing in the No. 10 role with Akpom/Welbeck leading the line, Theo right, Sanchez left. It’d likely lead to a stellar performance from the World cup winner.
Nevertheless the lad is gaining form and confidence and looks like he’s more willing to fight for the shirt, which is exciting as it’s one of few positives we can take from the campaign.
Excuse Me While I Rant
Cesc Fabregas is not a true Gooner and quite frankly I’m sickened by those that still long for him whilst Mesut goes the extra mile to please the supporters on social media and shows genuine love to the club.
Cesc Fabregas gave Arsene Wenger 48 hours to decide who he was going to sell to make room for a return to Arsenal. Just proves he was already in heavy consideration with other clubs despite his lies that Arsenal were special to him. After everything Wenger gave him from 15 years of age, he gave his so called footballing father an unfair ultimatum and went on to play for the ONLY existing person in top level football that shows a constant disregard to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal.
The inspirational captain also faked an injury to get his beloved move to Barcelona and some of you still drool over him? I’ve criticised Wenger as much as the next man this year but strangely I applaud his refusal to bring Cesc back. We are a world class football club not a whore and should never let anyone walk all over us.
He looks tremendous right now at Chelsea but they have a perfect setup for him, with a goal machine upfront and one of the worlds best DM’s protecting him in midfield. He’s struggled in the quicker games like Liverpool and City for instance and believe me if he was back here he wouldn’t be improving our most pressing issues whatsoever. Creativity isn’t a problem for us it’s the platform to express it that is and Chelsea currently have that.
Ozil is more gifted than the Spaniard and it’s only a matter of time before he proves every single doubter wrong!
“Ozil is the best No. 10 in the world, when he touches the ball the ball smiles – Jose Mourinho.”
“He doesn’t stick to one position, he moves along the line. He moves in behind positions in midfield, he can score and assist goals. He’s a fantastic player.” – Wayne Rooney
“Yes, Mesut has made me better. If you have great players around you, your play becomes stronger.He can read the game and knows when he needs to play the pass, when he should take a dribble – that’s simply class. I love to play with him, he is fantastic.” – Cristiano Ronaldo
“With all the respect to the other Arsenal players, I think he is the one who can make a difference.” – Dennis Bergkamp
“I would love to have played with him.” – Thierry Henry