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Mesut Özil has completed his move from Real Madrid to Arsenal in a reported club record bid of £42million, despite late interest from Manchester United and PSG, Arsenal managed to pull off the signing after he accepted their offer of a five-year-contract.
Özil's stats: 82% Shot Accuracy & 91 Chances Created (The highest in Europe).
Hey MC, good to have you back, and thank god we don't have to talk about a Suarez transfer (at least till January!).
I do think your lot just got a lot better with Ozil coming in. There is no two ways about it he is class, and I'd expect him to have an impact assuming he can settle quickly. Might take a few games for him to get up to speed being used to a more pedestrian midfield in Spain, but as he's used to the German league, no doubt he'll settle into English football.
My only concern if I were an Arsenal fan is does the big splash actually help in the right places? Yes Ozil makes you better, but as an attacking midfielder surely he's just an upgrade over what you already have in Wiltshire, Ramsey, Arteta, Ox, Podolski, and Rosicky. I know you've had injuries there so having cover, or in fact making your existing players cover for your new player, was needed, but is it the position that needed spending on?
Beginning of the summer, until just a week or so ago it was all about bringing in a striker, Higuain, Suarez, or Rooney. Most pundits, and I agreed what you actually needed was a new keeper (which you got, but I assume he's back up?) center back, and a big strong ball winning defensive midfielder. But it looks like you got instead a very, very good player, but not one who plays in the positions most thought you needed to invest in.
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"(at least till January!)"?
What planet are you from, Dave? :o)
I could have swore I've read several stories in the papers linking Suarez with a move away from Anfield already AFTER the window closed.
On Ozil's signing, please refer to my reply to Hoiotez's post above.
On what Arsenal needed?, only time will tell but 69% overall possession in Arsenal's favour isn't a bad stats to have especially at a tough ground like Stadium of Light. Most of the so-called balanced sides would be lucky to have that amount of possession against a decent Sunderland side this season. Wenger still knows what makes a trophy winning team despite all the acres of prints that have been written about him in the last 8 seasons . Personally, I'll defer to his judgement on what Arsenal need to start winning things again. Strangely, alot of people still forget that Arsenal were under financial constraints due to the stadium debts. Ozil and the attempts to sign Suarez this summer are the result of the austerity measured imposed in the last 8 seasons in order to give us a great chance of competing with the elite sides for great players in the long-run in the transfer market. As Gazidis rightly remarked earlier in the summer, Arsenal can now pay Rooney's wages to any player the manager is interested in signing. New dawn at the Emirates methinks...
Definitely worthy of headlines, and if Whinger was going to smash his own transfer record, Ozil was the player to do it on. I fell in love w/ the guy at the 2010 World Cup, and was devastated that he ended up at Madrid for about 13M, albeit after having rejected Man United. Just think if Arsene hadn't dilly dallied about with Gonzalo Higuain, sealed him up, and not wasted anyone's time with Suarez.
Ozil was equally my fav player in the world alongside Cavani (for not being named Torres/Gerrard), and it only died down because of Jose and the dirty Madrid he created, but for my money, Mesut Ozil is the best attacking number 10 in the world, bar none. That said, he does have some fitness and cardio issues, and struggled in very physical matches, BUT he can still find ways to keep himself in the game with his insane vision aka, as they call him on our network here "AVATAR EYES", and the ability to play wide right. He's much faster than people think too. He will have to bulk up, and get his fitness up, but easily trumps some of the other names Arsenal supposedly were after.
I think and per a good mate of mine who's a gooner die hard, you are still paper thin in the wide areas and up front, especially if Giroud or Walcott go down, but if you manage a good run of health, and also find matches to put Walcott up top with Ozil in the hole, there could be some explosive action.
Like I said, I still have to question overall depth, the wide areas and the occasional frailties at the back in those "should win" matches, but if Ozil does what we all know, his 1 signing could be better than just about every one of your London rivals (except Lamela, who I expect to be brilliant & Paulinho). Far better than anything UTD did, and debatable about how Chelski get on with overloads of players..
I think he will prove to better in the league then Coutinho, Mata, Silva and co, he is a phenominal talent. In that way, Arsenal have to become better because it should free up a bit of man marking away from the Carzola's and Wilshires whilst undoubtedly providing more service for Giroud or Walcott. Again, just like everybody knew back in May, creativity is hardly an Arsenal weak point, really they could have done with a keeper (A better one!), a centre half, a holding midfielder and a striker. They got in a keeper that will surely be back up, Flamini could well do that dirty role in the middle, whilst they dont really have much cover for Giroud as a proper striker. Starting 11, they look strong as hell, outside of that, they look a lot less convincing. I have to say though, I would rather sign Mezut Ozil alone then Ash Williams, Demba Ba, Julio Cesar and Felaini put together! Funny old game.
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Haven't had the time to post on here as I used to do, but thanks all for contributing your valued inputs to this thread.
Hobitez, I couldn't disagree more. It's poor management to pass along the opportunity to sign an undoubtedly world class player like Ozil when you had the chance to do so, these sort of great players don't become available in the market most transfer windows, and Wenger did well by taking up the chance to sign him. Wenger confirmed after the Sunderland match today that we have now lost Cazorla for up to a month due to an injury he picked up at the just concluded International call-up, we would have been badly exposed in the engine room as a result of Cazorla's unavailability. Arsenal's game is purely based on high possession football due to our midfielders, the absence of Cazorla and Rosicky (also sidelined due to an injury he picked up whilst on International duties) could have left a big void in our midfield. A great coup by Wenger, imo, as Ozil is pure class and he showcased his obvious talent with a sublime performance at the stadium of Light today. The more ammunitions in midfield the better for Arsenal.