Arsenal fan John Aggrey gives his passioned verdict on deadline day.
The transfer deadline has brought me out of my hiding place. I’m a Gunner I’m not going to pretend about that, I am over the moon right now with the Ozil signing, but most importantly- it’s the best statement Wenger and Arsenal as a club would possibly send out to the whole world.
Having endured some terrible transfer windows in the past, I’m sure players and fans alike will all be itching to watch both Ozil and the new goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano make their competitive debuts.
There are lots of statistics highlighting Ozil's capablities (the assists especially) even before he makes his maiden Emirates appearance but let it be noted La Liga is not the same as the Premier League.
On a much more positive note- Ozil has been tried and tested at the Champions League level and with a tricky group like that Arsenal are in - Who wouldn’t mind another Ozil free kick whip like the one that beat Borrusia Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller that day for Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
I’m astonished Wenger smashed the club’s transfer fee but at the same time just like any other fan would be delighted it was good money for an absolutely elegant player. How the midfield changes in set up is down to Wenger right now.
The Arsenal defence, in my view (not necessarily every Gooner's view) would have done with a player or two- that doesn’t change but the addition of a keeper especially after Mannone left for Sunderland is a bright patch in Wenger’s quest for a replacement and competitiveness in that position.
While Wenger might have bought himself some love for the moment- the prayer now would be to have the forwards firing, the midfield machine buzzing and the defence tighter than never. While the goalkeeping issue is always cropping up- the edge of competition between the posts should introduce some stability as Arsenal seek to try and win the Premier League
Right now I would write all the praise in the world for the not-so handsome monsieur Wenger but special praise too should also be showered on Ivan and Stan, actually the whole board. They promised the fans something, were careful not to splash it around (we all know who has been) and happy to keep players this summer.
It all boils down to shrewd management which of course has been questioned severally by the fans but again, seems they have learnt- football reasons don’t win you titles, actually make your rivals stronger.
My take would thus be; this shouldn’t be the end. January won't be too far away, injuries might be getting in and the squad needs patch ups here and there. Careful should be the word right now- remember players like Monreal haven’t had enough games to gauge them, Sanogo is still a youngster, Chamberlain out for some weeks but should be good when he comes back (hopefully) and the four Germans will all be pushing for a World Cup spot. Why shouldn't they push for the title?
Lastly you got to applaud all those fans who’ve stood by this beautiful club (literally, those at the Emirates yesterday night, almost knocked off the Sky reporter), all you lovely Arsenal fans around the World.
I’ve never written anything as honest as this, not even for club football back in my home country. I’m not ever saying it’s going to be easy- it’s going to be hard at times, going to be fun at times but one thing you can be sure, It’s going to be Arsenal all the time. BRING IT ON!
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