Per Mertesacker turned 29 a couple of weeks ago, and the Arsenal defender is understandably impatient to add more silverware to his personal trophy cabinet. Playing for one of the best and biggest clubs in the world, as well as one the most successful nations in football, the German international has every reason to expect some.
Barcelona man unlikely to join Arsenal! by Ash
The relationship between Arsenal and Barcelona is usually one that sparks a lot of controversy, whether it be on or off the field. On the field we have a fierce rivalry with our styles of passing football, whilst off it there is always transfer speculation regarding the two clubs.
Most of the time it is unfortunately Arsenal who are on the bad end of the business, having been hassled by Barcelona into selling some of our best players over the last eight years or so. The likes of Cesc Fabregas, Thierry Henry, Alexander Hleb and Alex Song have all swapped The Emirates for the Camp Nou, whilst all we seem to get from them is more and more youth players in hope of making it at the highest level.
Arsenal set to sign another Barca wonderkid! by Ash
It’s a well-known fact that Arsenal have one of the best youth academies in Europe and although it shouldn’t be confused with the fact that we produce lots of quality players, in fact the majority come through the ranks after joining from another club early in their development.
Alex Song once again linked with Arsenal! by Ash
Arsenal rarely get linked to their former players when it comes to transfer news and if there is a report, it’s usually an Arsenal legend like Thierry Henry or Cesc Fabregas, however the rumour circulating now is that another current FC Barcelona man Alex Song is hinting at a possible return to the Gunners.
Arsenal at the Top… Whats changed? by MC
So it seems that many footballing fans, pundits, experts and so on are somewhat astounded to see Arsenal at the top of the Premier League. Although without trying to get ahead of ourselves, I have taken the liberty to highlight exactly what has changed over the last twelve months for such a resurgence.
There have been plenty of reports about what Mesut Ozil would bring to Arsenal, and he is already proving to be a massive influence, even though it usually takes time for players from other leagues in Europe to get used to the fast and frenetic English form of the beautiful game.
As reported by the Daily Star, Ozil has an app on his personal website that shows his stats over his career, and it shows that his stats have actually improved since the midfield star moved to Arsenal.
Has Ozil closed the Arsenal door on Fabregas return? by Twig
When Cazorla arrived at Arsenal in the 2012/2013 season many Gunners thought that Wenger had finally found a replacement for their departed captain, Cesc Fabregas. It wasn’t surprising as both players are Spanish and are technically very sound. However, it didn’t take long before fans realized that Cazorla is quite a different player to Fabregas. Cazorla is quicker, likes to run with the ball, and plays almost as a second striker. Meanwhile, Fabregas thrives by sitting deep in midfield and orchestrating play with his excellent passing.
Zelalem hit with injury set back! by Ash
Arsenal are beginning to build a strong German core with the likes of Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and new club record signing Mesut Ozil all being key figures in this current Arsenal team, but we also need to recognise we have a fair few German talents coming up through the ranks at the Emirates.
It has been suggested that the transfer of Mesut Ozil to Arsenal almost did not happen, and it would have been Manchester United who the Arsenal fans would have been furious with, as well as Arsene Wenger and the club’s executives I suspect.
The report in the Daily Star claims that United were just a little bit late in a transfer bid for Ozil’s Madrid and Germany international team mate Sami Khedira. More of an all-round or even defensive midfielder than Ozil, Khedira has spoken about United’s late move.
Arsenal could snap up Montoya for nothing! by Ash
Arsenal Wenger and Arsenal have been associated with a lot of free transfers in recent years with the signing of several players who were out of contract. Although that might not be the case with the new club record signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, Wenger still recognises a bargain when he sees one and that seems to be the case once again as he eyes up Martin Montoya from FC Barcelona. The story has spread around Europe from the Daily Mirror to Italian football websites like TuttoMercato.web.
I can’t speak for the rest of the Arsenal fans, in fact I can’t really speak at all because my mouth is full of flies after walking around with my jaw hanging open since Monday night. However, I am going to go out on a limb and say that we are all excited about the prospect of Mesut Ozil playing at the Emirates.
The reaction from the football world continues to roll in, with many experts and players expressing their admiration of Arsene Wenger in securing the German international’s signature and their surprise at Florentino Perez and Real Madrid in letting him leave.
How I became a football fan by MV
I know that many of you might find this article superfluous and strange, but with the ongoing euphoria that has accompanied the signing of Mesut Özil by Arsenal, I wanted to share my story to fellow Gooners and hopefully show that our great club is moving away from the shadow that it’s been under for the last few years.