Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Özil: Wenger faith in me crucial

Özil: Wenger faith in me crucial

New boy Mesut Özil says that long telephone conversations with Arsene Wenger convinced him that Arsenal was the club he should join when it became clear he was surplus to requirements at Real Madrid.

Speaking to the German press, the gifted midfielder spoke of his excitement about the move, saying, “I’m really looking forward to it because I have the complete faith of the manager. I talked to him at length over the phone and he told me his ideas and he trusts me – and I need that as a player.

“I’m also looking forward to meeting my team mates like Podolski or Mertesacker. I’m excited for the new task ahead. I already heard how great the fans are, the city is great and the team is super class.”

The former Werder Bremen man highlighted again how it was important for him to feel the trust of his coach, something he didn’t get from Carlo Ancelotti.

“I realised I would not get the full trust of the manager [at Madrid]. I am a player who needs to feel that – and I felt that with Arsenal and that’s the reason why I’m signing for them.

“Arsène Wenger gives me the chance to develop and be fully fit for the World Cup. I know my abilities and potential and I would have made it in every club at the world – because I’m convinced of my abilities. But if I don’t feel that trust, then I have to leave the club.

“I will continue to grown under the new manager and I’m also looking forward to the Premier League.”

Translation viahttp://arsenal-esque.blogspot.de/2013/09/ozil-interview.html



  1. Aaaah I’m so excited now!!! Wenger really has pulled it out the bag, him and Santi in midfield, that is going to be brilliant!

    Thumb up 284 Thumb down 0

    • Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

      Poorly-rated Thumb up 39 Thumb down 180

      • do u not think that podolski will be back up striker?? he is a lethal finisher and his job will be made easier with Ozil threading balss through and splitting defences.. and theo will be striker number 3 if needed.. bentdner is only for coca cola cup or whatever its called..

        was a great window,, ozil,, italys no 2 keeper and yes defensive midfielder flamini, flamini as good as most df midfielders with the added bonus that he wont need time to settle and as seen against the spuds, he can talk and organise the younger players..

        my hat off to u arsene..

        window is closed so lets support our team and make the 12 man at the grove be heard

        Thumb up 93 Thumb down 2

      • False nein.

        Thumb up 115 Thumb down 4

      • The Thumbs Down Police

        Why so many thumbs down?

        Thumb up 13 Thumb down 50

      • This is a Tier One signing, no question, and a total game changer for Arsenal.

        Tier One striker signing will undoubtedly follow in Mesut’s footsteps. They will want to come.

        This is the real deal Gooners!!

        Thumb up 81 Thumb down 0

        • Exactly, I’m thinking Suarez, when he’s had his pre-season at Liverpool and want’s some European football.

          Thumb up 11 Thumb down 15

      • Everyone says we desperately need a ‘world-class striker’, but Bayern Munich only have Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizzaro, neither of them is close to world class. We’re one forward and maybe one defender away from the most complete squad we’ve had since the Invincibles. We could make those signings in January.

        Thumb up 36 Thumb down 1

    • I assume it will be Santi on the left, sorry Rosicky, time to make way. Although, on current form I’d play Rosicky ahead of Jack.

      Thumb up 108 Thumb down 0

      • Can’t help it… what is the best midfield-attack?

        Ramsey – Rosicky
        Walcott – Cazorla


        Arteta – Ramsey
        Walcott – Cazorla


        Arteta – Jack
        Walcott – Cazorla

        It is a shame that two of Ramsey, Arteta, Wilshere, and Rosicky are not likely to play.

        On the other hand, not many options in the front three.

        I think there will be more movement in January

        Thumb up 38 Thumb down 3

        • @Neutral – nonsense about lack of options. Signing Ozil GIVES us options.

          It’s not a shame about the midfield – They need the competition between eachother. Injuries and suspensions and 4 competitions mean everyone will have plenty of game time.

          It also means upfront we now have DEPTH. Sorry but CF spot is now Giroud V Podolski and that’s a great thing, with Sanogo as 3rd option.

          The combinations he brings us now along with versatility is frightening when you add other players like the Ox and Falmini into the mix. Our midfield just went from being bare to now being stacked.

          Thumb up 71 Thumb down 2

        • I don’t know if Wenger considers Podolski as a CF. and you forgot about Walcott. I’m very, very, happy about Ozil, but I don’t see how added one player makes us go from “bare” to “stacked”. Nevermind Poldi is out for 2-3 months and did not seem fit to play a full game all last season.

          I get it that your all high on the Ozil signing, but no need to go through these maniac swings of optimism and pessimism (not a comment for the poster but these forums in general).

          Thumb up 23 Thumb down 36

        • Delighted & excited in general…

          GK: Enough numbers, key is whether Szczesny continues good form.
          FB: As many as a squad should have with 2 for each position & Flamini as back up.
          CB: With Sagna the main 4 are good.
          arteta – Ramsey – wilshere – flamini (2 places available)
          Walcott – Rosicky – Ozil – Cazorla – Ox – Podolski (3 places available)
          [Walcott] – Giroud – [Podolski] – [Bendtner] (1 place available)

          Of course injuries are not predictable & sometimes there’s little you can legislate for (e.g. when all 4 FB get injured). With a bit of luck this will get us to January, the issues then (as it looks now) likely to be in my superficial gazings…

          1. 1 more for either CB or RB or DM. As though we have flexibility, knock on effects can occur. E.g. Sagna needed at CB (which I think he’ll be fine at) and Jenkinson injured/needing rest, thus Flamini to RB, but then we are short in CM if there are any injuries at all. Or Flamini stays at CM & we are short at RB, or Sagna stays at RB & we are short at CB. The youth options in Bellerin & Hadyn seem too far off at the moment.

          2. As it stands, unless Walcott or Sanogo surprise, another forward unless Giroud fully fires & Podolski comes back strong, in which case possibly another winger instead (depending on Gnabry’s progress)

          Anyhow there is no reason given our form over the last 6 months that we can’t be in the mix. Super.

          Thumb up 51 Thumb down 0

        • Well done Walcott for signing da ting back in January. Seven months on you have been rewarded with i) the chance to play ii) with world class players.

          Real fans like Jenkinson, too, he’s probably put so many Özil posters in his bedroom with the popped eyeballs staring down right now that his wall looks like the fucking illuminati.

          Whereas Van Persie… now he plays with 40 year old Giggs and 35 year old Ferdinand, Nemanja noknees Vidic, two bitches (Evra & Rooney), all of them carrying a bunch of kids who don’t deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as the 1990s United generation. Oh and Fellaini, I almost forgot. RVP’s grey hair is a perfect metaphor for the long fade-out of Manchester United.

          I’m not allowed to say this but I thought spuds played their part in a very high quality game on Sunday, their style of play, once gelled together, could possibly overwhelm some of those increasingly dreary teams like United and City. And fucking boring Chelsea parking the bus. But we were ultimately still a step higher in quality than the spuds, how sad.

          Anyway though, it would be wise not to be heap too much pressure on ÖÖÖÖ, it is worth remembering that this Arsenal team without reinforcements beat City and spuds convincingly. And whatever happens, refs like Anthony Taylor will still be bribed, losing us points.

          Thumb up 56 Thumb down 1

        • Excellent comment Bonjour. Could not agree more.

          Thumb up 14 Thumb down 0

        • Anyone ever thought about 3-5-2?, more defensive cover, more attacking threat and more compact?

          Sanga Mertesaker Koscielny

          Wilshere Ramsey Cazorla
          Oxlade-Chamberlain Gibbs
          Walcott/ Giroud

          Thumb up 2 Thumb down 8

      • I think we’ll still use Rosicky a lot. He has the trust of the club and the fans, he’s a team player who can deliver from the bench and the season is long.

        Thumb up 23 Thumb down 0

        • we will obviously use rosicky, the best thing about him is his positive forward grab the team by its balls and drag them into attack play

          Thumb up 7 Thumb down 0

    • A super class player for a super class club!

      Thumb up 14 Thumb down 0

    • Spot on George:

      That’s 1 of the numerous advantages of having a manger like Arsene.
      We might take him for granted but the football world respects and admires him.

      This signing made me realise why my girlfriend loves shopping.
      Spending money makes you happy :-)

      Thumb up 50 Thumb down 0

    • Super qualitieeee!

      Thumb up 3 Thumb down 1

  2. Orgasming

    Thumb up 37 Thumb down 4

    • I have had an erection for the past 12 hours ..

      A special thank you does to Daniel Levy .. you MUG ! Wahaay !

      Thumb up 125 Thumb down 0

      • The fool of a Took

        It´s quite amazing when you think about what a complete fuck up the Spuds are.

        They have been shite for a looong time, then they happen to stumble upon one of the greatest players in the world (yes, he is) and that brings them to the top four and CL for one year. They have their moment and get to play at San Siro and Bernabeu and all that yadayadaydada..

        Then they must sell the player because he knows that Spuds are shite and they only manages to buy half decent players as replacements and by selling him they´re helping Arsenal to secure one of the greatest midfielders in the world, aged 24.

        Now it´s back to finishing top ten for the lost souls up north.

        It´s not amazing when you think about it, it´s quite sad..

        Thumb up 23 Thumb down 2


      Thumb up 2 Thumb down 5

  3. Where are the wenger out gays now??
    We’d never have him with a manager like Moyes!!

    Thumb up 95 Thumb down 25

    • with the left and the right

      its important to note that nowhere has he mentioned that he wanted to play for Arsenal Football Club, but rather Arsene Wenger! Oliver Bierhoff remarked on how playing under Wenger would be an important step in his development as a footballer. Its seems like the only people that don’t seem to understand Wenger’s value are Arsenal fans who seem to think that before 1996 Arsenal were just a big a club as the Real Madrid’s and Milan’s of the world. That is quite clearly false. Blackburn rovers in the mid 90s were a better club than Arsenal. Leeds were perennially considered to be better title challengers than Arsenal. The rest of the world seems to understand that value that Wenger brought to Arsenal and how he has pretty much transformed this club to the status that it currently has and afford him the respect he deserves. but the very fans that he’s done all this for, the reason why they can all walk around with an air of entitlement and brag about what a great and classy club this is, what does he get from them?

      Thumb up 147 Thumb down 0

      • ^^ What he said

        Thumb up 25 Thumb down 0

      • Indeed. True and on point. Nothing to add.

        Except: show this to all those WO and SPEND!SPEND!SPEND! wankers of 48h ago. Rub their noses in it!
        It’s a shame the morons will never realize how dumb and easy to manipulate they really are.
        Rant over.

        Thumb up 13 Thumb down 1

      • amen

        Thumb up 4 Thumb down 1

      • Are you NUTS? Leeds bigger than The Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers? Pah!
        Under Herbert Chapman The Arsenal became one of the biggest most innovative and classiest clubs in the world.
        They may have been in some doldrums from time to time but they have a long history and tradition, class and success.
        By your measure, Huddersfield and Nottingham Forest are much bigger than Leeds United.
        Up The Arsenal!

        Thumb up 2 Thumb down 4

      • Yes.

        Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  4. Tickets to his own show .. and I love it.

    Thumb up 3 Thumb down 4

  5. So looking forward to CÖZILLA.

    Here’s another article telling us shit we already know, but I read it anyway


    And you already know, Wenger is the type of manager that knows how to use a good player….this will be one long interlull

    Thumb up 40 Thumb down 0

  6. Our coach must have a way with words to pry perhaps the world’s best #10 from Real Madrid :-D However, I would like to think it’s Wenger’s pedigree and our club’s tradition that attracted him. This is the start of an exciting new era fellow gooners. Mark my words ;-)

    Thumb up 74 Thumb down 0

  7. Today I feel like a guy who had sex with a super model last night. I keep checking my phone and looking at pics. Feel so blessed. Mad love for picking us now lets all get behind the team we all love, fuck spurs, fuck united, fuck the chavs, fucky shitty and fuck the hasbeen muggsmashers. CLASS-enal all day bitches!!!

    Thumb up 64 Thumb down 4

  8. When it comes to trust and faith form Wenger, fear not my boy! Ask Diaby! Now go forth and express yourself! Lord have mercy on our enemies!

    Thumb up 62 Thumb down 0

  9. TTQS (Top Top Quality Signing)

    Thumb up 60 Thumb down 0

  10. Still oing mental.. 13 hours after. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJBKyTfCjCc

    Thumb up 11 Thumb down 0

  11. You just got the best set of fans in the world;

    Thumb up 23 Thumb down 0

  12. He’s certainly saying all the right things. Ramsay and Jack with Santi ozil and theo behind olivier. Great options with ox rosivky flamini and arteta

    Thumb up 8 Thumb down 1

  13. Can’t wait to see him play. Will be crossing fingers, touching wood and praying to every God that he comes back from international duty without injury!

    Thumb up 28 Thumb down 1

  14. Idon'teatchipscozIhatesp*ds

    Pure class, I delighted for every Arsenal fan. We’re the best club in the world and well deserve it!

    Thumb up 25 Thumb down 0

  15. Idon'teatchipscozIhatesp*ds


    Thumb up 7 Thumb down 0

  16. Always handing speaking 3 languages fluently (English, French, German) and can even manage a bit of Japanese…
    Ozil is one of my favourite players in world football, who’ll fit our play perfectly. He’ll be excellent on the counter-attack with Walcott as well as breaking down defences).
    This signing feels like a game changer. Not just because of what it lets us do this season (it will be a tough battle and I honestly feel anywhere from 1st – 6th is possible) but because of what it lets us do in January and the summer. Any goal-hungry striker would want to play in front of a Ozil/ Cazorla combo… I don’t know who’ll be available in January (Liverpool are pretty fixed he won’t go to a rival particularly now they’ve fooled themselves they’re title challengers) but there have to be players in the summer at worst.
    For now, though, I’m just going to enjoy watching this guy and the development of a team that seems to have a real spirit and cohesion (TGSTEL aside!). The interlull can’t end soon enough…

    Thumb up 25 Thumb down 1

  17. And so the downward spiral. The ‘Demoyes’ if you will begins. Where’s your ambition now Van Payslip.

    Thumb up 82 Thumb down 2

    • A bit early I think, but I also get the sense United’s reign is coming to a halt. Moyes seems out of place there.

      That being said, and as much as I loathe vengeance, rvp getting stuck there should it transpire will make my day.

      Thumb up 16 Thumb down 0

  18. What striker would not want to have Carzola, Wilshere and Ozil behind them? Onwards and upwards!! #COYG

    Thumb up 34 Thumb down 0

    • Sorry, but Wilshere?

      In his two seasons where he played (a lot) in the first team 2010-11 and 2012-13 he had 3 assists in each season. Rosicky played most in 2011-2012 and had 6 assists, even better numbers at Dortmund.

      Thumb up 12 Thumb down 21

      • with the left and the right

        wilshere isn’t your archetypal playmaking midfielder. His strengths lie in a very unique mixture of technique and power, he creates opportunities by driving forward from deep, drawing defenders with him and releasing the ball. he might not get the assist but the pass before the assist is just as important. think about that play he had against Fulham where he tackled in midfield and eventually released walcott in behind. Walcott would have gotten the assist if that led to a goal but undoubtedly that play was made by Wilshere. Here’s the link:


        i’m getting really frustrated now with people who are doubting Wilshere’s quality. remember how for the past two seasons people were doubting Ramsey after he came back from a horrific injury and was struggled for form? now where are they? Wilshere needs time and matches. He was our player of the season two seasons ago, are we really that fucking fickle!

        Thumb up 57 Thumb down 0

        • and he will only get better training and playing with Ozil alongside him.

          Thumb up 15 Thumb down 0

        • Wilshere led the Premier League last year in pre-assists – the pass before the final pass – and he only started about 20 games.

          Thumb up 9 Thumb down 0

    • apparently the little boy inside van pussy would rather play with cleverly.

      Thumb up 20 Thumb down 1

  19. Özil, Cazorla, Arteta, Ramsey, Wilshere, Rosisky, Flamini.
    It would be hard to find a better midfield squad anywhere in the world.

    Thumb up 45 Thumb down 0

  20. It’s strange to think that at the time this summer was one of the worst in recent memory. But now all it’ll be remembered for is the signing of probably the best no 10 in Europe- for his best years. We’re building at team to fear, one or two more and Arsenal is genuinely approaching Bayern levels.

    Thumb up 51 Thumb down 0

  21. For the first time in years, we have a signing that truly excites the fans.

    It would be interesting to see how much of a spike in global shirt sales there will be now. I am sure the club and potential sponsors will be looking out for that too.

    I can’t wait for Stoke at home! (never thought I’d write that!)

    Thumb up 29 Thumb down 0

  22. Mehn Suit our zeal…
    …..FRONT FOUR..

    Thumb up 7 Thumb down 0

  23. Dont you feel sorry for Spurs? I mean changing stuffs too rapidly. Last season with QPR is a big pointer. QPR’s squad was better than its final position but you dont change stuff like that. Waiting to have a laugh at that bunch down the road next may. Mid-Table !!!

    Thumb up 14 Thumb down 3

    • Spurs, a Tier 2 team at best. Not a coincidence that their best season ever, and one of our worst in recent years still saw us qualify and them not. They just haven’t got the quality. And what’s more, the quality isn’t interested in going there.

      So they signed a load of blokes of no interest up this way.

      But the real deal, players of Ozil’s quality, would never even consider playing at Spurs. Their only quality player left for Madrid. These players only want to play in CL level teams. Not hit and hope merchants, like Spurs.

      Thumb up 3 Thumb down 3

  24. Very optimistic Gooner

    I can’t even describe how happy I am this morning, it makes it even better that both of my brothers are sp*rs and the will be getting even more shit then I normally give them!

    Thumb up 19 Thumb down 0

  25. Hope the guys in the chants department are working on a chant befitting of such class.. Welcome Ozil.

    Thumb up 15 Thumb down 0

  26. Totally made up with this signing, It is amazing how one signing can some how change the whole dynamic of the team. and for those saying we are short on numbers, we are only like 2 players out from the 25 limit and alot of the players below can play in multiple positions

    Strikers – Poldi – Giroud- Walcott – TGSTL – Sanogo
    Midfield – OX- Rosicky – Wilshere – Arteta – Ramsey – Flamini – Ozil
    Defenders – Nacho – Jenks – Sagna – Per – Kos – TV5 – Gibbs
    Goalies – Szcz – Fab- Viviano

    Suddenly the squad don’t look so threadbare as people have been saying.

    Thumb up 33 Thumb down 0

    • minor changes

      Strikers – INJURY – Giroud- Walcott – TGSTL?? – Sanogo?
      Midfield – INJURY- Rosicky – Wilshere – Arteta – Ramsey – Flamini – Ozil -CAZORLA
      Defenders – Nacho – Jenks – Sagna – Per – Kos – TV5 – Gibbs
      Goalies – Szcz – Fab- Viviano

      Thumb up 4 Thumb down 5

  27. The best so far about this signing is the mad rush by that rabble from Shite Hart Lane to Google to find stats that they hope will prove what a big mistake the signing was. One signing trumps their 7 in my opinion

    Thumb up 21 Thumb down 0

    • The only player Spurs had of comparable quality departed for Real Madriid yesterday, after weeks of the most embarrassing showboating by Levy I think the EPL has ever seen. Real small time stuff.

      They are just so WRONG in top class company, the Spurs. They just don’t know how to act with any class or decorum. Shouting and objecting at every turn like the little second class club they are. Real Madrid didn’t know what to make of them, and their out-of-their-depth antics. They really are just an embarrassment to themselves.

      No wonder the real quality wants nothing to do with them. They are just so small time.

      Thumb up 4 Thumb down 1

  28. What’s a Wenger out “gay”? Fucking monkey is right twat. Anyway…Ozil will free up Theo and Santi as scorers any runs they make he’ll get them the ball. Finally a big-timer in not out.

    Thumb up 9 Thumb down 4

  29. OG just became the seasons highest goal scorer, mark my word. The fluency of our midfield is mouth watering. There some much option in midfield now that TW14 and LP9 might just get there chance upfront. Massive grin on my face, I’m afraid my face might stuck like that.

    Thumb up 21 Thumb down 0

  30. I owe AW and the board an apology. Some faith, not all, restored.

    Thumb up 43 Thumb down 1

    • Well done for coming out and apologising and all that, but why is your faith only partially restored? Do you only have faith in a manager and board when they actually win trophies? What does that say about you?

      Thumb up 16 Thumb down 0

  31. I know that every Arsenal fan would hate to admit it, but we might actually have to get behind TGSTEL once Giroud needs a breather or *touchwood* gets injured. He IS afterall the next fit striker in line, until Poldi and The Ox (freeing Walcott to go upfront) get fit that is…

    Thumb up 15 Thumb down 0

  32. TheGhostofPeterStorey

    This is the ‘Bergkamp’ signing that we were all hoping for. Still very light up front, but awesome in midfield. I fully expect more quality signings to follow in Jan.

    Thumb up 15 Thumb down 0

  33. Big Chief from Antarctica

    I recall Fergie making a snide remark about Wenger speaking several languages, when he came to us in ’96.

    I bet any manager would have loved to speak German yesterday. Well done, Wenger, well done.

    Thumb up 46 Thumb down 0

  34. A false 9 anyone?

    Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0

  35. So stoked to have signed this player. Shows that Wenger still has passion for the club. The fact that Kroenke also got involved is a bold statement from the club’s board as well. Great stuff all round. Welcome to The Arsenal Mesut!


    Thumb up 22 Thumb down 0

  36. that french bloke!

    the fact we got ozil from our own hard earned money is ever more satisfying.

    Thumb up 53 Thumb down 0

  37. Die Arschblog

    Thumb up 24 Thumb down 0

  38. Ozil will be a magnet for others. Amazing signing.

    I’m also not against using Bendtner. i still think back to his academy days… there is a very good player in there.

    Not one of our players have tweeted welcoming the new keeper. Poor fella.

    Thumb up 28 Thumb down 0

    • Woolwich Peripatetic

      Shame he has such a poor first touch. That ball from Per that HFG brought under control on the run at Fulham? Bendtner would have lashed that into the stands.

      Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  39. Really provides us with a much needed boost and increases our squad depth. Now we can manage to rotate and rest our key players instead of letting them burn out. And it won’t be the same eleven always so the likes of Rosicky and Arteta can still expect game time. Their experience will prove vital to us. And on current form Tomas gets the nod over Jack.

    Thumb up 7 Thumb down 0

  40. Still smiling over yesterdays coup.

    Fucking yeah!

    Thumb up 7 Thumb down 0

  41. Wenger has truly outdone himself on the last day.. there is no stench of panic in this deal. That was a master class. Özil will be astounding for us especially. There are only two clubs that can bring the best out of him in the BPL and that’s us and *cough*Chelsea*cough*. And if we continue the way we are currently, we’ll definitely be at least top 2. Flamini was a sneaky but brilliant deal too. He’s combativeness and leadership shone through in his first game back, hopefully the youngsters can learn from him. Here’s to a new era. The Arsenal Era. ARSENAL TIL I DIE!

    Thumb up 20 Thumb down 0

  42. Welcome to Arsenal, Mesut Özil!!

    Good response from Le Prof to spuds spending’s.
    They paid £107m to improve to 1:0 but we will restore the 5:2 result

    Thumb up 21 Thumb down 0

  43. I can’t wait to see the reception Ozil gets on his debut.

    All in all a very good window, getting rid of 13 players who were surplus to requirements (around £700k off the wage bill) and bringing in a world class player and three good squad players…..well done Arsene!

    Thumb up 22 Thumb down 0

  44. Injury free season! Trophy full season! Let’s rally round the club.

    Thumb up 15 Thumb down 0

  45. Ever read something and for some reason you can’t stop smiling?

    oh the things Ozil does to me!

    Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0

  46. We definitely have to push for a trophy.. Özil is just one player but the boost he gives to this squad can be astronomical. I feel the likes of Rosicky (the most underrated and passionate player), Arteta (who has been a superb professional playing out of position), and Bacary Sagna (Best full back the league during his time at Arsenal) deserve some silverware before they end their respective Arsenal careers. Rosicky and Sagna have certainly been loyal to the cause, no matter what reason they have for doing so, and they reserve the right to usher in the new generation – We need a trophy for these guys, for the fans that have been here through the thick and thin since the beginning of our transition and for the manager, with all his darned stubbornness, has always shown class. COYG!!!

    Thumb up 55 Thumb down 0

  47. …”I know my
    abilities and potential and I would have made it
    in every club at the world – because I’m
    convinced of my abilities.” The difference between Ozil and Bendtner happen to be that he actually reproduces that on the pitch.

    Thumb up 9 Thumb down 0

  48. …”I know my
    abilities and potential and I would have made it
    in every club at the world – because I’m
    convinced of my abilities.” Sounds like Bendtner but we all know the gaping difference.

    Thumb up 3 Thumb down 0

  49. What a love struck bunch, you guys are and that at first glance. I fully share this love and looking forward to a very prosperous marriage. Go Arsenal.

    Thumb up 5 Thumb down 0

  50. When Giroud needs a breather, before Poldi comes back I think this formation might work. When playing away (if heaven forbid, Giroud gets injured Flamini could replace Ramsey. Its not ideal but we need to work with what we have. I see Carlton Cole is a free agent still. Might be a bad idea to bring him as a back-up to the back-up on a 4 month contract until the injured return.

    Arteta Ramsey

    Cazorla Wilsere Ozil


    Thumb up 2 Thumb down 2

  51. sorry, might not be a bad idea to bring Cole as back-up

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 2

  52. I can’t wait two weeks, that’s madness! Germany – Austria on Friday it is.

    Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0

  53. Perhaps the most exciting thing about the Ozil signing is the flexibilty it gives Arsene(you beaut). We can rotate our midfield in so many ways without necessarily affecting the quality of our game. That’s really what Wenger has been on about all summer. Ozil does certainly improve our penetrative side of offense plus we really needed a little more trickery in the side to open up pockets of space. All in all an excellent signing for us but if you were to ask me, the best piece of business Arsene did was tying down the “Brit-core” mid last season. That is our inherent strength.

    Thumb up 17 Thumb down 0

    • A point i had written in comments somewhere. The brit core enables us to effectively spend our corpus on a lesser number of players for a lesser number of positions. That essentially means we have more money per position for recruitment. Which usually will result in better overall quality if the recruiter has a good eye (which he does). It also means that less players will be susceptible to leaving as they are in one of the top clubs in their homeland. I think these 2 things we learned from the Cesc sale and from the failure of some of the average players we bought.

      Thumb up 5 Thumb down 0

  54. You can just see that we’re going to do a Spain and play matches without a recognised striker. it’s the sort of controversial move Wenger loves to make.

    And frankly, with our paucity of striking options and depth in attacking mid it will make sense.

    I mean who would you rather play if it came down to Bendtner or one of Jack / Aarron / Roaicky / Arteta. Exactly.

    Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0

  55. *groggy face*
    *rubs eyes*

    Uhh… wow… I had an amazing dream last night…


    I dreamt that – ha ha – the Spuds sold their best player to Real Madrid, and then, heh, 30 mins before the window closed, we bought Mesut Özil. Ha ha! Oh well. Back to reality I guess.


    Thumb up 9 Thumb down 0

  56. It’s possible to be hugely excited and genuinely thrilled by the signing of Özil but still believe that the squad could do with another couple of bodies.

    This insistence of things being black and white, without any middle ground, is depressing.

    Thumb up 16 Thumb down 7

    • Andrew darling, lighten up.

      Yes, it’s not black and white, but if Wenger has shown us how a great master-planner he is by buying Ozil (what we would otherwise consider an impossible feat), let’s show a little faith and trust that he also knows it’s not black and white and has yet another master-plan in the offing.


      Thumb up 9 Thumb down 2

      • #Too busy celebrating to speak English properly … that was meant to be “…*what* a great master-planner..”

        Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1

    • Completely agree – but if we can’t go piss-pants apeshit crazywank (at least for a few hours) after beating Spurms and signing the Ö, when can we?

      Thumb up 16 Thumb down 0

    • Yes. But, to think we almost bought Cabaye…

      Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

    • Somehow i feel the general Arsenal fan brings this grey into the Emirates as well. And thats why we are not the best home support consistently enough. There is a time for grey and there is a time for black and white.

      Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0

  57. Anybody have piers morgan and stewart robsons phone numbers?

    Thumb up 8 Thumb down 0

  58. RVP has just ordered white fabric dye – before that he was heard muttering in his dream – paint the sleeves, paint the sleeves….

    Thumb up 5 Thumb down 0

  59. Oi! Don’t be dissing Wilshere!

    He should be loved, purely for what he brings to this club.
    (Aside from the fact he’s also a stunning footballer).

    Similar to Frimpong… who deserves to be loved ‘just because’.

    Frimpong should be paid £50k per week just for the comedy!

    Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0

  60. I can’t believe the negativity of some people. I for one am really happy we have Özil he is a true world class player. It is a real change from Arsenal’s usual penny pinching ways and I think when other players see that someone of his calibre is happy to join us it will be easier to attract “top top quality” to our team.

    I’m not saying I wouldn’t have liked to see a striker and centre back signed but hey the window is now closed lets get behind the team and push on from here!

    Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0

  61. Lets start chanting…… ‘ no injuries during interlull…..

    Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0

Scroll To Top