You know when you say:
‘I’ll only believe it if it’s on Arsenal.com or in a David Ornstein tweet’
Well, the equivalent for football hipsterism is when football word magician Barney Ronay drops an opinion that sends shockwaves through Crouch End’s elite craft pub fútbol gatherings.
Today, he gave up on football’s most elegant enigma: Mesut Ozil.
He basically said it’s over. The dream is finished. Time to move on.
‘Özil is available to play now and may well shimmy back in with a goal or two, or an impudently brilliant assist against Watford on Saturday. But Arsène Wenger really does have to try to sell him in January. The idea of this Arsenal team as some high-grade Özil-centred machine has flickered at times. But that ship has sailed. This is over. It’s done.’
The guillotine poetically positioned above the quivering neck of Ozil.
‘Özil’s significant failings are strikingly English in nature. What has happened at Arsenal is that he has failed to develop, has failed to add any further gears to his game. Football has changed a lot in four years. But Özil is basically the same player with the same skills, the same needs, the same strengths and flaws. This is a kind of laziness. But it’s not to do with running or energy expended on the pitch; more a familiar, and very native lack of curiosity, a complacency, a failure to learn.’
Any last words?
‘We’ve all heard the one about needing special privileges too, the idea Özil’s work is so finely graded as to be almost invisible to the uncultured eye, like the most delicate component of some purringly over-engineered luxury car.’
BLOOD SPATTERS THE RAPACIOUS CONTENT GORGERS BELOW.
The party was fun while it lasted, but now it’s over. Question is, what does Arsene think? Has he seen that we’re playing better without his overly indulgent toy? Does he recognise that the German quarterback had temporarily broken up with us to sample the other fishy delights in the sea, only to find he wasn’t in the sea, he’d stepped into a really small puddle with next to bites on his expensive rod.
Mesut, we don’t want to be your pension fund in a world where your type can’t thrive anymore (#10s).
Anyway, I thought that was amusing. The football hipsters of Arsenal should just retire. First Xhaka, now Mesut… it’s really not going well. Maybe they’ll get lucky with Ramsey?