There is no doubt that the signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid has has a really positive effect on Arsenal. Not only did Arsene Wenger bring a world class player, described by Jose Mourinho as the best number 10 in the world, but the transfer gave a big lift to the dressing room. By smashing the club record to sign him, it was also important in giving the long suffering fans something to cheer about.
Of all the Arsenal players involved in this frustrating international break, the two involved with the reigning World Cup and Euro champions Spain have the longest to travel. For some strange reason, Spain’s governing body have decided to go to Africa where they played against Equatorial Guinea yesterday.
They will be wondering why today, because the Guinea players took it upon themselves to treat the game as a war rather than a friendly, kicking lumps out of the Spanish players throughout the game. Fortunately, Nacho Monreal was an unused substitute and Santi Cazorla was removed after about an hour and he had avoided any damage. Real Madrid’s Xabi Alonso was hurt by an industrial and could miss some games, so the Gunners got lucky.
There is a feeling that Tomas Rosicky’s career at Arsenal has been generally hampered by injury, and it is true that the Czech international midfielder has had his fair share of problems. However, apart from last season when he only played 16 games all season, Rosicky had been a key part of the Gunners squad, playing 33, 34 and 38 games in the three previous seasons.
Five Things I have Learned After the Man Utd Game. by Uche
The dust has settled and so have the emotions. Yes Arsenal lost a game we could have drawn at the very least, but in hindsight, we are still top of the Premier league and firmly in the driving seat. These are the five things I learned since the Man Utd defeat:
When Arsenal restart their Premier League campaign after the international break, they do it with the visit of Southampton. As recently as last season, the Gunners could have been forgiven for looking at this home game as a guaranteed three points, but the Saints have proved again this week just why they deserve to be in their lofty position in the table. One of the big reasons for their impressive form has been Adam Lallana, and watching him yesterday I could not help but think how well he would fit in to the Arsenal side, and I hope that Arsene Wenger is thinking the same thing.
There is no doubt that the signing of Mesut Ozil brought delight and relief in equal measures to Arsenal fans this summer. It also got great coverage in the media and stopped a lot of the criticism of Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal transfer policy. But now the dust has settled, just how good and how effective was the club’s record transfer?
After Arsenal convincingly beat Liverpool on Saturday, with Chelsea and Tottenham slipping up, Arsenal fans could be forgiven for getting vertigo and a nosebleed. The team has had a brilliant start, and Ozil has slotted in and contributed since he first arrived, but against Liverpool, there was some criticism that the German was less influential than usual.
The Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky seems pretty amped up for the Gunners’ Champions League clash against his former club Borussia Dortmund this Wednesday. The 33-year has claimed that the game will be a ‘special’ occasion for him as he returns to the club where he is still adored by the fans and players alike.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, Rosicky said: “It will definitely be [special] because I spent five and a half years there and in the 14 years I’ve played professional football, I’ve played for just three teams. I spent five years there, won the league there and played in the Uefa Cup final there so obviously I have a lot of attachments and it will be a special game for me.”
The Wednesday game against Borussia Dortmund is very crucial for Arsenal. If we lose the game we would find ourselves in very precarious conditions. If we end up losing that would make us vulnerable to falling to a defeat at Old Trafford. That would put us in a mini-crisis, which we all love, however there’s every reason to be optimistic after all..
Arsenal 2 vs 0 Liverpool Match Report Infographic by Matt at allarsenal.com
Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla may hog the headlines for their fantastic strikes, but it is the defence and Mikel Arteta who can be praised for an outstanding display against Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Arsenal returned to winning ways in spectacular fashion, seeing off Liverpool with two sublime strikes that sees Arsene Wenger’s men stretch their lead at the top of the table to five points.
Arsenal 2 – 0 Liverpool – Player Ratings by KJ
Arsenal were given yet another injury blow before this crucial Premier League game against Liverpool, with Jack Wilshere ruled out because of a knock to his ankle, so Arsene Wenger’s selection was easy at least. Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey were the deep lying midfielders, with Tomas Rosicky joining Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla behind Olivier Giroud.
Liverpool started fast and pressed Arsenal hard, but we dealt with it pretty well and started to dominate possession somewhat. With no real wingers in the side, the full backs would be important in giving the Gunners some width, and it was a marauding run down the right by Sagna that produced the opening goal. Cazorla’s header came back off the post, and the Spaniard was alert enough to score the rebound with a great volley.
How should Arsenal line up against Liverpool by Twig
Tomorrow, it’s the fifth of the so-called real tests of Arsenal’s character this season. So far, we’ve beaten Spurs and Napoli but succumbed rather meekly to Dortmund and Chelsea in our own backyard. Wenger doesn’t have too many options from the bench to change the side radically from what we witnessed on Tuesday. Other than Miyaichi and Bendtner the other players are virtually first team players for Arsenal. And we are only a thigh strain to Giroud away from having Bendtner as our first choice forward. Victory tomorrow will boost the team’s morale heading to the back-to-back games against Dortmund and United. A loss will throw the team into a mini crisis and all the unwanted media attention will come back again – *shivers*.