Arsenal fans were last night left ecstatic with the news that we had managed to pull off surely the biggest Premier League transfer of the summer in signing Real Madrid and Germany international Mesut Ozil!
Gareth Bale’s move to Madrid yesterday spurred a massive turnaround from Arsenal in which we were trying to sign both Ozil and Di Maria. It’s understood that Madrid had the choice between Di Maria or Ozil and rather surprisingly Madrid chose to keep Di Maria and so as a result Arsenal ended up conducting the second biggest British transfer in history!
With Ozil joining the Gunners for a reported £42.5m according to several sources such as Sky Sports and the BBC, it’s shown that Arsene Wenger, Ivan Gazidis, as well as Stan Kroenke according to the pair, have all pulled out their fingers in showing some ambition and finally broke Arsenal’s wage structure.
On a rumoured 7 million euros a year, it works out at around £130/140k per week, according to the Express, which isn’t actually as much as I was expecting.
But the main factor is that Arsene Wenger now has a serious midfield headache. Ozil is surely a starter at every opportunity he is available so he takes up one spot on the team. I fully expect Cazorla to remain on the left wing at Arsenal now, but perhaps the pair of them will rotate throughout the match in the sense that sometimes Ozil may be out on the wing.
Then in the more central and defensive roles, Wenger must choose two players of Wilshere, Ramsey, Rosicky, Arteta and then of course Diaby and etc., when fit. At the moment you’d have to say that Rosicky is dropped to the bench despite some fine form, but I hate to think of the problem when Arteta returns. It is a much better problem to have than not having enough, though.
It’s going to be a tricky decision for Wenger with so many talented midfielders at Arsenal, but my midfield trio would be Wilshere and Ramsey, with Ozil playing in front of the pair. It would offer lots of creativity, tricky footwork but also good defensive attributes. It seems to be a winning combination, just a shame we are going to have to wait so long to witness it. What a terrible time to have an international break….