Arsene Wenger promised the fans a surprise on deadline day, and sure they got one in Mesut Ozil, the Gelsenkirchen born son of Turkish immigrant meets the “marquee” status the fans have always craved for, signing a player for £42.5m speaks volume, Arsenal just shattered their club record, in fact, trebled it in the process, and you also get the feeling that Arsenal fans are over the moon with the capture of the assist master from Real Madrid.
Ozil’s capture shows that Arsenal have all it takes to mix it with the top guns in Europe, when it comes to splashing cash. PSG were interested, Manchester United to an extent, but the German loved Arsene Wenger’s pitch, plus having two established internationals in Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski and being the main man at Arsenal on the pitch.
Madridistas were unhappy to see Ozil go, but Bale’s arrival left Real Madrid with no choice, and like the German media insinuated, Real Madrid was a circus that Ozil needed to escape, Sergio Ramos a close friend to Mesut Ozil is unhappy alongside the fans; since he joined Real from Werder Bremen, he’s captured the La Liga, Copa Del Rey and Super Copa. They will miss him, but the void would be filled up in no time.
How will he play at Arsenal? not a tough question though, because the biggest beneficiary would be Arsenal’s in form player right now; Olivier Giroud, Ozil will play behind the Frenchman in the 4-2-3-1 formation, which means Santi Cazorla will be shunted to the left (Cazorla started out as a winger at Villareal) while the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere would provide cover, Flamini looks like a player that has made the defensive midfield position his own with the battling display in the North London Derby while Mikel Arteta is still yet to return.
There might be worries about his pace, but for the lack in speed, Ozil makes up for it with those killer passes and sleeky dribbles, and the most important thing for Wenger is that, there are battlers who will make up for his defensive frailties.
To other Arsenal related transfer matters, when the transfer market opened for business, analysts highlighted areas Arsenal needed to strengthen; a goalkeeper, a combative midfielder, a winger and an extra defender, but to be fair one would say Arsenal have tried their best to do that, start with Emiliano Viviano from Palermo, the Italian international won’t stroll past Sczesny but would provide competition and cover, Flamini came in for free and he’s still got it in him, this was evident against Spurs, Yaya Sanogo on a free might not be heralded but they have also kept Nicklas Bendtner.
Depth wise, maybe Arsenal look short but that’s arguable also, Poldi and Chamberlain are out on the long term but once they are back, Arsenal look good offensively, Ozil’s arrival ensures that quality in the middle is world class and at the back Thomas Vermaelen would provide cover for Mertesacker and Koscielny and don’t forget about the January transfer market although Wenger is not a big fan.
Arsenal fans are once again optimistic about the new season that started on a shaky note, the international break affords the gunners the opportunity to enjoy the derby victory and Ozil’s capture. Turbulence may lie ahead but the Arsenal at the Emirates should be able to sail and coast home.
Written by Olawale Adigun