The capture of Mesut Ozil was definitely a major coup for Arsenal football club. He has lifted the spirits of everyone associated with the club and instilled confidence in equal measure. But is it time yet that we can be labeled as a side ready to rival the other cocks in the battle for the league?
Many are claiming that we have had an easy ride regarding the league fixtures up to date. However, you can only win the games put before you. The league is becoming very unpredictable at the moment and its shaping up to be a really exciting one. Any team regardless of its financial muscle can lose a game home or away. The level of money spent by the big clubs is not commensurate to the results that they are getting on the pitch. Spurs lost at home to West Ham even after the smooth transfer window that they had. Anyway, any misery for the spuds is welcome any day of the week.
Easy games like Westbrom at the Hawthorns are becoming tougher to even get a point especially with the squad depth that they have at their disposal. Their recent demolition of United further reinforces that position.
It is still early days but if we get through the tough fixtures coming up and emerge unscathed, then we can have a real go at the league title especially with our injured players starting to come back soon. I hope everyone is really excited and anxious to witness the mouth watering partnership between Santi Carzola the diminutive genius and our No.10 Wizard in the name of Mesut Ozil. This will create problems for any opposition with the two players switching positions throughout the games especially if Carzola plays on the left.
I am anticipating a situation where the boss will be scratching his head very soon over the perfect line up which offers the right balance to the team. Many people are positing that the double pivot in the 4-2-3-1 formation comprising of Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini will not do us any good. This is attributed to the fact that even though Arteta is arguably the best passer in our side, he has a tendency to pass sideways which starves Ozil the balls to launch our very precise counter attacks. Wilshere is a decent player with amazing potential which I hope he will fulfill in its entirety in our precious football club, but the idea of him occupying the left wing is very counterproductive.
During his period out with the injury and his ankle niggles, he spent a lot of time in the gym hence rendering him too bulky on the wings where pace is a mandatory requirement for any wide man. He does not cut in and neither does he traditionally hug the touchline hence denying us a lot of width vital to ensure that Ozil thrives behind the main striker looking for any pockets of space. Serge Gnabry even proved to be better than Jack wide in his position wide on the right in our away game against the Swans where his balance between attack and defence was eye catching for such a young lad. This however does not discredit or tend to imply that Wilshere is not a top quality player. He is just quite mediocre on the wings losing many balls trying to unnecessarily dribble through a plethora of players.
In finality, I am expecting Theo to be back soon and he will be a very valuable asset in the big games against Dortmund where we need pace to stretch their impressive midfield and their incessant pressing.
I expect that we will be fresh in our games after the international break really invigorated by the return of our valuable players currently out injured. Consistency is key especially with the other top sides breathing behind our necks waiting for us to falter and pounce. I would also like to see Vermaelen getting some action in the upcoming games.
Happy birthday to our legends from Highbury, Captain Tony Adams and Charlie George. These are real heroes especially with each contributing to our titles. Tony scored the vital goal that won us the league against Everton while Charlie scored the important goal in the 1971 cup final. Long live the ageing guns.
My dear Gooners, let’s hope for a quick end to the international break so that we can see our team back in action hoping everyone returns fit. While I am on that, please bear with my lack of banter and good humoured expressions in my writing as it is still early days in my writing. That will come up later.
Good time Gooners.
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