Ozil stories rumble on as he looks to max out on last major deal

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Half time entertainment at the Grove

A lot of news rumbling around the internetz this morning. Great banter from Olivier Giroud who reckons he’d last 10 seconds in the ring with Connor McGregor. Look Olivier, don’t be so down on yourself, if you can survive a cold night in Stoke, I reckon you could last half a round with Connor. Banter that the Daily Mail article said that 10 seconds was more time than he’d spent on the pitch the season… meow.

Stories continue to swirl that Arsenal might let their assist shy assist king loose at the end of the season as the club struggles to come to terms with the cash demands the German is making. As pointed out the other week by The Mirror, poor Mesut is but a pauper in the German national team. He’ll be wanting the big dollar to give his best years to the club… and who can blame him? Wenger can’t, he absolutely can’t…

‘It was always difficult. Honestly, what has changed is the size of the numbers but the difficulty was always the same. It’s always difficult to keep the good players because they are wanted by other clubs and it’s normal as well that the players try to get the maximum out of their negotiations because they have 10 years to play at the top level if all goes well. So it has always been difficult, you know, just the numbers have changed.’

… but look. I see the issue Ivan has. Where does he pull that cash from? Well, if Wenger leaves at the end of the season, and we sign Eddie Howe, that’s probably a £6m saving right there. If we need to move earlier for the big cash savings, then the news that Yaya ‘back of the net’ Sanogo might be leaving in January could be golden. Apparently St Etienne have some of those ‘this could be another KDB’ vibes going for Yaya… banter when we find out he won’t move because they won’t pay his £70k a week wages.

Theo Walcott just won’t stop talking to the press…

‘Again against Swansea, we had to be diligent, be patient at times… but we still got the win even if it would have been nice to take the ball home on a personal note. But that’s not the case.’

‘The Burnley match was a game where we had to grind it out. This game, when we went down to 10 men, we tend to lose, to be honest. There’s some things that are slowly getting better.’

You have to love that last sentence… wraps up our attitude over the past 5 or so years. Theo went on to say he doesn’t look at the table… yeah right Theo. Such a little liar.

‘We’ve been in this situation (top of the table) before. We started off this season before than we have recently. There’s always some sort of blip but hopefully we’re not going to have that this year.

‘With the squad we have, if we keep players fit, with players coming back, then who knows… You can’t really call the Premier League this year. It’s so unpredictable.’

Amen Theo, the Premier League is VERY exciting this year. Unless of course you tuned into the United vs Liverpool game last night and witnessed a most uninspiring 6-3-1 from Mourinho. The mesmeric attacking football he promised hasn’t come to fruition as he continues to struggle to work out the best way to pull any sort of performance from Pogba. Liverpool were disappointing as well. I thought they’d play with a bit more bombast… for how turgid United were, Liverpool hardly brought their big game.

I guess it’s worth noting though… Liverpool are stifleable (word?).

It always pleases me that the reason United vs Liverpool was schedules on a Monday night was mostly because they’re not in the Champions League. Big boy football starts this evening. Not that there are many choice games tonight. Sporting vs Dortmund might be interesting. Spurs vs Bayer could be good, especially if they get turned over. Tomorrow Arsenal play Ludogorets, which is a shame because it clashes with City hopefully taking at tanking from Barca. That’ll be a real test for them and Pep… I’ll be really interested to see how he squares off against them… a precursor for how he plays against the MIGHTY ARSENAL? Maybe. Maybe not.

Back to Liverpool just to keep the flow of this narrative disruptive and unnerving… Watzke of Dortmund CEO notoriety reckons absent Mikki has only himself to blame for his situation.

“Any intelligent player should consider in advance what kind of environment they are moving to,” he added.

“When you are playing in surroundings where things are working for you, like in Dortmund, then it is quite strange to give that away again once things have finally started to work out for you after a long time settling in.”

Cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would want to go to United under any guise they’ve attempted for about 5 years. But there he is, struggling. Sad times. Looks like Wenger was right to turn his nose up at the Armenian… BECAUSE THEO.

Wenger countered my view that he doesn’t rotate unless there’s an injury pile up his selection approach has usually helped with. Wenger on Giroud…

‘He is an important player in our squad. The squad is not 11, we are 25 players and everybody will contribute at different parts of the season. What sometimes looks permanent in October is completely revolutionised in December. We all have only one target: to be successful together, no matter who it is.’

Let’s see it then Arsene, show us a bit of rotation over the next month and show as that you have it in you not to flatten your team by December.

No words for the below… maybe £200k p/w is a bit expensive?

Catch ya’ll tomorrow.

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181 Responses to “Ozil stories rumble on as he looks to max out on last major deal”

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  1. Red&White4life

    @Wallace : you know, EVERYBODY knows that wenger won’t made a change before the 75th minute.

    He should give Alexis and Ozil some rest, but of course, he won’t do it…

  2. Wallace

    RSPC Arsenal

    I really liked the look of Akpom in the last league cup game. Hoping he can repeat it against Reading next week. Might have an easier job getting in as a replacement for Iwobi than up front at the minute though.

  3. Guns of Brixton

    Ospina
    Bellerin – Mustafi – Koscielny – Gibbs
    Elneny – Xhaka
    Walcott – Ozil – Ox
    Alexis

    Solid XI there maybe gabriel or holding

  4. steve

    “Wenger is like a new manager on a 4 years contract”

    ___

    Lol now Wenger is “like a new signing” too. What a joke.

  5. Louis Almeida

    Ospina
    Bellerin – Mustafi – Koscielny – Gibbs
    Elneny – Xhaka
    Walcott – Ozil – Ox
    Alexis

    I agree with this. Hopefully we’re in a comfortable position where we can rest Alexis and Ozil. Bring on Lucas and Santi for those two and maybe a youngster for Walcott if it’s going well.

  6. Red&White4life

    Amazing, it’s “only” Ludogorets, but most of the fans wants to see our major playmakers risking a burnout…
    Just like Wenger: “”why playing without them in our starting lineup, after all they’re still not injured ??”

  7. R.S.P.C.Arsenal

    Wallace

    What’s the point of only saying him in efl games may only be one more?

    The lads trod the boards as he was asked to , played the provincial grounds on loan…
    The lad needs a turn on the May stage ?

  8. Leedsgunner

    If our fringe players are not good enough to get a result from the minnows of the group… they should be nowhere near the Arsenal first team in the first place.

    It’s not about underestimating our opponents — it’s about preserving the squad for the race that matters — that is the EPL.

    The reality is the same XI that has been winning cannot play every game… especially with games coming thick and fast.

    It’s a given that Ospina and Xhaka will play both European games versus Ludogrets it boils down to this.

    1. Who partners Xhaka? Elneny or Coquelin? I prefer Coquelin alongside him and Elneny on the bench.
    2. Do we rotate the back four?
    3. Do we rotate the quartet of Özil, Theo, Sanchez and Iwobi?

    I propose this.

    With Xhaka and Coquelin in front of the back four the back four will be well protected, plus it’s at home. So rotate the back four for this game and keep our first choice attackers except start with the Ox and give Iwobi a break.

    The Ox says he wants to play more, let him play and show what he can do. He’s put himself in the firing line. If he doesn’t perform he has no one to blame except himself.

    Get the three points in the bag.

    Then on the return trip to Bulgaria play Xhaka and Elneny in front of our first choice back four of Bellerin-Mustafi-Kos-Monreal and rotate the attacking quartet… and start with Perez, Oxlade, JRA and Ramsey if he’s fit.

    If we pick up all three points at home, a draw away to Bulgaria should be enough to top the group.

    Plus we have the Reading game in the League Cup where we can give our starters a break.

    Our November is going to be just as important as this month. We play Tottenham, Man Utd and PSG. We need our best players fresh for these most important games.

    In previous years we’ve “wasted” the energies of our best players playing them every game because of fear.

    Wenger needs to trust his fringe players more rather than just playing them because he has to because of injuries.

  9. Red&White4life

    “It’s not about underestimating our opponents — it’s about preserving the squad for the race that matters — that is the EPL.”
    Amen to that…

  10. gnarleygeorge9

    Live on Bein 515 @ 5.30 am. I’m looking 4ward 2 it.

    A not A

    I know where you are coming from, but what can I do

  11. Sam

    Wallace line up seems ok

    Wenger won’t rest his senior players till Reading game

    expect him to patch them n push them for the next 2 games
    Maybe just Lucas and Chamberlain will start

    Maybe!!!

  12. Red&White4life

    “Wenger won’t rest his senior players till Reading game”

    You have a cristal ball ??
    Next lotery winning numbers please ??

  13. Sam

    I see Xhaka n Coq as 2 hardmen bossing premiership midfield soon

    Eating cunts like kante n Matic for breakfast

    kinda Petit-Vieira type partnership

  14. Sam

    Well a DM that doesn’t get himself sent off is a sh!t DM

    he’s a cunt, I wouldn’t sign that kinda p***sy in my team

    Xhaka already passed the test, He just needs to learn how to get away with it.
    Like Mustafi chopping Costa’s ankle with the ball. the ref saw fok all n Costa cried like a female chihuahua

  15. Sam

    Coquelin got sent off in his first game on loan in Germany

    Thats my boy!!

    and he had haircut like a proper kok, male chicken

  16. Sam

    # Will your boy Wilshere return next year? #

    Fit Wilshere is a bit too big for Bournemouth
    At least his mate Benik is there to cheer him up

  17. Bermy boy

    Ramsey and Giroud are like the 20th and 21st president of the U.S. of A . You know they existed but there is no relevance to the present its time to move on.

  18. Wengaball

    How many times have we heard managers say – all managers, not just Wenger – is what matters is winning the next game.

    All managers will choose the best 11 needed to win the next game. Rotation is not their priority. You don’t get points for rotating.

    The only one who uses rotation as a tactical tool is Benitez.

  19. Cesc Appeal

    Cannot express the sinking feeling inside knowing that hallowed turf has been soiled by the patter of Beiber feet. Shame on you Ozil.

    For tonight, I think a bit of a rotation, but not too much, Ozil, Walcott and Sanchez would all get rests for me, Monreal as well, not so much rest as ‘please wake up,’ though.

    I’d go with:

    Ospina
    Bellerin, Mustafi, Kozz, Gibbs
    Xhaka, Coq, Caz
    Oxlade, Lucas, Iwobi

    Caz did not go on international break, so we should be good with him, look to pull him as early as possible and give Elneny some minutes against a side who we quite frankly should be sweeping to one side.

    Be nice to see Lucas, see if he’s going to prove to be a shrewd move, a ‘meh’ move or a dud.

  20. Red&White4life

    “hallowed turf has been soiled by the patter of Beiber feet.”

    The real shame is Mesut’s musical tastes, which are a bit…. “special” ?? “weird” ?? “shitty” ??