Fixture fear: Overcome your insecurities right now

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WHAT AM I DOING HERE

Happy good morning my pretties.

Slumped out of bed this morning and tweaked my hamstring. Nothing says, ‘you fat bastard get down the gym’ quite like needing a warm up to support your own body weight.

Also had passport dramas this morning. I need two passports. TWO. Double the workload and I failed first time. But fear not, my dad delivered me to the airport 20mins early and didn’t even lose his temper at my flapping.

So we have some time to Le Grove and chill.

Arsenal are in good shape. Sitting pretty at the top of the league. Focus has now switched to our tough run in. I know there are some beastly games in there on paper, but I think when you look at them with this seasons fresh ‘WHAT IS HAPPENING’ eyes, they’re not that bad.

We’re all worried about Liverpool away. Heading to the Kop. Playing against the charismatic German we’d all have liked to have had stroking our Arsenal curls in a post Wenger era. But look, as a side, they’ve been utter shite under him bar one result against Southampton (ok, ok, and City). Nothing has really changed, crap results, underwhelming individual performances and no semblance of a vision yet.

I think the worrying game for me is the Stoke one. There’s no better case study for money in the league than those boys. Power, pace, organization, brutality and some absolute class. Stokelona as they call them on the continent (pretty sure they don’t, actually). They are going to be a problem, mainly because they are a mental block that now has real quality. The on-story of that game is if we lose, we then have Chelsea at home.

Now, Chelsea on paper have been shite this season. We have been great. Is there any reason this pattern should fail to continue? They should fear us. Creaking defence, fragile confidence and general sluggish play. This shouldn’t be tough, but we know it’ll be a ‘show us you’re champs’ game. But look, Hiddink has been a mega failure in his last 4 jobs, he looks like he should be reading storybooks to kids in Victorian films about the meaning of Christmas. I don’t fear Chelsea under him. Well, not right now.

February for me looks pretty good. Rest assured, Leicester will be dead and buried and I reckon Claudio will be under job pressure. Southampton at home will be revenge for us and look, if we’re having issues with Bournemouth away, then what’s the fucking point? We have a tricky game against Barcelona and possibly a rematch with a Mourinho United as our last game.

I see maybe a couple of draws in there, but I’m pretty confident. We just need to pray we don’t pick up anymore injuries and we have to hope there’s no more news of the dreaded ‘setback’ that we seem to get every other injury.

The run in is all about freshness. Who has it. Who doesn’t. Who managed fitness the best? Great news for us is the way we manage mid season freshness is breaking our players early on. The old ‘NoVenger’ 3 week hamstring rest has proven quite the strategy over the past few seasons. Coq, Ramsey, Chambo, Theo and Sanchez should be flying! They’ve had their midseason break.

So basically, I don’t have the fear like many others. My main fear is the switch off. The lack of drive kicking us over the line. Wenger not having it in him to motivate his players to the end.

… this for me is where leaders used to take over. Who is our Adams? Who is our Sol Campbell kicking Paddy up the arse? Who is willing to slam Chambo up against the wall when he makes a dunce mistake? Who is there, ready and willing to make the dressing room a scary place to be when someone steps out of line?

We’ll find out in due course… but hey, isn’t it exciting! (And marvelous that Spurs dropped two points. The dark horses this season.)

I’m about to hit my flight back to NYC. Can’t wait to spend the next two months pretending I get Super Bowl! See you on the other side!

Xx

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  1. qna

    The above team for away games. For home games:

    Cech
    Bellerin Gabriel Kosielny Monreal
    Kroos Cazorla
    Fekir Ozil Alexis
    Dybala

  2. peanuts&monkeys

    The El Nenny story is turning out to be another saga. Another Higuain saga. Another Suarez saga. Another Loic Remy saga. Another Gotze saga. Another xxxxxxxxx saga for the nth time.

    Fuck Wenger!

  3. Mick Kartun

    List of Florentino Perez victims:
    1. Vicente del Bosque, 1.321 days (17 November 1999 – 30 Maret 2003).
    2. Carlos Queiroz, 328 days (1 Juli 2003 – 24 Maret 2004).
    3. Jose Antonio Camacho, 118 days (24 Mei 2004 – 19 September 2004).
    4. Mariano Garcia Remon, 101 days (20 September 2004 – 30 Desember 2004).
    5. Vanderlei Luxemburgo, 339 days (30 Desember 2004 – 4 Desember 2005).
    6. Juan Ramon Lopez Caro, 179 days (4 Desember 2005 – 1 Juni 2006).
    7. Manuel Pellegrini, 330 days (1 Juli 2009 – 27 Mei 2010).
    8. Jose Mourinho, 1.126 hari days (31 Mei 2010 – 30 Juni 2013).
    9. Carlo Ancelotti, 693 days (1 Juli 2013 – 25 Mei 2016).
    10. Rafael Benitez, 187 days (1 Juli 2015 – 4 Januari 2016).

    Wonder how many days wenger gonna last if he took that madrid job he was saying?

  4. peanuts&monkeys

    Wenger would have given Perez the taste of enormous wealth beyond even Perez’s imagination. Wenger would convince Perez that he in his lifetime as Madrid boss has earned enough kudos. Who in his lifetime cud dream of winning CL 10 times?? Wenger wud convonce Perez he has no more footballing goals to achieve, no more footballing ceilings to break. Hence, Perez shd now turn his attention to earn more money and be the richest of all.

    Real would then start playing for 4th place every season at La Liga and wud sell CR7 back to ManU, Bale to Man City etc etc. And Perez and Wenger wud then live happily ever after.

  5. peanuts&monkeys

    Circa, 2020. Madrid fans one fine morning wud let their most ferocious bull go out of its leash and it wud attack Perez + Wenger’s love nest. The bull would come out of the NEST with two of the beloveds’ bloody asses pierced to its horns.

    The world and the Madrid fans will get back their real Real soon after.

  6. qna

    Rambo: qna your not much of a realist are you?

    Out: Rosicky, Arteta, Flamini, Welbeck, Oxlaide, Debuchy
    In: Elneny, Kroos, Fekir, Dybala, Jenkinson (recall)

    Only Dybala would be expensive to interest Juve to sell – he cost eu30m, so eu60m is not a bad return after one year (£43m), but Kroos and Fekir may cost around £30m to £40m each I am guessing – noting that Fekir has just done his ACL and Kroos wont have many options – United have Schniederlin and Schweinie, Bayern no, Barca no.

    Can get all four for about £180m. We should fetch a decent fee for Welbeck and Oxlaide as they are British and all the EPL clubs will be cashed up with very few options to spend their cash on. They may even fetch £30m each if you consider the upside of these guys for a mid-table club with a transfer budget of £40m to £50m.

    Arsenal have huge cash reserves and there is £160m on the line for next season’s champion. Plus the commercial value of that success.

  7. peanuts&monkeys

    ” How can a lower league player like Dele Alli show so much more football intellect and discipline than a player like Aaron Ramsey that has spent so much time under Wengers tutelage and played with so many world class players.Shocking smh”

    Class is always preferred than form. Class is permanent. Form is temporary.

  8. Rambo Ramsey

    qna, was talking more about yer separate home and away selection, that happens in Fifa games maybe. also wonder whether the likes of Caz,Ramsey will be happy with a limited role. they’re quality players and will want out like Cech.

    regarding names you suggest
    didn’t Dybala move to Juve cause he wanted to stay on in Italy? what makes you think things have changed after one year? Fekir-the lad has suffered a serious injury and might never again be as good as he was before. Kroos-would love him here but he’ll have no short of suitors!

  9. Rambo Ramsey

    peanuts, have the nuts fallen off your brain? Alli has proven nothing to talk of his class. scores a couple of great goals and suddenly he’s the next best thing? and you English wonder why you always suffer disappointment? you set yourselves up for it

  10. Wallace

    qna

    “but Kroos and Fekir may cost around £30m to £40m each I am guessing – noting that Fekir has just done his ACL and Kroos wont have many options –”

    doesn’t matter if it’s Messi we’re talking about, no team would spend 30m on a guy who’s just done his acl. it’ll be 6mths minimum after his return before teams will be looking again at Fekir. and Kroos is a rolls royce of a player. his options will only be limited because there’s so few teams could afford him.

  11. Ish

    I just think we need to look at every game as it comes because we could be here all day worrying about the fixture list, besides what kind of form a team is playing in now might be completely different story to when we actually play them.
    And of course we’re gophers doing it the ‘easy way’ has never been in our vocabulary.

  12. freddylekgunner

    Rambo Ramsey
    January 5, 2016 08:04:11
    peanuts, have the nuts fallen off your brain? Alli has proven nothing to talk of his class. scores a couple of great goals and suddenly he’s the next best thing? and you English wonder why you always suffer disappointment? you set yourselves up for it.

    This.

  13. qna

    FMc: “£30M for Welbeck and £30m for Ox runs the Deeney bollocks close!”

    Hehehe. Bollocks has to start somewhere. I am going upper here. I dont think its unreasonable that there would be massive interest in these two from the bottom 15 or so clubs. Even Liverpool may be interested.

    All clubs are guaranteed a minimum of £99m next season. Of course their existing players will be pushing for a pay bump, but smart clubs will be able to largely avoid that. They really need to form some kind of cartel agreement where they wont pinch each others players that are trying to leverage other teams to get pay bumps. Welbeck has been injured, which is why he will be looked at with worry. I dont think Oxlaides lack of form will be a major deal for a some of these clubs. Oxlaide has 25 England caps and is still young. Even we at Arsenal still rate his potential. Same with some Arsenal fans on Welbeck. If a player is good enough to be an Arsenal player, I dont think saying they are £30m players from 2016 onwards is that big a stretch.

  14. qna

    Wallace: doesn’t matter if it’s Messi we’re talking about, no team would spend 30m on a guy who’s just done his acl.

    Ok, so what would they spend on him. The fact that he has done his ACL makes him possibly within our reach, and maybe less interesting to our competitors for him. Its a good time to buy him and a good time to get him at a good price. His talent is clearly unbelievable – up there with Hazard (dont laugh, Hazard is a good player).

    Kroos will only be available to a few clubs and we would be one of them. Barca and Madrid would be out of the picture. United, City and PSG would be the main competitors. But we are a great option for him – like we were for Ozil and Sanchez. I dont think United would be a very interesting project. PSG – why would a great player want to play his peak years in France. That leaves us and City.

    On Dybala – yes of course. I am reaching here.

  15. Leedsgunner

    Is Troy Deenyangling for a contract extension at his club… because if he is that would explain all these stories linking him with our club. It’s an easy tool for agents to use to their clients advantage…

    It is well known that Wenger is notoriously secretive about his transfer dealings so our club is an easy target for unscrupulous agents to link their clients to with little or no consequences… Watford will feel the pressure from their own fans to give into their captain… especially with their club close to completing for an European place…

    I wouldn’t pay too much notice.

  16. qna

    I find it quite amusing how everyone goes on about how Ozil’s has a major weakness, which is his goal scoring. He is often criticized for this, even this season with all of his assists. This season he has 5 goals in 25 apps.

    On the other hand, Walcott is a top striker worth every penny of the 140k/wk we pay him. He has 5 goals in 18 apps,

  17. Wallace

    qna

    “Ok, so what would they spend on him. The fact that he has done his ACL makes him possibly within our reach, and maybe less interesting to our competitors for him. Its a good time to buy him and a good time to get him at a good price.”

    it just won’t happen. even in the mad world of modern day football no one’s crazy enough to buy a player as he’s coming back from serious injury.

    even if he comes back only 1% shy of what made him special in the first place it’ll be enought to drop him from ‘possible world star’ to just another very good player.

  18. Leedsgunner

    Alli looks a good player now but will he look the same player when the spotlight is on him next season and when the expectation is that much higher? That will be the real test.

    Kudos to the boy for taking his chance but much too early to be announcing him as the next all conquering action hero. Besides if he keeps his form up, he will inevitably move on from Spurs, to a proper big club.

    They always do. 🙂 Reality is they are a feeder club to Real Madrid and Man United… unless they win the title (which they won’t, because we will win it this year!) 🙂 I mean can you imagine Spurs winning a EPL title in our lifetime?

    They would be insufferable!

    Up up the Arsenal!

  19. Emiratesstroller

    There is too much discussion about all the transfers that Arsenal [and for that
    matter other major clubs in EPL] are likely to make in this transfer window.

    Realistically Arsenal will buy one player in January and that is likely to be Elneny who can play either DMF or CMF position. At the moment Arsenal are without Coquelin, Cazorla and Wilshire, but unless none of these players is likely to return before mid February I think that it is highly unlikely that Wenger will buy a second midfielder.

    Personally I don’t see Arsenal buying another striker/forward in January and
    certainly not Deeney at a suggested transfer fee of £20 million. This is not the
    kind of investment that Wenger will make, because frankly he is not an upgrade on the current forwards we have got. Also with Sanchez returning we
    have got 4 forwards to cover two positions in team.

    Realistically Arsenal should keep their powder dry until the Summer when there is a realistic chance that we can buy ‘world class’ players. In January there is absolutely no chance of buying genuine world class players. Most are
    playing for clubs in Champions League and are unlikely to leave in mid season.

    Wenger is not a Manager who will pay an inflated transfer fee at this time of year.

  20. Leedsgunner

    “Wenger is not a Manager who will pay an inflated transfer fee at this time of year.”

    True as a general principle but there are exceptions.

    Although didn’t he buy Reyes and Arshavin in January for club record fees in January? Shame both of them were not utilised properly. Obviously the fault doesn’t lie completely with Wenger and they player’s attitudes have to bear equal blame but there’s no denying he could have handled them better.

  21. freddylekgunner

    Personally I think Arshavin did well for us, atleast not a poor signing and Reyes not bad either only was keen to go back to spain.

  22. qna

    Wallace: it just won’t happen

    Ok then.Then somebody else – Sane, Isco, Mahrez. I still call on the club to go out and get a player for our wide right £30m to £40m as well as a top holding midfielder (nobody better than Kroos) as well as a world class striker (much harder to find).

    The club has got massive amounts of cash in the bank that should be invested in the first team. As well, we have some valuable (in terms of cash value) assets that perennially underperform while draining our available wages. I would like us to cash out on at least 2 of our british players – from these Walcott, Wilshere, Oxlaide, Welbeck. The money we raise will free up wages and make a considerable portion of the transfer fee of a first team player that will deliver more than any of these 4.

  23. Sukky

    We have to change alot but many of our players are out injured. It will be tricky but Ozil, Koscielny, Giroud, Monreal and Walcott must sit this one out. Ramsey need a rest too but who can we trust with that position, Mertesacker needs a rest. Ospina in goal, debuchy, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Gibbs as the back four, cambers and Flamini as the double pivot, Oxlade-Chamberlain and adeliede on the wings, ramsey as the number 10 and Campbell leading the line. We manage to rest players and we can go through at the same time.

  24. qna

    Emirates. Agreed. He usually doesnt do what is needed. He is an expert in under-estimating his requirements. I agree that we shouldnt buy any player – and if these top players that can actually improve us cant be bought in the winter we should wait until the summer.

    But the situation at Arsenal will always be unacceptable to me as long as we hoard these cash reserves instead of investing into the first team.

    While Wenger usually does not spend inflated prices in January, he has arguably never been in this position – 12 years without winning the league and somehow finds himself on top of the league, even when the team is not playing particularly well. If there was ever a time for Wenger to buy himself a bit of success it is this January.

  25. qna

    “We have to change alot but many of our players are out injured. It will be tricky but Ozil, Koscielny, Giroud, Monreal and Walcott ”

    The best thing that could possibly happen to us is if we get knocked straight out of the FA cup and the CL. However, its impossible to wish this to happen. But it is an absolute must that Ozil gets a rest. I would not be resting Walcott. Apart from one wonder goal, he has been quite poor this season. People keep talking about his runs. They are not that exceptional. He needs to play himself into form. He doesnt need a rest. He rests on matchday about 18 yards out.

  26. Carts

    “I find it quite amusing how everyone goes on about how Ozil’s has a major weakness, which is his goal scoring. He is often criticized for this, even this season with all of his assists.

    This season he has 5 goals in 25 apps.On the other hand, Walcott is a top striker worth every penny of the 140k/wk we pay him. He has 5 goals in 18 apps,”

    Are you implying that Ozil gets more flack than Walcott though their goal return is similar but Ozil lays it on the plate for Giroud on a daily?

  27. Nasri's Mouth

    If we’re comparing Ozil’s goal record against Walcott, it’s worth pointing out he’s played almost twice as many minutes this season as Walcott.

    Oranges vs oranges and all that.

    Personally I think Ozil should score a few more, but it’s the smallest of criticisms given what else he gives to the side.

  28. Nasri's Mouth

    Rosicky back in training apparently. Will take him a while to get back up to speed, but still good news

  29. salparadisenyc

    With ES regarding signage of new players.

    If Wenger didn’t bring a CF in this summer, really a slim chance he will this month. He’s got OG, Walcott and Welbeck coming back at some point.

    Looks like Elneny is done, I was in Switzerland two days a ago and papers reporting its completed awaiting formal announcement. I’d love to see Rabiot as well, we have the space and he has the quality imo. A pivot of Rabiot and Ramsay is pretty tasty. With Wilshire, Arteta and Flamini in the squad highly unlikely regardless of fitness, Wenger’s opting for spirit over quality with some. Keen to seen if thats enough in this topsy turvy season.

    One things for certain, if we don’t take the title Wengers opened pandora’s box regarding transfers imo, well come close and the elephant in the room will be would a more ruthless window of been the difference.

  30. qna

    My point is the double standards.

    Walcott is defended as being acceptable – even though he is actually a striker.

    Yet a number 10 with the same goal return is critisised as a waste of money. Only 10k/wk difference in their current salary too by the way.

    Theo Walcott has now had more than enough opportunity to show whether he is good enough to be Arsenal’s highest paid striker – and therefore its marquee striker. He has failed. The British core project is a failure. Only Ramsey can be considered even remotely a pass. We should sell Walcott and buy a forward like Marco Reus who is actually worth that pay packet.

  31. gambon

    Lol, what is all this bollocks about us being after Kroos or Fekir.

    Why would Wenger want to “kill” Chamberlain and Wilshere?

    Every top club in world football would be interested in both, therefore Wenger will shit himself and politely step aside.

  32. Nasri's Mouth

    @qna

    The whole thing is a stupid argument.

    Anyone arguing that Ozil is waste of money because he doesn’t score enough goals is missing the point that is obvious it slaps you in the face with an Halibut

    Anyone comparing his goal output with Walcott is missing the point that is obvious it slaps you in the face with an Halibut

  33. Red&White4life

    “Lol, what is all this bollocks about us being after Kroos or Fekir.”

    Classic transfer window bollocks, as usual…

  34. Carts

    “Personally I think Ozil should score a few more, but it’s the smallest of criticisms given what else he gives to the side.”

    Without doubt Ozil should score more. This is an inexcusable fact.

    If a man can lay on 9 goal scoring chances, and on average almost half a dozen per game, and in some case not one created chance has been taken, then why isn’t he at least scoring more goals?

    As a striker, as opposed to a playmaker, you’re not expected to do very much but score. If you can slide tackle and perform Higginbottom throw-ins then cool. Walcott doesn’t do anything, BUT seldom score.

    So an argument could be made that Ozil does much more as a COMPLETE player, where as Walcott does very LITTLE as an ATTACKER.

  35. Nasri's Mouth

    No-one will be signing Kroos or Fekir in January

    one wont want to leave, or his club to sell him, the other is suffering from a serious injury that might fuck up the rest of his career.

    Still, lets make it all about Wenger shall we ?

  36. qna

    NM: “Anyone arguing that Ozil is waste of money because he doesn’t score enough goals is missing the point that is obvious it slaps you in the face with an Halibut

    The two previous seasons MO was slated for his goal return. Yet it was not much difference to Theos. Yet people suggest that Theo is worthy of being Arsenal Football Clubs highest paid striker.

    It is a double standard. Now that Mesut has his assits, everyone is on board. But still people are saying – he has improved. He is a different player. No. He was always the best player on this team since he arrived (possible exception of Sanchez at some points). His key passes per game has maybe increased by 0.5/game over each season but even in his first year, his key passes stat was exceptional.

    NM: Anyone comparing his goal output with Walcott is missing the point that is obvious it slaps you in the face with an Halibut

    Who can one compare Theo’s goal ouptut with then Nasri – he is the most overpaid under acheiving footballer in the world. I doubt there is anyone that has led such a privileged career without actually producing that Theo Walcott.

    For me, he is an excellent finisher. But all other aspects of his game are average. He is a luxury that Arsenal cant afford if we are to compete with City and the other big 2 clubs in years to come.

  37. Emiratesstroller

    qna

    The term “need” when you discuss Arsenal is based on our injury record and not on the players who are registered and on our books.

    Arsenal have got currently on their books 9 midfield players and that will rise to 10 with acquisition of Elneny. Despite injuries to Coquelin, Cazorla and Wilshire I don’t see Arsenal bringing in any more in this department unless
    there are disposals.

    Similarly we have 5 forwards on our books excluding Gnabry who is returning.
    The only reason that Campbell was not sold in summer was the injury to Welbeck so again I don’t see Arsenal going out and buying a new forward in January. The suggestion that Arsenal would spend £20 million on Deeney who has managed just 6 goals all season is absurd. Welbeck who was a full international and scored more goals cost us £16 million!

    I think that Debuchy will leave in January, because Wenger has more or less
    said as much, but I don’t see anyone else leaving. There are at least three players in our squad who can play at RB in an emergency e.g. Gabriel, Chambers
    and Flamini.

    However, Wenger will need to bring in at least 4-5 replacement players in summer. We know that Arteta, Flamini and Rosicky are leaving. Also you need to factor in that both Ospina and Debuchy will go as well.

    Elneny will be coming in this month so you are discussion perhaps 4 arrivals
    in summer, although a couple might be players who are currently out on loan
    eg Szczesny or Martinez in goal and Jenkinson at RB. These players are probably good enough as squad members.

  38. qna

    Theo Walcott’s Arsenal Career:

    Year Apps Goals
    2005–06 0 0
    2006–07 32 1
    2007–08 39 7
    2008–09 35 6
    2009–10 30 4
    2010–11 38 13
    2011–12 46 11
    2012–13 43 21
    2013–14 18 6
    2014–15 20 7
    2015–16 20 5

  39. Nasri's Mouth

    @Carts

    Ozil missed some scoring opportunities in his first season. There was the occasional messed shot, or nervousness in front of goal, but much less so now.

    Walcott has scored a lot of goals, and has assisted a lot of goals. I don’t agree with the argument that a striker should only do this. I think every outfield player on the pitch has to do more than 1 specific job, and that’s been Walcott’s main criticism.

    But of course Ozil IS a better player than Walcott, AND he has been playing better. That doesn’t mean Walcott doesn’t deserve his place in the squad though. It would be lovely to have loads of players at the same level as Ozil, but it’s practically impossible

  40. Alfie

    “qna – ”

    “he is the most overpaid under acheiving footballer in the world”

    Ridiculous statement.

    I could do a list but I have a hangover so ill just do the one:

    1) Rooney
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  41. Nasri's Mouth

    qna: Who can one compare Theo’s goal ouptut with then Nasri – he is the most overpaid under acheiving footballer in the world.

    Any other wide forward.

  42. Carts

    “Theo Walcott has now had more than enough opportunity to show whether he is good enough to be Arsenal’s highest paid striker – and therefore its marquee striker. He has failed. The British core project is a failure. Only Ramsey can be considered even remotely a pass. We should sell Walcott and buy a forward like Marco Reus who is actually worth that pay packet.”

    Walcott has never been good enough to lead our line. Wenger has persisted with him for reasons we’ll probably never know.

    However, Walcott get just as much, or even more stick than Ozil. Well, in LG anyway

  43. Nasri's Mouth

    Carts: Walcott has never been good enough to lead our line. Wenger has persisted with him for reasons we’ll probably never know.

    The consensus (and it was pretty universal) was that Walcott was better playing wide than he would be playing up front.

    But he’s managed to persuade a fair few people that when he has played up front, he’s looked promising.

    I think he’s more effective against certain teams than others, and I think having the right players around him also improve him, but some of the major concerns such as his ability to hold up the ball against a much bigger CB have been lessened.

    Given how little time he’s actually played as a CF for us though, it’s a little early to be making a decision either way

  44. Red&White4life

    “Yep, but it’ll be Wenger’s fault that we haven’t signed him”

    Another “I almost signed” classic ?? lol

  45. Emiratesstroller

    The bottom line is that Arsenal play 4-2-3-1 formation at moment and there are only places in starting lineup for two forwards, although on occasions Wenger may bring on an additional forward as substitute.

    When fit our two first team forwards are Sanchez and Giroud and that is certainly going to be the choice for rest of this season.

    Walcott may play in starting lineup when it is necessary to give Sanchez and Giroud a rest, but he does not warrant a starting place based on his goalscoring record, which is significantly inferior to these players. At best he is a 10-15
    goalscorer per season.

    Campbell and Welbeck if he recovers from injury are squad players and nothing more.

  46. Carts

    @NM

    Ozil has to add goals. Period. I think its necessary especially if what he’s creating is accounting for much. Wenger should advocate this, if he already isn’t!

    I’m not saying a striker should spark a cigar in the 18 yard box till it’s laid on a plate, but coincedently, I’ve never heard a Utd fan berate Ruud Van Nist for doing just that.

    As a striker you’re not EXPECTED to do very much. But if you can then that’s a bonus. Do you think Ferguson, Moyes and LVG enjoyed Rooney receiving the ball off the defender on the edge of the box? If I saw Theo anywhere near Kos, other than for a corner, I’d be baffled.

    Walcott deserves his squad status, no doubt. The issue is does he deserve the money and persistent belief in his ability, from Wenger? no.

  47. qna

    Emirates. What is convenient to many on here is to completely ignore past acts of negligence of Wenger. So to that end, our squad is choc a block full of 23+ highly paid players.

    It is then difficult to reasonably say Arsenal needs these X players because it is completely impractical because it is difficult to manage too many new faces at any one window.

    But we should have already made way for these changes – notably last summer when we only signed a goal keeper, and yet renewed/kept: Rosicky (who wanted to leave anyway), Arteta (who has been a crock for years), Flamini. All three of these players should have been let go last summer.

    Now in addition to these 3 grandpa’s, we had a midfield with 2 first choice players, Coquelin and Cazorla, one able bodied backup Ramsey, followed by the crocked Wilshere and Callum Chambers – another I will play him until I prove everybody wrong signing.

    In attack, we had Sanchez, Giroud and Walcott – who cant play together in one team as the defensive balance is way off when they are combined with Ozil as number 10. To support these three forwards, we had Welbeck – who is simply not good enough for Arsenal if you go by even a shred of historical data, and Campbell, a guy who has surprised us, but is not really good enough for Arsenal and who Wenger was hoping to sell, but nobody was interested in putting in a big enough offer – tells you something. Then after him, we have kids that have never kicked on – Oxlaide, Gnabry, Akpom etc. All of them should be loaned until they prove themselves as footballers.

    So if we take a look at our “squad” with sensible eyes, we can see that we are well and truly short of quality and quantity. We should have already made hard decisions and moved on half a dozen or more of our current squad. Since we havent done that, we still need to do that, and more in the next 2 years.

    Also, when I say we should be after players of the calibre of Fekir, Kroos and Dybala – I am not talking about January – I didnt say that. If Kroos becomes available at any point we should be ready and willing to pounce. Fekir is injured – I am well aware of that – so was Reus recently. An ACL is a bad injury, but I have no doubt that will be reflected in his market rate – and that may now be something our tight arse owners might sanction.

    In addition to that, our choice

  48. steve

    Walcotts goalscoring return has been awful in recent seasons. He’s had one good season (12/13) in 10 years at Arsenal yet he’s payed £140k a week. Complete joke.

  49. Nasri's Mouth

    Carts: Ozil has to add goals. Period.

    It’s just not that black and white.

    The important thing is getting the team to win. I don’t really care who scores to do that.

    If Ozil creates 10 goals and scores none, I’d take that over scoring 3 and creating 5, (maybe because he’s taken the shot when the pass was the better option)

    If he’s fluffing his shooting, or not trying to get into shooting positions then he needs to sort that out, but that’s not really the case and hasn’t been for quite a while now.

    I thought his goal against Bournemouth was a very good sign. From quite early in the move, his intention was to score rather than to create.

  50. Wallace

    nothing wrong in having 3 players – Alexis, Walcott & Giroud – for 2 positions. I think it’s a good mix, and all should see a lot of game time. I think Alexis & Walcott is potentially the best combination, but you can’t ignore Giroud’s goal record this season.

  51. Dissenter

    “Carts: Ozil has to add goals. Period”
    Nope.
    Ozil has to keep creating more chances for others to score. That’s his specialty. Theo Walcott and his merry band of wasteful strikers need to take those chances.

    It’s this attitude that makes players like Ramsey want to bend the ball to score when a squared pass to Campbell or Ballerina would have been better.

  52. Emiratesstroller

    qna

    Our First X1 is decent and frankly if everyone is fit does not need to be changed this season. By necessity Wenger is bring in Elnemy, because there is uncertainty about fitness of either Cazorla or Wilshere for rest of season.

    Most of our squad players when they are fit are good enough to sit on bench
    and play as and when needed. They satisfy also the ‘Home Grown’ rule.

    The problem at he moment is our injuries and not the squad. That will need
    to be reviewed in summer, because you cannot hold onto players indefinitely
    where there is a reliability issue.

    Arsenal’s main difficulty is that MessrsWelbeck, Wilshere, Walcott, Ox and Ramsey are all home grown and are recipients of high wages. The only clubs in EPL who can afford their wages and more importantly are likely destinations if we sell them are the two Manchester Clubs, Chelsea and Liverpool.

    I think that Arsenal will be reluctant to sell these players to our main rivals
    even if that was a solution to our injury problem.

  53. Dissenter

    Its a complete myth that Rosicky wanted to leave in the summer and was only restrained by us activating a clause in his contract.
    Who else will pay a 34y/o chronically crocked midfielder 75k weekly?

  54. peanuts&monkeys

    Some of the misses Sanogo exhibited (link shared @07:28) were on display at the Man City game. Couple of them came from Ramsey. And few more from Giroud, Wally and Campbell. Few of them were inexcusable to say the least.

  55. Nasri's Mouth

    @relieable sauce

    I was being serious. I was just as convinced as most were that Walcott couldn’t play up front as a CF. I’m still not fully convinced, but he’s shown things I never thought he would.

  56. peanuts&monkeys

    @steve “Walcotts goalscoring return has been awful in recent seasons. He’s had one good season (12/13) in 10 years at Arsenal yet he’s payed £140k a week. Complete joke.”

    You know what there are two alternatives to this wicked waste of money. (a) pay 220K/week and get Rooney/Chavez/Aguero/, OR (b) scout smart and get talents like Ighalo/Vardy/Marhez/.

    Unfortunately this imbecile arsenal manager cant do noe, can he?

  57. Bamford10

    QNA

    You are talking nonsense again.

    First, you have Arsenal signing Fekir, Kroos and Dybala, none of which is a plausible signing.

    Second, you’ve given us this silly non-argument about Walcott vs. Ozil, where you’ve misrepresented the arguments about both players.

    Very few people here rate Theo Walcott, and anyone who does would acknowledge that he is a limited player who would need to be a much better finisher to justify his wages.

    As for Ozil, his critics’ point is that he lacks the shooting/goalscoring that a more complete #10 should have. This combined with his playing like a pussy at times last season and the prior drew criticism. Passing up shots from 8 yards out didn’t help. He has upped his game in a number of ways this season, so the criticism has faded, but I still think he’d be better if he had more power, if he could bang shots from 18-20 yards out. Maybe sometimes he would then finish his own runs rather than giving the ball to one of his hapless Arsenal teammates.

    But I’m not criticizing him, as he is playing well. This limitation of his remains, though.

  58. peanuts&monkeys

    @steve “Walcotts goalscoring return has been awful in recent seasons. He’s had one good season (12/13) in 10 years at Arsenal yet he’s payed £140k a week. Complete joke.”You know what there are two alternatives to this wicked waste of money. (a) pay 220K/week and get Rooney/Chavez/Aguero/Martial, OR (b) scout smart and get talents like Ighalo/Vardy/Marhez/.

    Unfortunately this imbecile arsenal manager cant do none, can he?

  59. leon

    I highly dought that wenger will be bringing anotherstrikerthe caliber of striker that this means 25-30 a season striker new club will let a striker of that level go in the middle of the season , dont get me wrong I feel they do need a striker I would off load campbell. In truth this teams needed to sell arteter flamani and champbell .This young dm playrer that they are looking to bring it seem to be the kind of player could do with has he got some rough edges I sure he does at 23 but is athletic very dynamic something without couquilin this team simply dont have. Is seem that risicky arteter and flamani are going the summer so I think youth dm position is the way to go,

  60. Dissenter

    Bamford,
    “As for Ozil, his critics’ point is that he lacks the shooting/goalscoring that a more complete #10 should have. This combined with his playing like a pussy at times last season and the prior drew criticism. Passing up shots from 8 yards out didn’t help. He has upped his game in a number of ways this season, so the criticism has faded, but I still think he’d be better if he had more power, if he could bang shots from 18-20 yards out. Maybe sometimes he would then finish his own runs rather than giving the ball to one of his hapless Arsenal teammates.

    But I’m not criticizing him, as he is playing well. This limitation of his remains, though.”

    That’s baffling.
    So you would rather have Ozil be like Ramsey and takes shots at goal when there’s a team mate that’s better well positioned?

    That’s actually one of the demerits of De Bruyne who seems selfish to a fault.
    Ozil’s ratio of assists to goals scored is what you expect in an attacking midfielder.

  61. Dissenter

    ““Aubameyang has not taken part in the training in Dortmund today”

    Isn’t the Bundesliga on winter break till mid January?
    Maybe he has a muscle twinge, who knows but the idea that a club will sell their best striker in midseason is silly considering what they’ll get by qualifying form the CL.

  62. Bamford10

    Emirates

    ‘Our First X1 is decent and frankly if everyone is fit does not need to be changed this season.”

    Not quite, Emirates. Walcott is not good enough wide right, and though playing well, Giroud is not good enough up top. If Jack were healthy I’d allow he would be an acceptable wide right player, but you’d still have Giroud.

    For me, the XI needs at least two players (RW & CF) and the squad needs another 3-4 after that (CDM, CB, CM, RB).

  63. Bamford10

    Dissenter

    “That’s actually one of the demerits of De Bruyne who seems selfish to a fault.”

    No, that’s one of the ways DeBruyne is superior to Ozil, i.e., he can score from 18+ yards out. And he’s not selfish at all. He’s equal parts goalscorer and playmaker. Ozil is really only the latter, but as I say, he is playing well and he himself has said that he wants to add more goalscoring. Kudos to him.

  64. Red&White4life

    “”When an Australian submitted the idea to call their daughter Lanesra, his wife found the charming idea, as she told a local newspaper.
    “We chose that name, Lanesra because it was unique and romantic. Only two years after his birth my husband told me he was actually named after his favorite football team, Arsenal, spelled backwards! “”

    LOL so cute!!

  65. Bamford10

    RW4

    I wasn’t actually arguing that DeBruyne is superior to Ozil as a whole — though I probably do believe that — but only that he is superior to Ozil in some ways. Shooting and golascoring is one of those ways.

    NM

    Sure, but he can score goals that Ozil cannot, and one has to shoot to score. Misses come with that. If Ozil had DeBruyne’s shooting, he’d score more goals. No question.

  66. Relieable Sauce

    Debruyne decision to shoot when he could have squared it to Silva for a certain goal was unbelievably selfish.

  67. Nasri's Mouth

    Bamford10: Sure, but he can score goals that Ozil cannot, and one has to shoot to score.

    You may well be confusing ‘cannot’ with ‘chooses not to’.

    Ozil is an amazing reader of the game, the best we’ve had since Bergkamp, and it’s likely that he decides the better option is to pass rather than shoot.

    Shots from outside the box tend to be an ineffective way of creating goals.

  68. daz

    Debruyne decision to shoot when he could have squared it to Silva for a certain goal was unbelievably selfish.

    Not only that but it shows a lack of maturity and poor decision making

  69. underrated Coq

    I agree with Bamford10. Ozil has often said he wants to win Ballon d’Or. Well, he’s gotta start scoring more even to make a decent claim to the award.

    Contrary to what Bamford says about power shots, he is more suited to placement. For someone who can deliver pinpoint passes, I can’t understand why he doesn’t even attempt to try to place the ball beyond the opposition goalkeeper from outside the box ala Henry. His conversion rate from direct free kicks is pretty poor too. Much room for improvement.

  70. Red&White4life

    “Ozil has often said he wants to win Ballon d’Or.”
    I think he’s in the right club for that.

    Not funny ??

  71. Wallace

    shots from outside the penalty area are a lot less common than they were 20+yrs ago. i’m guessing it’s to do with the greater emphasis placed on possession these days, and also the fairly small chances of actually beating the keeper from distance. i recall Henry saying nothing wound him up more than a teammate taking a shot when the chances of scoring were minimal.

  72. Relieable Sauce

    Its official! Pep is coming to the prem!

    I have offers from several clubs but have not made a decision. – Guardiola

    Daretodream
    : /

  73. Nasri's Mouth

    underated Coq: His conversion rate from direct free kicks is pretty poor too. Much room for improvement.

    Out of interest how does it compare with other free kick takers ?

  74. Nasri's Mouth

    @Relieable Sauce

    He said England so it might be the Championship 😉

    (though on the plus side, it rules out Swansea!)

  75. underrated Coq

    NM, I want Ozil to improve on those aspects like Yaya Toure did. He wasn’t known much as a goalscorer, was he? Its obvious he worked on it and he’s become very, very good at it, both from direct free kicks and shots from range. And most of his goals are placed, not powered.

  76. Relieable Sauce

    Daz

    Your right about lacking maturity, I think he has plenty of composure though and knew exactly what the best option was but chose to go individual for glory.
    Very selfish, but perhaps to importance of the occasion was lost on him at that moment??? 0 – 0(?) away vs your title rivals.

    I wonder what Pellegrinis response was… : /
    I wonder how Pep wouldve responded!

  77. Nasri's Mouth

    @underated Coq

    The free kick question was out of curiosity because I have no idea how Ozil ranks againsts others. It’s probably a tricky one, because the amount of comparable data is quite small.
    Personally I think Ozil is a pretty good free kick taker. He often hits where he’s aiming for, or close to it, and in a place where the keeper would struggle to save, but it’s a purely anecdotal view, I have no idea how he compares to others.

    And again, the shooting from distance thing looks great, gets lots of replays on SKY, but is often the second best option behind passing the ball. I’d love it if he smashed another 5 goals a season from outside the box, BUT not if it meant taking 50 shots to do so, which cost in more in the long run.

  78. Carts

    @nm & Dissenter

    So the inference is that cos Ozil specialises in the art of creation, he should continue to do just that? ok, overstood!

    There’s more than enough technique in Ozil’s left peg to get 10 goal in a season. No excuses.

  79. Carts

    “Bargain shopping in Watford? Thats our Arsene.”

    You know full well that Daily Star rumour is horse. They couldn’t even differentiate between Ighalo and Deeney.

  80. Nasri's Mouth

    @Carts

    No, that’s not what I’m saying.

    I’d like Ozil to score more goals, but not at the expense of goals for the team. At the moment, I don’t see him shying away from scoring, I see him making choices that make a goal MORE likely.

  81. underrated Coq

    NM, I’d say Ozil ranks pretty low in direct free kick conversion. How many can you remember him scoring for Arsenal? I can think of the one against Liverpool last year and that’s it. Even the likes of Eriksen have done better in that regard.

  82. Nasri's Mouth

    @underrated Coq

    How many direct free kicks has Eriksen taken though ? How do the positions compare to when Ozil takes them?

    Hard to know if we’re comparing like for like.

    It may be that Eriksen scores at a higher rate than Ozil, or it may be that his direct free kicks have been in better positions and he’s had many more.

  83. Emiratesstroller

    Bamford 10

    If you read my earlier posts Walcott would not be playing in my starting X1,
    but is a bench player to cover for either Sanchez or Giroud.

    We have had continuous debate about merit of Giroud. Giroud is a 25 goal+ per season striker and unless you find someone who scores more and who chooses us in preference to every other major club in world football who need also a striker there is little point on repeating discussion.

    As I pointed out on many occasions finding a flank midfielder/winger is one
    position where we could and should look for world class upgrade, but I don’t
    think Wenger will do so in January. He will wait until summer when he has offloaded some players from squad and can find suitable player at realistic
    price.

  84. alexanderhenry

    I know this is a predominantly anti wenger blog, but surely as arsenal fans some of you should be able to enjoy the position we’re in. Not a chance. Today’s subject for unreasonable criticism seems to be ozil. He’s been superb this season and has created more assists than the entire chelsea team. That’s not enough for some of you though. He doesn’t score enough apparently and should be more like de brunye who has a huge tally of 5 goals as opposed to ozil’s 3.
    On de bruyne, I watched him against watford and he was greedy, wasteful and ineffective. Spending an entire game taking pot shots from outside the box instead of putting players like aguerro through, does not make you a great midfield player. Ozil vs de Bruyne? Ozil wins hands down.

  85. London gunner

    I love Ozil and I love debruyne.

    But why does it to have to become a fan boy war where one person bashes one player to make their faviourte better.

    Personally I would have loved debruyne think he is quality in the centre and just as good on the wing. Could have been a great play making/scoring winger for us and dare I say in some games could have put in some good performances as a box to box.

  86. underrated Coq

    Alexander, how is it an unreasonable criticism? And how does pointing something like Ozil’s poor goal return make us less of an Arsenal fans? What’s wrong with hoping that one of our players gets even better? Who do you think benefits most if Ozil starts scoring more?

    You know, the sooner some of you realize the difference between ‘fans’ and ‘fanatics’, the better it is for everyone.

  87. Relieable Sauce

    OG has done well but is 28 and needs to be phased out.
    We should be looking to buy a young talented CF now to groom for the #1 role in one or two years time. Dont forget the cohesion.

    We do need a new CF because Welbz and TW arent going to cut the mustard, that much should be clear to most.

  88. Carts

    @nm

    “…not at the expense of goals for the team” – he’s actually overdoing it from my perspective.

    I mean, look at it this way. If he’s averaging 4-6 goal scoring chances per game, yet we win 3-1 and one of the goal is an assist by Ozil…that means we’re converting 16%-25% of what he’s creating.

    The percentage could well remain the same even if Ozil decided to go for goal on 2 other occasions; and given his precisional placement, there’s no reason why he can’t score.

  89. Redtruth

    Ozil should be smart enough to know not to.pass up opportunities to shoot yet makes wrong decisions and passes knowing full well the conversion rate from his passes is not that great.

  90. alexanderhenry

    coq, de bruyne’s goal return is n’t great this season .
    Complaining about ozil not scoring enough is like complaining that ian wright didn’t score enough goals from outside the box. It’s the sort of obsessively ‘anti wenger’ point that makes many on here more anti wenger than pro arsenal. If we’re top of the league it’s because it’s a ‘freak’ season. If we play well tactically it’s because steve bould took training. If a player is in good form or develops noticeably, it has nothing to do with wenger, if a player like ozil is playing particularly well, he’s still not good enough, if a £12 million centre forward like giroud doesn’t score 30 plus goals and isn’t as good as suarez that’s somehow wenger’s fault. If we win the league this season wenger should still be sacked because if it wasn’t for his strange, trance like hold on arsenal football club, guardiola would manage us and spend that £200 million in the bank that wenger refuses to spend on principle…. On and on it goes.

  91. alexanderhenry

    So, the master tacticians on this blog have decided that despite the fact that ozil has set up most of our goals this season, he should stop threading those delightful balls through for our strikers and instead, try and score wonder goals from outside the box. Then, he could approach de bruyne’s magnificent tally of 5 goals for this season.
    Brilliant.

  92. Leedsgunner

    Özil is Özil. He is the undisputed assist king in the EPL, and he should be celebrated as such. Could he score more. Perhaps but he is not a less player because he chooses to create rather than shoot blindly in hopes of getting it in.

    If Özil had a WC striker worthy of finishing off all the chances he has created even just over the Christmas fixtures we would be laughing. If criticism needs to be given, it needs to be pointed at Wenger who stubbornly chooses to believe that Giroud is a better striker than he is.

    For example had we been bold and purchased someone like Dybala in the summer or brought in Jese, who pre-injury was so prolific he chased Morata out of Real Madrid first XI — our goal difference would be ridiculous.

    Give Özil the credit, adulation, acclaim he’s due. He’s raised his game, Wenger decided not to.

  93. Joe

    Who said anything about Ozils lack
    Of scoring is wengers fault? Wenger actually has nothing to do with how good Ozil is. He was one of the best #10a in the world when he came to us and still is. Imagine if Wenger actually bought someone rather than Giroud and Walcott to convert his chances.

    It’s not Girouds fault he doesn’t score 30. Is wengers fault that he has been our leaf striker for 3 seasons and not someone like Suarez. He not Arsenal quality to play our lead striker. Bastin, rocastle , Wright, Db10, Henry, RVP……..Giroud.

    Wenger should of been sacked 6-7 years ago.

  94. jwl

    Has transfer window officially opened yet?

    Why haven’t we announced signing of El Neny yet, we heard he passed medical a few days ago. Is it work permit issues that holding the deal up? Why can’t Arsenal sign player that can for sure play without worrying about bureaucracy, that would be nice. Nothing ever seems simple with Wenger in charge.

  95. Carts

    “Alexander, how is it an unreasonable criticism? And how does pointing something like Ozil’s poor goal return make us less of an Arsenal fans? What’s wrong with hoping that one of our players gets even better? Who do you think benefits most if Ozil starts scoring more? You know, the sooner some of you realize the difference between ‘fans’ and ‘fanatics’, the better it is for everyone.”

    Well said!

  96. Joe

    Henry

    Wenger is never at fault.

    Who’s fault were the 8-0s, 6-0s, 5-1s, 4-4s, 6-3s, the olympiakos, zagrebs, the Diabys, drnilsons, etc etc.

    Who’s fault is it arteta, rosicky and flam are still at this club

    And t goes on and on and on and on

  97. Carts

    “Ozil should be smart enough to know not to.pass up opportunities to shoot yet makes wrong decisions and passes knowing full well the conversion rate from his passes is not that great.”

    Got it one, there Champ.

    I mean, how people don’t see this is mind boggling.

  98. Redtruth

    So Ozil has an eye for a pass but has no eye for goal..interesing?

    Surely if Ozil can thread a ball to a teammate through an eye of a needle he can thread a goal between the sticks!

  99. Nasri's Mouth

    @carts

    Indeed. I don’t have a problem if he scores a goal himself, only if he takes a risky shot rather than a less risky pass, and obviously I’d prefer a less risky shot than a more risky pass.

    What I’d say is I don’t think he’s passing when the shot would be an easier and better option though.

  100. Carts

    “So Ozil has an eye for a pass but has no eye for goal..interesing?Surely if Ozil can thread a ball to a teammate through an eye of a needle he can thread a goal between the sticks!”

    You can stop now. No really; people must enjoy being pampered and spoon fed.

    The guy sees passes on the hubble telescope can see yet we’re supposed to accept he’s not the shooting type; he just carries the ammunition.

  101. Carts

    @nm

    “What I’d say is I don’t think he’s passing when the shot would be an easier and better option though.”

    Tbf, you could be partially correct, but we’ll see.

  102. underrated Coq

    “he should stop threading those delightful balls through for our strikers and instead, try and score wonder goals from outside the box. ”

    No. Instead of always passing it to the likes of Theo and Giroud and pad his chances created stat, why can’t Ozil take a shot himself? Not advocating him to do so all the time but maybe Say atleast 10% more than what he does now. With his superior technique and precision, surely he has a better chance of putting it the back of the net?

  103. alexanderhenry

    Leeds

    Well said on ozil. He’s not the kind of player who will ever score that many goals. Criticism of his goalscoring is nitpicking. It’s like saying Bergkamp wasn’t that good because he didn’t defend enough, or Pires wasn;t that good because he should have scored 20 plus goals every season instead of 15.

    Look, I understand that most of you on here are anti wenger. That’s fair enough, but as arsenal fans and -I hope- reasonable human beings above the age of 12, give credit where it’s due.

    As an arsenal fan, I am enjoying this season. I am enjoying seeing us top. I am enjoying the possibility of us winning the premiership. I am enjoying ozil’s passing prowess. I am even looking forward to the CL tie against Barcelona. So should all of you. Even Pedro is. ….COYGs

  104. Nasri's Mouth

    Carts: I mean, how people don’t see this is mind boggling.

    Ozil is listed as creating 83 chances. From that he has 16 assists.

    He creates 1 goal per 5.19 chances. That’s actually pretty good

    For example De Bruyne creates 1 goal from 6.9 chances

  105. Redtruth

    Their are many interpretations as to why Ozil chooses to pass rather than shoot, one such explanation could be he’s ducking responsibility and laying it squarely.on his teammate.

  106. Nasri's Mouth

    underrated Coq: No. Instead of always passing it to the likes of Theo and Giroud and pad his chances created stat, why can’t Ozil take a shot himself?

    This season I can’t remember shouting “arrghhh, why didn’t you shoot??!!” at him or the TV when he should have done that though.

    There have been times in the past when I’ve done that, not recently though.

  107. jwl

    Perhaps Wenger has told Ozil not to shoot from distance. Read a few interviews over the years where midfielders mentioned that Wenger gets shouty during daily training if players start to shoot from distance.

  108. Joe

    Can’t criticize Ozil He has been great this season. Goal scoring would be a nice bonus. Especially in the matches where we need someone to take the game by the scruff of the neck and win it on his own for us.

    He also needs a class striker to finish the chances he puts on a plate for Giroud.