Ozil proves the haters wrong (sorry mate) | Arsene destroys Koeman’s Everton

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Who said Le Grove couldn’t see into the future? Raise your hand?

You know nothing!

Yesterday I successfully hedged my bets in so many directions, I couldn’t possibly be wrong.

  1. Wayne Rooney to score.
  2. Ozil to show the haters who is boss
  3. Xhaka to make unforced error

I mean, all very predictable. What wasn’t predictable was quite how dominant we’d be.

Everton were abysmal. Mesut Ozil created about 962 chances in first ten minutes. Jokes aside, we created 17 chances in the first half, which was quite ridiculous. Sanchez, Lacazette and Ozil looked so good… Ramsey was off key, but he still made chances and found space to show off his incredibly poor finishing.

The game still didn’t go to plan in the normal sense of a dominant performance. Firstly, we couldn’t finish a roast dinner. Secondly, Wayne Rooney capitalised on Xhaka being fouled/dozing off in the middle of the park, he worked into shooting distance and launched a shot reminiscent of his original fizzer 15 years ago. So predictable.

We did manage to claw a goal back before halftime, the bang average Jordan Pickford proving out his Richard Wright credentials when he parried an Alexis shot back out to an alert Monreal who buried an inside post first-time rebound. A brilliant finish by any standards.

I was a touch worried going in at halftime. We were dominant without anything to show for it, Sanchez was sulking at Ramsey, even Ozil didn’t look pleased at some of the Welshman’s play.

However, my battered housewife fears were wasted, we came out in the second half and drilled Everton into the ground. Ozil led the fight with a sublime goal that saw Lacazette and Sanchez link up to feed him a headed first goal of the season.

Everton went down to ten men when Gana picked up a red for being a thug. It was all downhill from there.

Lacazette was found by a simple Ozil ball from out on the right, a crisp finish from the Frenchman ending his away-day goal hoodoo. Jack Wilshere came on and gave us some of that vintage Project Youth love when he found Ramsey through the middle, the Welsh wizard capped a fairly average game with a smart inside post finish sending Pickford the wrong way.

We still had time for a ding-dong moment, Monreal laying the ball off for Petr Cech – sunshine, bright light, poor communication, keeper dispossessed – Everton score a consolation. Really dim.

The final goal for Arsenal came when Kolasinac chipped a wonderful ball to Ramsey from just inside the Everton half, he laid off Sanchez and let the Chilean have a moment in the sun, burying a shot across goal after crafting some space for himself.

Thoughts:

A great win. Wenger dropped some serious Wengerball, reliving the sort of football that endeared himself to the fans in the early years. The style was sublime one touch magic and the passing was telepathic at times. Mesut Ozil looked every inch the £43m player we’d hope to have signed. Everything just looked so easy.

We still have major issues in midfield. Granit Xhaka has gone from being just an ok midfielder, to a massive liability. He has similar split character traits to Mesut. On the one hand, he does so much to help us build the play from deep. His passing technique and ability to craft space is truly exciting. On the other hand, you can count on him to gift the opposition a goal at least once a game. Was it really his fault that he was fouled? Yes and no. Sure, he should have been given the foul, but look, he does that sort of thing every game, where is the awareness? Communication on the pitch from others could have helped and Per didn’t exactly shower himself in glory, but Xhaka is a problem and only Jack can solve it.

Second concern is the Aaron / Ozil conundrum. Those two are like kryptonite to each other. It’s like a version of Lampard / Gerrard. They just don’t have an on pitch chemistry. We really miss Santi Cazorla, and that’s the truth. Here’s the thing though, we won’t have that problem much longer because Mesut is off, problem is, Aaron is a good player, but he’s not and likely will never be a great one. A challenge only the summer and some big dollar will solve.

Finally, as much as I want to join the ‘we’re back in the race’ bandwagon, I have to be real to you. Everton were a joke yesterday. They are a pushover side with no direction or passion for their manager. Don’t read into the next few games thinking we’re going to take down Pep at the Etihad. Let’s see how the holes in our midfield deal with a destructive Manchester City in a few weeks.

Still, I’m going to enjoy that win. We’re no doubt top 4 contenders this season. That’s progress from where the summer finished.

Also, can we all please take a moment to laugh at Liverpool and The Ox.

Finally, here’s the podcast. We’re a bit rough after a few weeks off, but some easy listening for your commute in this morning.

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220 Responses to “Ozil proves the haters wrong (sorry mate) | Arsene destroys Koeman’s Everton”

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  1. Wallace

    it is kinda ridiculous that you can’t say anything remotely positive on here without a bunch of posters jumping on you for having your tongue up Wenger’s ass. kinda amusing also, but mostly ridiculous.

  2. TR7

    Wallace

    ‘is kinda ridiculous that you can’t say anything remotely positive on here without a bunch of posters jumping on you for having your tongue up Wenger’s ass.’

    Disagree. I think most if not all people praised Ozil’s performance yesterday. But if someone uses that performance to rub it in the face of those who criticize his inconsistency then people will react. You post something positive about Monreal, Koss, Alexis etc. you won’t see people jumping all over you.

  3. Rambo Ramsey

    Anyone that says something remotely positive about Arsenal get abused?

    Wallace, as always you are the King of disingenuity and half truths.

  4. Bay Area Gooner

    Truth is that Arsenal put on a great performance albeit against a shitty team
    Ozil did well and we can hope this would be a confidence builder but history has shown that mostly this will not be the case.
    I do hope that it was a confidence builder for the team overall. Its nice to put an ass whipping on a team and score 5. God knows the last time we did that.

    Love how Alexis got his goal. Determined to get one right at the end. See that is the drive we need in all our players. Relentlessness

  5. Bay Area Gooner

    BTW- im not a big traditionalist when it comes to shirts but I love that shirt they wore. The black/ Gray is sweet!

  6. Cesc Appeal

    I see so many similarity between pro-Wenger fans and social justice warriors.

    They stay away from evidence and fact, refuse to be nailed down on a subject, will comment on the character and merit of an individual making a statement not the statement itself, they play the downtrodden victim in every single argument and they try to claim virtue and morality constantly so that if you argue from a position opposed to them they implicitly state there must be something wrong with you.

    Kind of amazing how similar the two groups are, or at least the ‘tactics’ *cough, cough* they employ.

  7. graham62

    Pierre

    The thing is you admit that it’s a game with you. Are you sure you’re not still at school? Never got picked for the team, right?

    What exactly have you done Pierre, that makes you so special?

  8. Rambo Ramsey

    Cesc, at the very least social justice warriors have a good cause which one can get behind. What these ‘True fan’ zealots stand for I’ll never understand.

    ‘Keep continuing to sing praises of everyone and everything about your team irrespective of how its functioning because….just because’

  9. Cesc Appeal

    Rambo

    The thing is, everyone knows what this space is about, and even looking on here is a sad indictment about what Wenger and Kroenke have done because you basically have apathy and mockery now, in fact the most stimulated I have seen the comments was talking about TV shows, Liverpool’s issues, Everton, City and Spurs over the past few weeks.

    No one cares anymore.

    Arsenal are like that mechanical horse race at the fun fair, only you are yellow and are told your horse never wins the race, why would you get excited about watching it take the lead or gain ground when you know it never wins and never attempts to?

    What joy can you get out of a club that is an American’s asset and an old, egotistical coward’s play thing?

    You have issues if you do, in my opinion, you are most certainly not a ‘super fan’.

  10. Rambo Ramsey

    Wallace, about 30 people in this thread alone have written positive review for Ozil and all the team. None of them got ‘jumped on’ except one-Pierre. I’ll let you figure out why that is. What am I saying, you’re smart enough to have already figured out why, not that you’ll ever acknowledge it.

  11. Rambo Ramsey

    Cesc, the laughable part is this ‘True fan’ image is something even the zealots struggle to stay faithful to.

    How many times after poor performances do these crowd come out with ”Okay Wenger got it wrong, the players were awful” etc? They have their favorite players and ones they don’t like, they criticize players and management alongside every fan during moments of defeats when it suits them, play the smug ‘Always believed in this lot’ schitk during wins when it suits them, take the ‘True fan’ highground when it suits them.

    As Jaime Lannister put it so succinctly- ‘By what right does the Wolf judge the Lion?’

  12. Cesc Appeal

    Rambo

    Pro-Wenger fans are more like hyenas, opportunistic and scared of an actual fight, but I take your point.

    So you are a pretty massive GoT fan then?

    I have such a man crush on Jaime Lannister.

    I heard rumours about how the show ends and I really don’t want it to be true because I would be so disappointed personally, don’t know if you stay away from that stuff or have heard about it?

  13. Samesong

    Dissenter

    Your talking about a managers ambition I’m taking from the point of he is not good enough for Everton. Burnley are playing some decent football at the moment why change and do a Koeman?

  14. Rambo Ramsey

    Cesc, I think Jaime was pointing out hypocrisy. The Starks forswore their oath to the Targaryens and rose up in revolt to protect their family. Jaime forswore the oath he had made to the Mad King after the latter ordered him to kill his father. The Wolf and the Lion are both predators.

    For me, Jaime Lannister’s arc is one of the most intriguing and satisfying as a reader. Won’t be surprised if he plays a pivotal role in killing the Night King. From being named and shamed as a Kingslayer for an actual heroic deed all his life, he’ll finally been seen as a savior-the King slayer who slayed the Night King and saved the World. Beautiful.

    Re Those rumours -surfaced months ago before the scripts were even finalized and handed out to the actors . Reckon they’re fake. Everyone thinks they’ve got Martin all figured out and the ending will see a massacre. How funny and shocked would you be if no major character died and everyone gets a happy ending? Would be textbook Martin 🙂

  15. Pierre

    Rambo Ramsey
    “Cesc, I think Jaime was pointing out hypocrisy. The Starks forswore their oath to the Targaryens and rose up in revolt to protect their family. Jaime forswore the oath he had made to the Mad King after the latter ordered him to kill his father. The Wolf and the Lion are both predators. For me, Jaime Lannister’s arc is one of the most intriguing and satisfying as a reader. Won’t be surprised if he plays a pivotal role in killing the Night King. From being named and shamed as a Kingslayer for an actual heroic deed all his life, he’ll finally been seen as a savior-the King slayer who slayed the Night King and saved the World. Beautiful.Re Those rumours -surfaced months ago before the scripts were even finalized and handed out to the actors . Reckon they’re fake. Everyone thinks they’ve got Martin all figured out and the ending will see a massacre. How funny and shocked would you be if no major character died and everyone gets a happy ending? Would be textbook Martin :)”

    Can you repeat that in English

  16. Cesc Appeal

    Rambo

    Agreed.

    Jaime’s ‘journey’ (if using douchebag actor terms) is one of the best in GoT. I find Jon to boring and bland, maybe in the books he is different but he is just too goody goody.

    Jaime is real, he is immensely flawed and then lost the thing that made him him (his hand) and so actually had to develop from infancy again almost in terms of sword play and being vulnerable and relying on others.

    You get the feeling Jaime turning his back on Cersei will have hurt her most as well.

    I really do want the leaks to be fake, just I saw leaks for this season gone in the first week or so of the season and they were spot on, would be such a let down of an ending.

  17. Rambo Ramsey

    Cesc, if you browse through GoT related reddit subs, you’ll see different leaks everyday.

    ‘I find Jon to boring and bland, maybe in the books he is different but he is just too goody goody’

    Well, according to one of the leaks, Jon initiates Winterfell Crypt sex after finding out he’s in love with Auntie. Would certainly gain him points for the dark, twisted side. Lol

  18. TR7

    Rambo

    Well, would love to know peoples’ thoughts on Tesla vs Einstein debate, also how credible is the allegation that Einstein was a plagiarist. Also there’s a lot of talk about Sabarina Gonzalez as the new Einstein.. some input on that as well. I know this is not the right forum but still would love to know the thoughts of those who follow all these closely.

  19. Cesc Appeal

    Was there some conspiracy theory that Tesla’s research was buried or something? Something to do with renewable infinite energy.

    Might be tin foil hat territory, but I remember reading something on it.

  20. Rambo Ramsey

    Cesc, With Auntie obviously. Boatsex is boring, Jon is taking it to the next level. Right in front of his ancestors’ tombs. Or so the leak claims.

    TR7, isn’t Einstein’s brain preserved still? Wasn’t it experimented on and declared extraordinary?

  21. Cesc Appeal

    Rambo

    I thought you were talking necrophilia then.

    That would be a bit better. I will never forgive him for passing up on Melisandre though.

  22. Rambo Ramsey

    ‘I will never forgive him for passing up on Melisandre though.’

    Haha, You reckon he peeped into Melisandre’s chambers one night and saw her without her magic necklace?

  23. TR7

    Yes Einstein’s brain is preserved in a museum but not sure about it being declared extraordinary. There are differing views on it.

  24. Rambo Ramsey

    Just looked up on ‘the new Einstein’ (boy don’t we just love giving away these titles these days) and one of the strengths that is listed on her resume is apparently “Spotting elegance within the chaos.”

    This reminds me too much of a certain character.

    Yes, I am afflicted by a GoT sickness.

  25. Mark

    I felt the players were playing for some pride yesterday. The hurt showed in Wiltsheres response. It was good to see us win by that margin , it’s been a while.

    I still feel our passing is to slow and Safe, lots of sideways and backwards passes. Not enough sharpness , confidence and accuracy . We lack a ball carrier who is comfortable taking the ball past players, not losing possession ,and can pick a final ball .This is why we struggle to break organised teams down.

    So let’s enjoy the win but not get carried away with it.

    Pee-ear, when Ozil is consistent & does it against the big boys, then you can feel vindicated.

  26. loyika

    Nice one Ollie!!!

    Get in!

    Neymar can as well forget these awards as long as CR7 and Messi are still on the scene (needs to work on his arrogance levels as well)

  27. Carts

    Tr7

    I’ve listened to a podcast on YT about Einstein allegedly plagiarising some thesis in which he won a Noble Peace Prize for.

    Can’t remember it accurately but I’m sure a quick search on YT would provide the info.

    I remember reading a theory on the Titanic being a cheaper alternative to the one we all assume sank in the Atlantic. Twas only last week that a programme on More4 attempted to address the rumour that there was a raging fire taking place on the ship PRIOR to it setting sale

  28. Leedsgunner

    Just spilt my coffee after I found out Giroud won the Puskas gong…. funny that one of the most maligned and misunderstood Gunner of recent times has picked up such an honour.

    Congrats Olivier, may you score a few more like that for us.

    Well done sir!

    PS. If the gong can be rewarded retrospectively Bergkamp should get one for THAT goal against Newcastle and Henry should get one for THAT back heel goal against Charlton. My two top Arsenal goals of all time for pure skill…

    What are some others that people treasure? ;). Arsenal strikes that is. 😉

  29. Relieable Sauce

    TR7

    What is the “Tesla v Einstein debate”?
    I thought it was more Tesla v Edison, and Einstein v Bohr (sp?)

  30. TheBayingMob

    What the fuck is the Puskas Award for? Is it awarded to full on cunts in football? If so why hasn’t Wenger won it?

  31. Cesc Appeal

    Leeds

    Not necessarily a great strike, but the Fabregas solo goal from the restart against Spurs (their own kick off) was one of my favourites.

    Saw it live, I was in the end where he scored and it was just a surreal moment, still celebrating the first goal turn around and Fabregas is knocking it in.

  32. GoonerDave

    Ozil’s stats are very impressive. I hope we manage to sign him up. Modern football is about having different options – we have nobody else close to Ozil in vision and execution. If he isn’t motivated, perhaps we should pay him more. A happy Mesut is a great weapon.

  33. graham62

    Charlie GEORGE 1971 Cup Final
    Liam BRADY 1978 “oh look at that” @ WHL
    HENRY 2006 @ Bernabeu
    Henry 2000 That Volley v Man U
    Henry 2004 v Liverpool (The Dribble)
    Henry 2002 v Spuds @Highbury………………….Pace, Power, Balletic Brilliance

    But, for me, it’s the stunning strike at Blackburn when he combines with Cesc in 2007. Stunning.

  34. Thorough

    Actually think we would be better if we buy two major signing to replace Ozil and Sanchez. No replacing one from outside and the other from inside. Draxler/Lemar and Mahrez/Zaha would be my pick. Sell Giroud, Walcott and other irrelevant MF and attackers. Bring back Perez and add a hard core DM like William Carvalho.

    A FIRST 11 OF:
    Cech
    Kos Mustafi Montreal
    Bellerin Kolasinac
    Carvalho-Wilshere
    Lemar Lacazete Lucas/Mahrez

    WITH A BENCH of Chambers, Iziguero (Burton, really good LB/LWB), Xhaka, Ramsey, AMN, Iwobi and Perez.
    don’t look bad from her

  35. Leedsgunner

    Cesc

    Funny what things your mind remembers, huh?

    Shame your namesake wasn’t brought back to the Arsenal. I remember seeing him live and laughing because I initially thought he was a ball boy who had mistakenly got on to the pitch.

    He was an amazing player… and he should have never gone to Barca. He could have had a job for life and a statue had he stayed.

    I remember the Leeds fans serenading Henry with a chorus of Va Va Voom when the Arsenal came visiting for FA Cup round in 2003/4? and him shrugging his shoulders in that very French way and so some reason I found it hilarious and I chuckled to myself for the rest of the game.

  36. Goobergooner

    Haha CA

    Those perpetual ‘turned corners’ after every win always turn out the same way. It’s like we like to go for a drive, but only around the block. Whenever it seems like we are getting somewhere we always end up back home. Only good at turning one direction haha.

  37. Ces1ne

    Only podcast I have set to start automatically about 15 seconds later……all bc of fckin’ “Mirror Maaaaaan Mirrrroooorrrr Maaaannnn”.
    Worst intro to the best Arsenal podcast……after the sh!tstorm of disdain it received a few weeks ago on here, I’m convinced Pedro is trolling us by keeping it there…………..mirrrrrrorrrr maaaaaaaaaaan

  38. TR7

    Carts

    Yes I have watched videos on YT. Just wanted to know what people thought of those revelations.

    Reliable

    The debate is who is a greater genius between Tesla and Einstein.

    Giggs is so full of himself. Throws his hat in to the ring everytime there’s a vacancy at any PL club. Why would Leicester or Everton hire him? He should manage a championship side first and prove his mettle.

  39. Batistuta

    Everton could probably get someone like Tuchel, should be a good fit especially now the club is lush with cash, they probably would get Allardyce though

  40. Dream10

    Batistuta

    Tuchel is unlikely to take the Everton job.
    He was linked to both Bayern and Chelsea over the last few months. I remember Rafa Honigstein saying that Tuchel is looking to move to one of the top 6 in the PL or Barça.
    He’s a difficult character who wasn’t happy with Dortmund’s transfer business.

    Paulo Fonseca, a Portuguese manager for Shakhtar in Ukraine, is one manager who is interested in a PL job. He has CL experience. Apparently, Sean Dyche is one of the early favourites.

  41. Don

    Rambo RamseyOctober 23, 2017 12:31:42
    People have got to stop overestimating Ozil’s abilities. Fucking come on, you’ve watched him for four years now, he is as limited as Xhaka. It doesn’t matter how great a player is at one attribute if he lacks several others that are necessary. The more rounded a player, the better asset he is to the team.

    That’s rich Rambo

    Considering Ramsey offers the team only one thing
    A useless goal hanging space where a cmf player should be

  42. Goobergooner

    A bit late but cracked me up all the same…

    N5October 23, 2017 14:08:09
    “Everton, take Wenger he’s a brilliant manager. Ask any AKB for an unbiased opinion and you’ll see how mad you were not just being managerless rather than not having Wenger”

  43. Samesong

    Agree TR7

    Sean Dyche is very defensive in his approach. Everton should not go for him.

    What big stars has he managed?
    The way Everton play Sean Dyche is not the right manager IMO.
    Good character in the game but not Everton level.

  44. graham62

    TR7
    “Sean Dyche is very defensive in his approach. Everton should not go for him”.

    I think that’s what Everton need, don’t you?

    Dyche is an excellent man manager and organiser. Worked on a shoestring at Burnley. He would be an ideal fit for the toffees, but maybe not for the owners.

  45. graham62

    Samesong

    “The way that Everton play”………………………Based on the weekend, you mean crap!!

    Do I sense a wee bit of snobbery here?

  46. Samesong

    Graham62

    No not at all, its my opinion. And Everton are capable of playing much better than they did against us.

  47. graham62

    Samesong

    Ok, fair enough.

    They are(were) capable, but they look shot to me. The EPL can eat you up if confidence and belief no longer exists.

    Imo, Dyche deserves his chance. It would be tough on Burnley though.