It had been a long time waiting! As wise old me say patience is a Great Virtue, the Gunners fans finally have had their moment, that too on deadline day in an otherwise barren transfer window. Except their annual French acquisition in Yaya Sanogo, the pressure had been getting to Arsene Wenger to deliver in the transfer market. And Boy! the French Professor cum Economist did with some style!! I can’t help visualising the atmosphere at North London when this news broke out:
As the famous adage goes, ” The Greatest of all Gifts is the power to estimate the things their true worth”. Who knows this better than Mr Wenger himself? As he carved out a moment of sheer magic and announce a transfer coup of German International, Mesut Ozil from Spanish Giants Real Madrid for a Club record figure of €50m (£42.5m), it was a sign of intent from the French Wizard. The 24-year-old, German superstar has agreed a five-year contract, which is worth a basic £130,000 a week, with bonuses on top, having completed a medical earlier in the day in Germany, where he was preparing with his national team for the World Cup qualifier against Austria on Friday. After missing out on Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney, Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Gustavo, the barren spell has finally been broken and it certainly fuels optimism surrounding the 80,000 odd seater at the Emirates Stadium. Though many would question on the fiscal ramifications of the price, but be rest assured, the Gunners have pulled off a major coup.
There was jubilation from Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, with the latter describing Ozil as a “world-class player, who is one of Europe’s brightest young talents”. Gazidis also paid tribute to the support of the club’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke who, he said, “wants to see Arsenal winning titles and trophies and has absolute faith and belief in our manager to achieve that”. “We are extremely pleased to have signed Mesut Ozil,” Wenger said. “He is a great player, with proven quality at both club and international level. We have watched and admired him for some time as he has all the attributes I look for in an Arsenal player.”
Ozil’s presence at Bernebeu would be in question always after the signings of Isco and of course Gareth Bale, but in the German International the Arsenal fans have found someone who has the most assists in all of Europe’s top 5 Leagues combined.
On the flip side, this is what the jokes can do all round the year!
Arsenal have gone from having Andre Santos as number 11 to having Mesut Özil as number 11. That’s like dumping Susan Boyle for Mila Kunis. — Football Jokes (@Footy_Jokes) September 3, 2013
Coming back however we start off with an infographic which will certainly not exaggerate what diamond has Arsene just helped himself to!
For those who believe stats isn’t enough to convince you, why not check him out in action?
Now the immediate question would be, where will Wenger play his diamond? To find a possible answer let’s take help from the pitch map of the number of chances he created last season for Real Madrid.
As is clearly evident, he is someone who is a creator and it does mean he will certainly play in the Central Attacking Midfielder Role. This means Santi Cazorla would have to put his shifts out wide on the left and Theo Walcott with all his pace and trickery play our right. Jack Wilshere and Mickel Arteta when fit will play as the double pivot of the 4-2-3-1 with Oliver Giroud up front on his own.
Ozil’s goalscoring record isn’t bad either – in fact, Ozil boasted La Liga’s best conversion rate last season after netting with 9 of his 30 shots (that’s 41% accuracy – better than Lionel Messi’s 35%). Moreover he can shoot from distance perfectly matching with Wenger’s balanced waiting approach.
Tactical Analysis with Ozil in Starting Eleven of Arsenal and Change in Approach:
I would say Ozil would be the focal point of all Arsenal Attacks. As seen from the tactics board, The two wing backs in Sagna and Gibbs would give enough width on the pitch. Ateta once fit will take up the CDM role allowing Wilshere to push forward and join Ozil. As Bleacher Report suggests: The question will not be how Ozil will fit into Wenger’s lineup at Arsenal, but how Wenger will adapt his system to best complement the playmaker’s talents—consideration the German was not given at Real. The Gunners currently play a counterattacking game, which suited Ozil perfectly at the 2010 World Cup. He’ll be the first outlet from the back, and his ability to evade defenders and play the ball forward to the likes of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will add a new dimension to the Arsenal counterattack.
Just have a look what I am trying to say.
Ozil cuts inside lays a nice ball to Khedira who does the rest. Let’s be assured Giroud will get a lot of balls like that this campiagn, as the form that the Frenchman is in, expect him to score quite a lot this campaign
Inevitably as seen from my tactics board, Thomas Rosicky and Lukas Podoslki won’t feature in the starting Eleven. Now this is certainly cruel given the start Rosicky has had a superb start to the campaign. Despite being penned in as a holding midfielder—in the role moulded for Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta in the current campaign—Rosicky was most active in the final third. With the way that Arsene Wenger’s designated three central midfielders shift and rotate constantly, the Czech playmaker’s decisions to join in on the attack did no disservice to the Arsenal defense. Given his willingness and desire to put in tackles a defender would be proud of (he’s quite adept at the sliding challenge), you couldn’t say he shirks his defensive responsibilities, either. But with now Ozil joining the Gunners, it looks like the plethora of midfielders Wenger has at his disposal, Rosicky’s playing time will be down to cup ties and coming from the bench. However there is bad news for Lukas Podolski.
How much Arsenal would be in the title race come April next year is quite questionable and debatable at best, but these are certainly good times ahead for the Gunners. They have almost rubbed off their debt, playing attractive football, the Wenger way.
Yes people would question their trophy claims over the last eight years, Arsenal would still be at the end of lame jokes claiming the dust on their trophy room have caused allergy to their players. But even the pessimist of those at the Emirates would feel this is perhaps the time, the azure skies finally open up. As one of my carzy Arsenal Friends would say, Come on You Gunners!!!!!