All the news this morning centres around an article in the Daily Mail that has Mesut Ozil down as unhappy and Arsenal down as happy for him to leave in January.
I mean, I know he looks unhappy, but sheesh, surely we’re not giving up on him now? I mean, we’ve just passed on Cesc… the best creative number 10 on the planet. There’s surely no way 2 months later we’ve decided that Ozil is superfluous? Wenger said the below yesterday…
“I don’t regret not taking Cesc because we already had a lot of creative players in our midfield,”
I have no idea where the news has come from. It makes a very strong point that he doesn’t like playing out on the left, which indicates it might be an agent plant to get him more of that number 10 action. Who knows?
It does raise a valid point about Wenger. He doesn’t buy players that fit his system. What is the point in spending £43m on a number 10 Jose called the worlds best, then carting him out wide. He has almost zero of the attributes you’d want from a man you’re playing on the left and the clearest part is he has no interest in being there. Basic psychology again. Think of it from Ozil’s perspective, he’s moved from Madrid to Arsenal to be the hero. The player all the football is centred around. He lands here, he’s run into the ground (never used to play more than 60mins in a slower league) and now he has to suffer the indignation of being played in a role he’s not particularly good at.
Of course he’ll be unhappy. He’s too good to accept that at Arsenal. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I think his attitude looks off. But he’s a different breed of player. He’s not grateful to Arsene for anything. He’s played under better managers at better clubs. He’s still really young, he still has big clubs interested in him. For me, we should be doing everything we can to get the most out of him, because ultimately, there aren’t many better than him when he’s on fire.
Selling him in January would be crazy unless we had a replacement. The most alarming thing is Guardiola wants him. He’ll have a plan and you can bet your bottom dollar he’ll have a more effective way of utilising the German.
There are some some quotes floating around about Arsene saying we’re still short of a striker and a DM. At least he acknowledges it. It’s ridiculous that he’s unable to actually make a dent in those areas when the window is open. Still, with it on record that the scouting network is broken, it’s not a surprise. I have to say though, I won’t be getting excited about us rectifying these issues in January. Wenger always seems to have 20/20 vision after a transfer window has shut. Just a shame he’s blind when it’s open. Our defensive offering at the moment is farcical.
Still, it is what it is. Home game against a pretty good Hull side on Saturday will be interesting. Hopefully the boys at home have been left in incubators all week.
I read an article yesterday that spoke of the ‘Twitter conspiracy theorists’ when it came to injuries. Brilliant bit of counter PR from Arsenal in an article that offered almost zero to the conversation we haven’t been speaking about for at least 5 years. Clouding incompetence as ‘a complex issue’ is a classic Arsenal stalling tactic. Remember the ‘buying a player isn’t as simple as buying a loaf of hovis’ line they ran with back in the day? Fixing our injury issues is about correcting the structure, putting the right talent in place, making communication lines clear and taking the data and insights offered up and using it to improve our everything we do. Put that in place, then you make people accountable. If something fails, it’s easy to spot where it’s failed. Then you can ask the right questions.
Large parts of our sports media aren’t interested in probing for the truth… which is why so many of the foreign media are held in such high esteem over here. Those guys get it, they give you more, they challenge your preconceptions. Such a shame that kind of journalism isn’t lauded over here.
In other news, Roy Hodgson has moved to play down a Danny Welbeck ankle role last night against Estonia. Good job too. We need him not to be injured. I thought Hodgson’s behaviour when talking about Sterling was absolutely disgraceful. Now the whole nation thinks he’s a wimp. That’s a teenage boy he’s just thrown under the bus for being honest about his fitness and form. A man under pressure. A man who should be under pressure because he’s useless.
Right, that’s me done. Have a good one!