More fall out from transfer deadline day melted out into the public domain with Jose Mourinho admitting Arsenal’s capture of Mesut Ozil has made them title contenders.
“Ozil is unique,”
“There is no copy of him – not even a bad one. He is the best number 10 in the world. He makes things very easy for me and for his team-mates with his football vision and the decisions he makes.
“Everyone loves him and sees a bit of Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane in him.
“We didn’t accept Arsenal’s offer for Demba Ba because the signing of Ozil makes them title contenders.”
Pretty strong words from a man who normally takes any opportunity to spite Arsene or the club. I’m not sure we’re title contenders without a striker. To be honest, it would have been a massive ask with one. We don’t have enough bodies to make it through to the end of the season. We’re definitely capable of mounting a challenge though. A pal said he reckons this will be like 2007-08. You know, solid starting eleven, went to pieces when we lost Flamini, Robin and the form of Adebayor.
I’d take that…
We have a pretty easy run of 7 games coming up, if we win 5 of those, we’ll be in contention around the time our squad players begin to return to the fold… which is exactly the time we’ll need them.
Regardless of the realities of winning the league this year…we are now in a position next year where we’ll have £100m to spend again next summer. If we put that in the right places early, then we’re experienced in the right areas, with a couple of good prospects coming through as well as being settled.
Simply put, the league has never been so strong… which is why the back room mini revolution of last season needs to continue. Steve Bould needs to continue pushing his vision. Hopefully that is better utilisation of tech, putting more importance on numbers and spending more time on sussing out the opposition.
Getting stuff done correctly behind the scenes is one of the biggest challenges outside transfers Wenger faces…
The club are also embarking on a contract renewal spree. Per Mertesacker is after some more years on his deal, as is Thomas Rosicky and Bacary Sagna. All important players, all loaded with experience. Secure them Arsene, regardless of age.
I think what Arsene has done well is keep a settled side going. We’re out of the woods with players contracts being up. We don’t have anyone who wants to leave right now, who would after the Ozil signing? Commercials are dropping, some of our underperformers are coming good and we have a few players looking to make major second season progress.
Things feel positive at the moment. It’s just a shame Arsene didn’t really make a go of the summer. We could easily be challenging for the league had he added another 3 quality additions to the side.
… that’s Arsene for you. Whatever though, I’m feeling excited about the season and that’s all you want to feel as a fan. The club invested in the team in a big way, even if it was one gigantic transfer ejaculation… the ground should be buzzing. That’s a major kick on from last year.
Also, without meaning to gloat, but signing major players was such a ‘meh’ things for so many fans… amusing to see how absolutely over the moon they are now we have spent a disgusting amount of money on a great player. Money buys happiness, it buys time, prestige, excitement and it buys quality.
Right, bit of a captain obvious post this morning. More from me tomorrow! Have a good one!