With Arsenal still sitting pretty on top of the Premier League table, despite every football `expert` on television having told us for months that we were about to go into a tailspin, the next item on the agenda seems to be to attack Mesut Ozil and claim that the German playmaker was a waste of money and cannot cut it in the Premier League. I have even seen suggestions that Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen would have made a better signing for the Gunners.
When Arsenal moved to snap up the services of the highly promising young Brazilian forward Wellington Silva way back in January 2010, it was with the impression from the football authorities that the youngster from Fluminense would be granted permission to play in England.
But it was announced later that year that they had changed their ming, leaving the Gunners stuck with a player they could not use and forcing Arsene Wenger to send him out on loan. Silva is now 20-years old and has been playing in Spain for nearly three years, having spells with Levante, Alcoyano, Ponferradina and currently with Murcia.
Gilberto reckons Arsenal stand a good chance against Munich! by Ash
Whilst Arsenal have been doing very well in the Premier League and currently sit at the top of the table, the club’s Champions League position looks a little more doubtful despite qualification to the next round. Arsenal managed to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League last week despite falling at the hands of Napoli with a 2-0 defeat. The loss left the Gunners level on points with group winners Borussia Dortmund and Napoli, but Arsenal evidently went through at the expense of the Italian side. Now after our progression was made a certainty, Arsenal have since found out that we will face Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the next round of Europe’s greatest club competition.
Big things are expected of Mesut Ozil at Arsenal. Not only does the German midfielder come with a big reputation, but his transfer fee has nearly trebled the previous transfer record of the Gunners. So just what can we expect from Ozil and, perhaps more importantly, will he be better than the creative players of Arsenal’s Premier league rivals.
Assuming that Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott can stay injury free, Arsenal have three front men who can definitely put the finishing touches to attacking moves, as long as Ozil can provide them. According to stats compiled by eplindex.com, the 24-year old German international should have no problem, as they show him to be as effective, or even better, than the most creative players in the Premier League last season.
In Defence of Our Improving Defence by Uche
Fellow gunners, finally there is cause for optimism in defensive midfield because Mathew the warrior Flamini is back. For the first time since Gilberto Silva left, we finally have a proper defensive midfielder by trade. Flamini is a decent, experienced and passionate defensive midfielder.
Guys did you hear the words ‘defensive midfielder’? Yep, we have signed one already but in our frustration with the transfer window, many of us don’t quite realise this yet. After all these years without a defensive midfielder, we have finally signed one and quite frankly, I couldn’t care less if he fell from the sky and landed on Wenger’s lap without us spending a penny.
It seems strange to be glad about an Arsenal player having an injury, but that is the situation I find myself in. Actually, the same was true last year when Kieran Gibbs got injured, luckily enough just before the January window closed. That meant that Arsene Wenger rushed through the transfer of Nacho Monreal from Malaga, meaning that we never had to see that grinning buffoon Andre Santos in an Arsenal shirt anymore.
Gustavo unlikely to join Gunners by Ash
All summer Arsenal fans have been calling for Wenger to address the midfield when it comes to looking to sign players and it seems that the main target man wanted by Gunner fans at the moment is Bayern Munich and Brazil international defensive central midfielder Luis Gustavo.
Arsenal have arguably been missing a proper central defensive midfielder ever since the Gilberto Silva days, and although many will argue that the likes of Alex Song have since had a go at the role, he never really became a true DM and that’s where a lot of our problems supposedly lay.
It is the thing that has caused the most anger and disappointment to the Arsenal fans in recent years, but we believed those days were over. The Gooners have sort of understood that the club were not spending money in the transfer market, while the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City were throwing cash around like confetti at a wedding, but the sale of our best players, especially to our direct Premier League rivals has really hurt us.
Santi Cazorla has had a fantastic start to his career at Arsenal, scoring 11 Premier League goals and providing eight assists. The Spanish international can play anywhere across the midfield and has an eye for goal. For Spain, he has played with the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi, David Silva and Fabregas, so when a player really impresses him you know they must be something special.
Jack Wilshere was not quite fit to play when Cazorla first arrived, and when he did return there was a period of adjustment for quite a few members of the Gunners while they got used to each other. Now they are getting more comfortable with each other, and Santi is now really appreciating the immense talent of Wilshere and what he brings to Arsenal.
Santi Cazorla fits into the Arsenal way of playing like a hand in a glove, and has become a vital and integral part of the Gunners. The Spaniard has played in every single Premier league game this season, starting all but one of them. He also started all the Champions league games except the final one where Arsene Wenger rested a lot of players.
Santi Cazorla has been outstanding for Arsenal since moving from La Liga side Malaga in the summer. His name was unfamiliar to many people in this country and their is a common assumption that he is struggling to get a place in the Spanish national side. Cazorla may get a rare start this week as Spain travel to Belarus for the first of two World Cup qualifiers, the second being against France.
Spain are blessed with lots of talented midfielders, many of whom have similar playing styles, such as Iniesta, Fabregas, Silva and Xavi. Cazorla could get the nod, however, with his Arsenal performances drawing interest all over the world. Cazorla has already got 48 caps for Spain and two European championship winner’s medals.
Arsenal fans will be surprised at the player that Arsene Wenger chose to compare Santi Cazorla to because of his connection with the hated Tottenham Hotspur. Wenger compared our new favourite player to none other than Glenn Hoddle.
“Cazorla is like Glenn Hoddle in some ways.
“Left footed, right footed, you could not say what he was and Cazorla is similar.
“I don’t remember anyone else I have worked with who was as two-footed and it is so important to have this quality in the modern game.