Why the Ozil excuse making?

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Arsenal vs Bayern

Welcome to Monday everyone, I had the pleasure of working all weekend, so this day does not really feel like a Monday. So yeah, whilst you probably had more fun, I’m not having any sort of dread about today… because I’m in a never ending cycle of work.

Anyway, it’s 5am. I can’t sleep, so I’m banging you out a fresh up in your face blog about Arsenal.

I didn’t catch the game, but I caught the highlights and I was suitably impressed. Arsene Wenger dropped Ozil. It’s really frustrating for me that whenever the manager rotates players, there always has to be some sort of leak around the player. Giroud gets a two game rest because he’s been shagging around, Ozil gets a rest and it’s because he’s had a mental breakdown / he has a thigh injury… whatever happened to the good old fashioned rest?

I’ve found it totally amazing reading around the press this weekend. Alex alluded to Sunday Supplement running a takedown of Mesut Ozil yesterday, what a poor show that can be at times. They spent a fair chunk of it goading Mike Ashley to interview with them yesterday saying he was a terrible owner despite them sitting in 8th position in the league, then they spent nearly 20 minutes ploughing through reasons as to why Rooney’s £300k a week deal until he’s 33 is acceptable (ambassadorial). But then there were some knowing nods about Ozil and his lack of form and no slam down of newspapers saying he was a waste of money.

Hold the back page. Arsenal are floating around the top of the league, Ozil has played all the minutes, now there’s been a dip in form. Shock. Horror. Take a well-known 60minute a game player, don’t give him a preseason, then run him into the ground… and instead of highlighting this issue, we focus on him not being rough and ready enough to survive without a winter break. Fleet Street, you must do better…

The winter break is not the issue here. The fact we don’t let him have a week off when we’re playing Coventry in the FA Cup is. Ozil can be managed fitness wise if we treat him like a human being, not a robot… or a new car you’ve just bought and can’t get enough of. We’ve seen enough times this year and over the past ten what happens when players are dead on their feet. What about Thierry in the Champions League final when he was through on goal?

It’s familiar patterns… sure, Ozil has looked disinterested at times, but he’d look disinterested if you showed him the greatest cat gif of all time. Sure, he’s gone hiding in certain games. However, that doesn’t make him a waste of time. He just needs his own program of management. Too many people are willing to write off world class talent in its first year without fully trying to understand the challenges he’s facing.

As for Wayne Rooney. F*ck me. Talk about absolute desperation from United. I appreciate the lad is a talented player, and let me tell you, I’d really like a bit of him on the pitch at Arsenal. But please, £300k a week until he’s 34. If Premier League football is about pace and power well, he won’t have any of those attributes in a positive sense when he gets to 32. He’ll just be an overweight mess in the middle of the park with a bad attitude and the after effects of part time smoking and yoyo dieting. How un-Manchester United is this whole debacle?

1. He holds the club to ransom regularly. Ferguson wouldn’t have tolerated that this season. Especially the shit show when Sir Alex left.

2. He’s being invited to see the clubs transfer plans. Talk about acting like you’re bigger than the club. What top manager let’s a player into that level of detail?

3. He seems to regularly disgrace himself in some way shape or form. Hookers, fags, outbursts of petulance… fitness issues.

I mean, what could United get abroad with a salary spend of £15.6m a year? Seems beyond absurd they’d give a player with questionable lifestyle a deal that long on a pay packet that outrageous. He’s going to make that Squillaci £15m we wasted look like chump change! Oh how the mighty are falling… United really are tying themselves to some incredibly bad decisions. David Moyes looks out of his depth enough as it is.

I was interested to read that they’re in for Gundogan, because he’s the type of player we’d do well to bring in. However, I was pointed in the direction of his appearance stats and he looks like another Diaby. I’d pride fitness over ability if I’m honest (not too heavily). I mean, Gundogan is clearly a superb talent, but maybe a Bender, who is less of a player, but way fitter would work better. After all, one of the seasons most influential players has been the Flamster. Look over at Liverpool, sneer all you want, but Jordan Henderson is an absolute unit in midfield and he’s working for them. Interestingly, when he signed for them, I was told by someone in the game he was just like an English Flamini.

In other news I haven’t had the chance to talk about the Bergkamp statue. Looks great, but come on, has no one else noticed?

You know…

That massive pole…

You know…

Ok, I won’t say it, but you damn well know where I’m going with this…

It’s a nice tribute by the club and the fans seem to have warmed to it from what I’ve read, so well played to all those involved at Grove HQ.

Final piece of news centres around Thomas Rosicky penning an extension to his deal. Well deserved. I have no issue continuing to tie loyal servants to the club on for more time. He’s clearly a hard worker, his game contributes to our urgency and he’s a loyal ambassador. I like him. I like his attitude and I like that Arsene is now recognising the need to keep experience at the club. It’ll be interesting to see how his game evolves. Some around me have pushed the idea that he could play the holding role… it’s an interesting thought I tells ya, very interesting.

Other notable humorous occasions, Stoke fans are planning a minutes silence for Aaron Ramsey’s leg break. Nice work guys, I’m so, so enraged at this. Oh god, so mad. I could literally start up a petition.

On a more interesting note, hilarious LOLz at Spurs, who lost 1-0 to Norwich. Great work Tim, great work.

What’s also interesting is traffic to the site this month is massively up on this time last year, almost a 30% uplift, showing, that Arsenal fans are just as interested in reading about their club when they’re doing well. Hooray, hooray, hooray.

Right, that’s me done for the day. Have a good one!


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  1. kjafc

    Afternoon RP

    “If there was someone to score a goal to win us a title or cup, I hope it’d be him (TR7) or Ramsey personally.
    Totally agree with you mate. Is he getting quicker as he gets older?!

  2. salparadisenyc

    Johnty79February 24, 2014 17:01:30
    I think most of us would prefer Liverpool to win the league rather than us.

    Think you may be missing the point and spirit of it all.

  3. Romford Pele

    Hey KJ,

    Rosicky has always been a player with good acceleration even though his top speed is not all that. But he’s always moving positively with the ball. Class player. Fantastic that we’re keeping him. Hopefully Sagna will follow suit.

  4. Waldo

    The site is up 30% because of the German lass… Everyone is trying to get a better look at her… err… eyes at 2AM.


  5. pires777

    I know that this keeps getting repeated, but all I want to read is that Bacary has been offered an improved contract, and is going to be around for the next two years, or are we going to have another Gilberto situation, that guy was just what we still needed, both on the pitch and in the dressing room

  6. MidwestGun

    Sal –

    John Terry ( Johnty) is my daily entertainment read. That guy is better than a comic strip. I used to think he was a troll then I realized he actually believes the stuff he types. Love that guy. lol.

  7. Kjafc

    Where did I get foot from?! That’s a pretty painful thing, that’s lower abdomen, I tore my stomach muscles open when I was a lad, the rehab took ages. Still got back to playing football at a decent level, just have to put the hours in. Good luck.

  8. Bacaryisgod

    Essentially, very little has changed since a month ago. Arsenal are still headed for third, a Champions League exit as we all expected and the F.A Cup may turn out to be the difference between a successful season or another frustrating one.

    Looking at the remaining fixtures for the Top 5, here’s where things appear to be pointed:

    Chelsea: 60 points, 11 games remaining with projected range 22-25 points
    Arsenal: 59 points, 11 games remaining with projected range 19-22 points
    Man City: 58 points, 12 games remaining with projected range 23-26 points
    Liverpool: 56 points, 11 games remaining with projected range 19-22 points
    Tottenham: 50 points, 11 games remaining with projected range 19-22 points

    Chelsea: 82-85
    Man City: 81-84
    Arsenal: 78-81
    Liverpool: 75-78
    Tottenham: 69-72

  9. hackneylad

    Lol can’t believe everyone still going on about the pic of those german girls.

    Wait till they find out that their are actual websites with naked women on it’s this thing called porn it’s all the rage these days I’ve heard!

    Better yet go down to that weird sex dungeon in soho that prick Max mosley was caught at with his pants down.. think the birds were german…? they were dressed as Nazi’s WTF Max to far!!!

  10. leon

    This team may or may not win the prem but I feel that I have improved whole lot particularly in defense and defending as units allot more discipline in the team. I feel both arteter and flamani have done really well this season, arteter is a very disciplined player that keeps possession well however he does not have physical attributes of some like song. I feel this team problems are exact opposite to Liverpool we have had problems scoring goals because of lack top class strikers in the team but far better defensively particularly at home

  11. MidwestGun

    Sounds about right. I give us about a 20% chance to win title. Think we are gonna need to go. W-D-L. 9-0-2 or. 8-3-0. Chelsea game is almost a must win to have a chance.

    Fighting chance at least.

  12. luke

    Ive noticed a minor miracle scheduling wise everyone!

    When we play chelsea on Sat March 22, we will have had an entire week off having played spuds Sunday March 16th, where as Chelski have Galatasaray 2nd leg on Tuesday the 18th.

    When we play Man-Shitty on March 29th, we will have had a full weeks rest after the Chelsea game on the 22nd, whereas they have the Manchester derby on March 25th.

    Finally half a break.

  13. kwik fit

    Reports suggest that Bacary Sagna is demanding £100,000-a-week to stay with Arsenal.
    Does he deserve it?
    I don’t know but he certainly needs it as he as one high maintenance bit of skirt.

  14. tunnygriffboy


    Give him the money. Two less players and transfer fees we have to find in the summer. Can buy proper replacement for TV5 then. Plus he’s got great experience for youngsters to learn from.

  15. MidwestGun

    Pennies, dollars, whatever it takes. Seriously tho, where are we gonna find a player that versatile, that can play any defensive position at a high level? Saved our bacon, last game.

  16. shad


    Stopped reading as soon as I saw ..”most here would prefer LoLpool to win the league..”

    Lay off the kool aid and fet your head out your arse. This is an Arsenal forum amd we’d be damned if we wanted those clowns to win it and not us.

    Do you actually believe the drivel you type or do you just find your forehead banging the keyboard?

  17. Cesc Appeal

    We pay Diaby £60 000 a week for nothing, I’d give Sagna his £100 000 a week IF that is what he’s asking. His versatility and experience are invaluable.

    But we do need a much better understudy, whether that’s Bellerin I don’t know, but someone to step in after that new contract expires.

  18. kwik fit

    Sal/ Midwest

    Chillax . I live closer to the babe than both of you. In fact I might just be going to Germany in the next couple of weeks. If/when I cop off with her I will send you a picture of us both having a cool cigarette. You know what I mean 😉

  19. Charlie Boy


    RIP indeed. Loved the guy in As Good As It Gets. An excellent performance in an excellent movie.


    An excellent point, although I read somewhere that Diaby had relinquished his salary until he’s playing.

  20. Cesc Appeal

    Charlie Boy

    I doubt that very very much, but I suppose you never know.

    We desperately need a world class CDM and ST in the summer – to have to fuss about finding a RB would be an unnecessary distraction.

    I really would love someone to come into the club to handle Transfers and Contracts – Wenger just isn’t up to scratch, he’ll endlessly dither with this.

    We should have our targets now, and be sounding them out so we have a blitzkrieg like strike on the market within the first couple of weeks.

  21. Charlie Boy

    @Kwik Fit

    I said 12 Hail Mary’s before I clicked the link! Phew indeed!!

    @Cesc Appeal

    Yup – it beggar’s belief that most other Clubs have their targets and do their business early – yet we dither in the hope that Poundland will go against their core brand values and have a 50p sale at the last minute.

    Hopefully the penny with drop now that Mr Wenger’s new deal is based on performance and achievements (other than an annual top 4 CL place).

  22. Cesc Appeal

    Charlie Boy

    I can’t remember who on here but someone had the idea of approaching Cortese to be Director of Football, I think that’s a fantastic idea.

    Though seeing as we’re dealing with Lord of the Rings territory with the Orcs of Stoke perhaps this is valid, ‘there’s is only one Lord of Arsenal, only one who can bend it to his will, and he does not share power!’

  23. MidwestGun

    We should have our targets now, and be sounding them out so we have a blitzkrieg like strike on the market within the first couple of weeks.

    Not sure why this is such a hard concept to grasp. Embarrassing transfer windows need to stop.

  24. Cesc Appeal


    There are some people who think it’s akin to a space shuttle launch and would have you believe it’s impossibly difficult.

    I just think we’re embarrassingly shit at it…because we don’t have the structure and personnel in place to do it.

  25. salparadisenyc

    Lol… cousin daters, odd thing that.

    I once got commissioned to photograph a “fat camp” rehab sort of thing.
    50% of the enrollees were from Staffordshire, depressing days that job.

  26. BacaryisGod

    NM/Charlie Boy

    Well said. When I saw the news, the first thing I thought about was As Good As It Gets. Perfect casting for him. I actually won some good money betting a parlay on Nicholson and Hunt winning best actor and actress, along with Titanic for best film that year (somehow I got an even money bet on that film early on). The only reason I bet those three with confidence was that it reminded me of 1976 when Rocky won for Best Picture (blockbuster hit and decently reviewed like Titanic) and Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway won the acting Oscars for Network.

    Not sure I’ve won big on Oscar betting since….

  27. MidwestGun

    Great teams no matter what sport have a great scouting and negotiating team for player acquisition. Thats the way I see it. If you have your shit together it does not take 4 months.

  28. kwik fit

    great scouting and negotiating team for player


    Not relevant when you have a tight assed manager who refuses to pay more than 50% of a players current market value.

  29. MidwestGun

    Kwik –
    Lol, ya its like negotiating with a stripper, with a stack of 100’s in your hand, and trying to get a little action for twenty bucks. Not that I would know anything about that.

    # TriptoVegas

  30. kwik fit

    Wenger:’ Rosicky will stay. We have an agreement with him and it will come out soon. I am absolutely adamant he has to stay at the club’

    This statement suggests that its not a unanimous decision that he stays. He’s good but is knocking on a bit.

  31. kwik fit

    ya its like negotiating with a stripper, with a stack of 100′s in your hand


    Thats not what i’d be holding in my hand 😉

  32. Cesc Appeal

    No, we need a proper CDM come the summer, it’s an absolute must – no more being cheap all the time and disregarding the position by trying to use an ageing player in that hole.

  33. Nasri's Mouth

    Cesc Appeal: I can’t remember who on here but someone had the idea of approaching Cortese to be Director of Football, I think that’s a fantastic idea.

    Given that he was a chairman at Southampton is there any suggestion he could either do that role, or want it?

    Different roles

  34. kwik fit


    Can’t see him being moved in to a CDM position. I think, whether wenger likes it or not, he’s got to get a proper DM this summer. The guy from porto or one of the Bender’s would do me. Rosicky has been and always will be an attacking mid. The fact that he’ s had many injuries over the year’s may stand him in good stead given he should have a few more years left in him.

  35. Cesc Appeal


    He saw Southampton well through a transitional period, from what I’ve read on him he’s very good, the Southampton fans I know loved him.

    Point is we need to wrestle that power from Wenger and give it to someone who actually knows what he’s doing – Wenger’s dithering, personal valuations and bottling is costing us year on year.

  36. Frankie T

    The weeks rest before the big games Vs Chelsea and city could be crucial.
    So if we want to go out of the cl with no new injuries then how about a cm partnership of…..wait for it……kallstrom and diaby.
    Probably still an improvement on song and Denilson, look how far we’ve come.

  37. Nasri's Mouth

    @Cesc Appeal

    Whether they loved him or not, doesn’t mean he can do that role though.

    Director of Football is a really tricky position. You have to get someone who can work in an environment where he has to work 100% with the manager. Given that he upped and left Southampton because there was a challenge to his role from Liebherr, I’m not sure he’d be suitable.
    You’d basically have to ditch both Wenger and Gazidis at the same time to bring him in, because the role he had at Southampton overlapped that of Gazidis at Arsenal, and I can’t imagine Wenger working with him.

    Look what happened to ManU when they tried replacing two tiers of management structure

  38. Cesc Appeal


    The problem is I can imagine Wenger working with ANYONE.

    So we’re going to be stuck in a never ending cycle of appallingly handled transfer windows that then inhibit our ability to have any chance of success – especially as we’ve got a manager who doesn’t really have any tactical nous.

    We just don’t have the structure at all, everyone is a money/marketing man and they just leave the football to Wenger = disaster.

  39. MidwestGun

    Lol Doesnt Kim Kallstrom have to play at some point, just to save face? Its embarrassing that his name has become a punch line without the need of a joke.
    The Chelski idiot fans around here have been giving me shit non-stop.

  40. jwl

    Maybe more people visiting the site who are like me – I feel I have more to complain about now that Arsenal are winning again, which is peculiar.

    I have been resigned to finishing 4th every year, Wenger not even trying to win league but this year is different, we are in mix for winning the league and my anxiety has sky rocketed. Results matter now and Wenger is serene, signing 31 yr olds with dodgy backs, but I am having kittens.

    Perhaps all the worry, stress and anxiety of Arsenal being near top makes us more chatty about the team and manager?

    Also, the blonde fraulein is stunning and I am sure there are plenty of gooners checking her out.

  41. Nasri's Mouth

    @Cesc Appeal

    It’s certainly has the appearance of being massively scatter gun. Hard to know whether that’s true or not as none of us know the inner workings between Wenger and Gazidis. Given how paranoid Wenger is about info leaking out I’d suggest that people who say they know it for sure, aren’t sure.

    Having said that, his transfer activity HAS been pretty successful. The pro-Wengerites are constantly banging on about how much we’ve spent on transfers in the last 10 years, (basically nothing). The anti-Wengerites always bring up the the complete lack of control over salaries. In theory that ought to be controlled. The movement of players out of the club suggests that is actually happening right now.

    I believe (don’t know 100%) that Wenger’s early contracts were bonus related, and I also believe he spent what he had. He’s certainly spent big.
    (Compared to our revenue at the time, Henry, Reyes, Jeffers, Van Bronkhurst, Wiltord, Arshavin were very expensive.)

    I believe his current contract isn’t bonus related, but a straight forward number, which was a good plan by Wenger, because he knew financially he’d be up against it for a few years, and possibly a bad move by the board, but then given his recent successes, you can understand why they were desperate to keep him.
    Now the situation has changed again, and his new contract is meant to be more bonus structured. I think we’ll see more big signings, but I don’t expect it to look much less scatter gunned than it has.

    (There is a caveat to that of course. Monreal was planned for the summer, and we only found out about it because of the injury to Gibbs, Podolski and Giroud were both clearly planned, Cazorla had been tracked for some time, so there is clearly SOME planning going on)

  42. Nasri's Mouth

    Midwestgun: Lol Doesnt Kim Kallstrom have to play at some point, just to save face?

    Whether he plays or not comes on a list well below whether Ozil can play to his best, whether Ramsey gets back soon, and whether Koscielny and Mertesacker stay fit.

    In fact there’s a load of other stuff too. Basically, I don’t really care about him

  43. Thomas

    The Kallstrom signing is a joke. No planning by Wenger what so ever.

    “It’s either him or no signing at all” – Wenger

    Fucking joker.

  44. Cesc Appeal


    I just think without modern footballing men in the club all this money is going to go to waste.

    Wenger either won’t spend it, or won’t spend it well.

    There can be no excuses this summer, no dithering, no bottling. The excuses have no run out. I think I know how this summer will go, but I just hope all those that continually make excuses for him and the club surrounding transfers will finally agree that enough is enough if it goes the way I think it will.

  45. MidwestGun

    NM –

    I agree, its a low priority for the team. I only care because its become a huge source of embarassement for me as a fan. That said, wether he plays or not at this point, wont make much difference in that regard. So I probably shouldn’t care. Be nice to win something and render the issue irrelevant.

  46. gonsterous

    If the rumour of rosicky playing dm is true… Wenger needs to get his focking head examined … Rosicky has been thriving in that CAM /CM department…why change that ?? What’s he trying to prove ??? The guy is 34 for God sakes…he’s been playing as a CM his entire career….

  47. Cesc Appeal


    Because it’s cheaper and easier than actually going and buying a proper quality CDM…massive mistake, we’re crying our for a good CDM, would improve us tremendously.

    I like Schnedierlin, I think he’s so underrated.

  48. Nasri's Mouth

    @Cesc Appeal

    I don’t think you can say it’s going to go to waste, I also don’t think he’ll spend bad, the facts show that, unless we go back to deadwood purchasing, (average players on high wages) which would be a big reversal.

    Whether he spends or not is up to interpretation and guess work. I suppose you could argue that he wont because he ought to have started a couple of years ago and didn’t, but equally I think with the additional income, the push from Gazidis and the change in his contract, he’s likely to spend big

  49. Cesc Appeal


    Well we’ll have to wait and see.

    Unfortunately he’s likely to get his unwarranted, undeserved new contract so we’re stuck with him.

    I hope but with Arsenal I’ve learned not to expect…they’re extremely fond of milking and letting down their fans.

  50. Nasri's Mouth

    Rosicky as a DM ? well he’d probably do a better job than Vermaelen, but there won’t be any truth in it.

    I find it funny when people bring stuff like this up, because there’s zero logic to it.

    Rosicky is older than both Arteta and Flamini, and wouldn’t do as good a job.

    So if Wenger wants to avoid buying a DM, he simply sticks with Arteta and Flamini for another season. Suggesting Rosicky for the role is a big red herring and people ought to know better.

  51. Cesc Appeal


    Wenger is prone to ridiculous decisions though, so really anything is possible with him, especially if it means he doesn’t have to spend money.

  52. Nasri's Mouth

    @Cesc Appeal

    no, not really at all. Like I say if he wants to save money he sticks with Arteta and Flamini. Once more, Rosicky is a red herring to this argument.

    Still if you want to think there’s some possibility go for it. I bet he doesn’t play DM for us until he retires

  53. gonsterous

    Lately it’s been really quiet on this site xD… Hope it had nothing to do with Pedro declaring that there was an increase in readers..