Wide player seems like a priority

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Arsenal superstar Mesut Ozil is apparently back in the mixer after his iffy first game against Mexico. Mr Löw said this of the German’s reaction.

“After the match against Sweden, Ozil showed a great reaction in training, as I expected from all who didn’t play,”

He’ll start the game against Korea as Germany chase qualification in a tournament they’ve certainly stuttered in so far. Good for you Mesut, I hope you make 6 assists.

Argentina made it through to the next round beating out Nigeria late on. It looked like Maradona had dropped an 8 ball of something special up in the crowds, there are rumours he’d been hospitalised after the game. The man must have some tolerance at his age, he must have a few bag men to get the fucked up during a game.

Ever Banega had Arsenal fans panties all up in a twist as he ‘liberated’ Messi (perhaps he hospitalised Maradona?)… he even popped up with an assist. That’s what I call World Cup window dressing. I’d take him, he’s experienced, he’s fiery and he has levels to the class in his game. If Arsenal are shooting for top 4 next season, we need to bulk out with experience. I’m just not sure I’d be happy paying £17m for him.

In other news, Kike Marin, the Spanish Ornstein, reckons we’re going for Lucas Vazquez of Real Madrid. It seems we’re keen on a wide man, and according to reports, we’ve made a decent financial offer for the player. These sorts of rumours usually happen when the client is looking for assurances. The Spanish wide man bagged 7 assists and 4 goals from 16 starts, which gets makes me damper than Wayne Rooney’s back on a Mega Bus trip. At 26, he’s at the right age, he’s never going to be more than a squad player for Madrid, so it’d be a good move for him.

Great to read that we’re going hard at signing in some additional attacking players. I’ve been wondering if the lack of sales is to do with the coach waiting to see him players in the flesh? Will there be a late July fire sale after a week? Or did the club do it’s big shifts in January?

All very interesting. I’m tapping out, lots of work to do. See you in the comments.

 

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  1. gambon

    “that we are going to work hard”

    Ozil is in an absolute panic right now, looking for some obscure, undetectable medical conditions he can fake.

  2. BacaryisGod

    Jeremy Wilson in the Telegraph (well-connected to the club) has written that we’re on the verge of wrapping up Torreira and extending Ramsey’s contract. According to Wilson, that will wrap things up for us in midfield at least.

  3. Marko

    Pierre will be on suicide watch with the news that Ramsey is close to signing a new deal. Hey I’m not happy about it either but at least it will get to Pierre so every cloud has a silver lining I guess

  4. gonsterous

    no idea where all this ozil hate began ? I enjoy watching him play. Without him, sanchez would have been half as lethal.

  5. Leedsgunner

    Özil has not been right for months… and he’s quickly going down the same path that Arshavin did. It has nothing to do with his ethnicity but his attitude.

    The club needs to do something to get him back to his best. If Emery can get him firing again on all cylinders he would be proving himself a worthwhile appointment.

    A top consistent Özil would be worth a £150m, at least, crazy market.

  6. Marko

    So we really have a collective effort now, in terms of how we identify players and then how we take forward our interest and of course Unai is a huge part of that as well. This is now a different way of doing things, one with a very, very accomplished team of professionals who we have spent time bedding into the club.

    A dig at how we used to do our business under Arsene perhaps

  7. Barking Arsene

    Anyone think that he (Ozil) may possibly suffer from depression?

    Might go some way to explaining the random absences and “injuries” that he picks up. Maybe the club just gave him some time off that time he was photographed on “holiday”.

    Not looking for excuses for him or anything like that – it’s just sometimes he really doesn’t look right and doesn’t strike me as being a particularly strong character.

  8. Chika

    Ozil might appear lukewarm on the pitch but he actually doesn’t give a fuck about what people say. He will go on luxury trips at any time of the year and still post pictures for everyone to see. If Arsenal DECIDES to indulge him then he has every right to grab it! He’s a quality player and hopefully, Emery gets the best out of him.

  9. Leedsgunner

    If Özil must be criticised on yesterday’s performance, it has to be on his lack of courage. From time to time, he hides behind his assists king image and he doesn’t shoot when he should… electing to pass to a team mate.

    He cannot keep doing this… he needs to step up and take responsibility.

    Özil will no doubt be savaged… despite playing relatively well yesterday — especially compared to his teammates. It was a failure all round… not just Özil’s alone.

  10. Barking Arsene

    “From time to time, he hides behind his assists king image and he doesn’t shoot when he should… electing to pass to a team mate.”

    Was saying this the other day – would be interesting to see how many times he passes to a teammate when in a position where he has a “chance” to score himself.

    Early in his career he was much more confident taking on a shot. Not sure what’s happened over the years.

  11. Victorious

    Marko

    “Pierre will be on suicide watch with the news that Ramsey is close to signing a new deal. Hey I’m not happy about it either but at least it will get to Pierre so every cloud has a silver lining I guess”

    Totally uncalled for,sure you ain’t this vile and unpleasant outside the internet?..you practically made Binford(not his slightest of fans) stopped coming here..seriously need to take a hard look on yourself.

  12. Marko

    Anyone think that he (Ozil) may possibly suffer from depression?

    Absolutely not. Zero evidence to suggest that he suffers from depression it’s a cop out that. Every disappoinment in football could be blamed on depression if that was the case. Fact is I just don’t think he wants to play for Arsenal he doesn’t want to be here but at the same time no one’s willing to make the move for him. He faces criticism from sections of German fans now not because of a one game or one tournament but because much like Muller and Khedira and one or two others they just haven’t been that good for a while and others should be getting a chance now.

  13. HighburyLegend

    @gonsterous : you are probably talking about the player that Ozil was when he has signed, a few years ago…

    And I wouldn’t really talk about “hate” regarding him… it’s just that his salary are totally indecent for what he do on the pitch – when he dares to do something else than just walking with his head down.

  14. Marko

    How’s that vile Vic? Clearly tongue in cheek I doubt very much if Pierre would contemplate suicide when Ramsey signs a new deal. I mean Xhaka signed one and Ishola is still alive and well. I mean I hate the thought of both players still being at Arsenal next season but I wouldn’t care that much.

  15. Marko

    you practically made Binford(not his slightest of fans) stopped coming here..seriously need to take a hard look on yourself

    More Charlie than me but I get that you sometimes fall in line behind him so you wouldn’t want to openly criticise him

  16. Barking Arsene

    Marko

    Not suggesting that he definitely does, but the discussion last night about him being the poster boy for the immigrant generation in Germany plus his status in Turkey might just weigh down on him.

    Or it could be like you said he just doesn’t want to be at Arsenal any more (or even in the first place).

    Third possibility is that he just gave up because we were shit. Maybe he will have a new lease of life under Emery. Hope so as he undoubtedly has the talent to play a major role for us.

  17. Chika

    “Anyone think that he (Ozil) may possibly suffer from depression?”

    I don’t think you can fully tell a player’s true character by their actions on the pitch.

    Who would think Danny Rose, the marauding all action footballer was having depression issues.

    Beyond the football pitch, Ozil doesn’t strike me as someone who would continuously brood cos of fans ill feelings towards him.

    Anyways, we’re stuck with him. I sincerely hope Emery has a plan to extract the best out of him.

  18. Barking Arsene

    “I don’t think you can fully tell a player’s true character by their actions on the pitch.”

    This was partly why I asked – it’s not so much the way he plays, more the mysterious injuries that he picks up.

    It’s possible that he does and the club don’t even know.

    Like I said he could just as easily be a lazy cunt as well!

  19. HighburyLegend

    “Anyone think that he (Ozil) may possibly suffer from depression?”

    Do you mean, due to AW’s departure ?
    Sorry, not funny… (??)

  20. Marko

    I would say Emery’s plan will be to either sell him or hope that he does enough in the coming season to get sold next summer. He’s not here long term wise and I mean with him and Mhiki and Ramsey and all these players signing on I mean we can’t play them all at the same time. Are we playing with three in the middle? A CAM behind the striker? No CAM but two wingers? I can’t see going forward us playing Ramsey and Mhiki and Ozil on top of a new winger and two CF’s I mean something has to give right? No balance

  21. Barking Arsene

    “Do you mean, due to AW’s departure ?
    Sorry, not funny… (??)”

    No, I meant does anyone think he possibly suffers from depression seeing as he takes random time off fairly regularly, can play well for spells and then his form completely disappears for chunks of time.

    Inconsistency is normal in football but the excessive time off just made me wonder, given his status and the amount of shit he takes on a regular basis.

    I don’t joke about mental health if that’s what you are asking though.

  22. Barking Arsene

    Don’t need a pill to relax.

    Not being rude just sure what you are asking then and what “isn’t funny”?

  23. Cesc Appeal

    Xhaka, Torreira, Ramsey will be the midfield then it seems.

    Really want to see what Ramsey can do with a real manager and coaches.

    He has all the physical and personality traits to be great he just needs someone to coach some maturity into him and positional awareness.

    Interested to see what Emery can do with Xhaka as well.

  24. Dennis

    I think after the WC Ozil could ‘come back’ to Arsenal angry.. With fire.. Paticularly with new faces around people who ‘d been around diff cultures. After WC ideal time for change in dynamic in nArsenal dressing shed,,,,,

  25. Dennis

    I think after the WC Ozil could ‘come back’ to Arsenal angry.. With fire.. Paticularly with new faces around people who‘d been around diff cultures. After WC ideal time for change in dynamic in Arsenal dressing shed

  26. Barking Arsene

    Will be interesting to see what Emery does with Ramsey should he sign on. With proper instruction I think he could become one hell of an asset to us.

    I’m excited about a new season for the first time in quite a while.

  27. Carts

    “If Özil must be criticised on yesterday’s performance, it has to be on his lack of courage.

    From time to time, he hides behind his assists king image and he doesn’t shoot when he should… electing to pass to a team mate.

    He cannot keep doing this… he needs to step up and take responsibility”

    Exactly.

  28. champagne charlie

    Marko

    You’ve got a cheek to claim anyone is hiding behind another, don’t try and chalk Banford leaving up to me to exalt yourself.

  29. Cesc Appeal

    Rambo

    We’ve let Wilshere and Cazorla go, that is a start.

    It seems like they are trying to get all the buys done first so we’re not caught in the position we usually are.

    I can’t believe Jenkinson is still an Arsenal player. But you would think Ospina, Jenkinson, Perez, Welbeck, Campbell etc will all be for the exit. It might be someone like Welbeck sticks around because of his pressing ability and also for the quota.

    Going to be much happier when Torreira actually signs add to that Vazquez, Martins or Pavon and we’re in decent shape.

  30. Jamie

    I guess I should shoulder some of the responsibility for Bamford ‘leaving’.

    He’s still here, though, reading all these comments. And as sure as I have a hole in my ass, he’ll be back commenting in the near future.

    Wouldn’t mind him coming back, as long as he checks his arrogance at the door.