Weeeeeeeelcome to Friday.
Critiquing Ozil is like telling Tom Cruise Scientology is fucked up. You just can’t do it. I’ve got people parked out on the hotel lawn with video cameras committing perfectly legal acts of stalking… and there’s nothing I can do, all because I made a loose comment about the character of Mesut.
‘Yeah, you don’t get it’
‘LOLLOLLOLOL So ignoraaaaaaant’
‘My god, someone make sure Pedro isn’t invited to next weeks Ozil-Believers circle jerk’
Jokes aside, I’m not saying he isn’t a wondrous genius with mercurial talents that go beyond simple football healing. All I’m saying is to reach e450,000 p/w, he’s going to have to kick his game up to Messi / Ronaldo team lifting standards. That’s fair I think. He goes missing in big games and I think it’s fair to say he goes missing for chunks of seasons as well. First season he tailed off hardcore fitness wise, with his sprints per game tanking past Jan. Second year he suffered injuries that muted his season. Last season he started like a hero from a place only the gatekeepers of the Ozil Dimension knew about, but then he kind of tanked with the rest of the team from January onwards.
Is it fair to say that I’d like a complete season? Is it fair to say that our great players of seasons past could lift the team? Is it fair to say that he is a great player who deserves special money, but if he wants the sort of money Ronaldo, Lewandowski, Neymar and Messi earn, he’s going to have to move his game to their level? I think that’s fair.
… but look, don’t ask me about that sort of thing, lean on Wenger to hear a gauge of how much he thinks the boys are worth.
“Yes, but Arsenal is a big club. It is not one or two players who will make the difference to the club. The importance is that we are today in a financial position that is strong, that was not the case before.
“That means as well we are in a position where we can plan our future, and do what we want to do. And what is important is always to take care of the values of the club, and the identity of the club, and not to depend too much on one or two players. The history of Arsenal is bigger than that.”
Errr, Arsene, wtf is this all about? Sounds like a resignation there. Those words read like you’re rolling over to the idea of losing the players? That does not sound like fighting talk, especially when in the same article, you’re offering Santi Cazorla, a man who has a terrible injury record, another new deal?
“We will extend, certainly, with Santi Cazorla.”
Dear oh dear. Hopefully this is just the manager bluffing.
Two things here bother me:
Firstly, Wenger is well known as wanting to be the highest earner at the club. I do hope this isn’t an ego thing. Ozil and Sanchez are worth a lot more money than Wenger is on and the club should pay. We’ve spent 5 years trying to find a striker, then realized in year 5 after trying to sign Benzema for the 5th season running, we actually replaced RVP 3 years ago.
Anyway, replacing Sanchez is a £65m job right now. Just pay him the money he wants, I’m sure it’ll be cheaper than spending 5 years replacing him, and less painful than making a point about the bastard agents in football hawking salaries higher than the main man Wenger.
Second point, and this one really worries me. The instability of having our two best players winding into 18months is dangerous. As the season wears on, the only subject journo’s are going to be talking about is the subject that generates the clicks. That’ll be the will they won’t they OZIL / SANCHEZ . Arsenal fans sitting there tapping F5 on newsnow like a mid-nineties kid pummelling a control on a track and field SNES game.
I just hope it doesn’t feel it’s way into the squad.
‘Nah, we just focus on our game’
… will be exactly what Theo Walcott comes out and says, but it does impact players, and it surely impacts the feeling of unity that comes from knowing everyone is fully focused on the job in hand.
That’s me done. I’m off to find the bastard Oziltologist who posted a cat poo under my hotel door. You bugger.
#FIRMALO (sign the ting in Spanish, for fucks sake, tweet it, let’s start a movement)