Germany Wait on Ozil, Kits, Adli & all the Other Transfer Gossip

A new morning in the Unai Emery era and such is the certainty over Sokratis’ future following Papa Papastathopoulos’ recent radio performance that he is now a footnote in stories about Yacine Adli.

There’s a dynamism about Arsenal these days, a sense of the club being reinvigorated with all the changes – not just that of the manager – at the top. Which is a good thing but how long it lasts is anyone’s guess. The manager and his coaching staff are beavering away in the background to work on Plan A, as well as Plan B given the roughly translated comments attributed to Joachim Low’s assistant.

Thomas Schneider, for it is he, told Bild that they expect Ozil to “challenge himself in training.” I’m guessing that’s because when anyone challenges him, he falls down hurt. He did so in Austria during the friendly, three minutes after scoring. Using Google Translate, a British hack reckons Schneider said, “Mesut is always having treatment.”

As opposed to the “Ozil’s treatment is ongoing” he meant. Not that he’s Sickly Little Mesut Ozil. If he was that, I don’t think Low would have hesitated in binning him before he made the final cut for his squad.

Elsewhere, there will be a right old Arsenal knees-up in Turkey next season. Joel Campbell is wanted by Galatasaray (yay!) and Alexandre Lacazette by Fenerbahce (say what?). And Besiktas haven’t even come in with their annual bid for David Ospina yet…

The first one I sort of believe. If Jose Antonio Reyes can go and sign for a Chinese Super League team, then what’s so difficult to believe about Jo-El signing for a Turkish club. Yes, that’s the same Jose didn’t settle in England. He must have grown up a lot in the last decade; broadened his horizons.

Shopping Around

According to The Guardian, we’ve offered a three-year deal to Yacine Adli after he rejected Paris St-Germain’s terms. Unai and Sven talked to the youngster to try and persuade him that Arsenal is the place where his first-team future lies (as opposed to being told lies as about his future first-team prospects).

There’s no indication yet that he is signing and I wonder if having gone low-key with Stephan of Liechtenstein, there’s a real prospect of a ‘big’ name signing next just to whet the appetite? And I’m not talking Papastathopoulos either, even if that is the retail department’s dream name for shirt printing.

Papa Papastathopoulos made it clear he’s coming to Arsenal, which would leave us something like three out of three as far as the rumours to deals score is concerned. Hot stuff from the Arsenal Transfer Window Action Team this summer. Rumours about Jean Michael Seri refuse to die, but seemingly depend on how persuasive Chelsea are.

Questions are asked about his effectiveness in the team due to his build. Show us a short, dynamic midfielder and we’ll point to our history of successfully using short, dynamic midfielders. It won’t take long; it’s a short film. The sort you used to see at Saturday Morning Pictures when the room was filled with kids until the Cycling Proficiency Awards came along and ruined the fun. Stoopid Cycling Proficiency Awards. Still, they only cancelled the SMP once…

Being welcomed aboard the rumour express this morning is Christian Pavon, but he’s only one for one stop before alighting at Barcelona. Antoine Griezmann decided to stay at Atletico for his love of the club and not the mega-contract they offered.

Kit You Believe It?

Which is a roundabout way of taking a breather from the insanity surrounding Arsenal at the moment. You’ve just got your head around the notion of the home kit having red hoops on the sleeve which look pink. Well, get your head around these:

Bafflement. Bewilderment. Every ‘B’ word including B*llocks. No wonder they filmed the promo video in darkened light with a few neon strips…

Puma, I am guessing, knew the game was up as far as kit production was concerned. As a result, they guessed it didn’t matter what designs they pitched up with. At least the home shorts are white…

Mind you, if these are the best designs that they could muster, how bad were the others? And to think, Puma’s appointment was welcomed with same enthusiasm being reserved for Adidas…

’til Tomorrow

35 thoughts on “Germany Wait on Ozil, Kits, Adli & all the Other Transfer Gossip

  1. I confess whilst transfer speculation is appealing I am girding my loins (always wanted to use that phrase in print) for WC now
    Bring it on
    Nessun Dorma podcast good value on 98

  2. Quickly Kevin podcast just funny for the title

    But to be clear YW

    You do a fantastic job

    We are greedy for content as you know

  3. Great post yogi

    If the stories we hear about Emery demanding effort from his players are true then it will be interesting to see how he does handle Ozil. If Mesut is not challenging himself in training for Germany during the short pre World Cup period then how is he going to deal with the drudgery of a full season in England?

  4. I’ve been pretty meh about the kits for a few years now so not particularly bothered about this latest offering.
    On another note, these judicious and pragmatic transfer dealings are giving me a nice warm feeling in my tummy.

  5. Appreciative for the news, sarcasm, and acronymical humor. Thanks.

    Isn’t anyone at Puma capable of translating: “We suck badly in light-blue.”
    (And if you find a close-up of the Navy/Red shorts? They look like pajama bottoms. Will be handy for explaining those pesky, away, first-half sleep-walks.)

    jw1

  6. I think the new kits look OK. I sort of like the one on the far right in the picture above. My grand daughter thinks it a pretty color.

  7. Afternoon all,

    I’m not been such a frequent visitor in the last few months, but do like to read the post and some of the comments to try to keep up with everything going on.

    2018 has been a very mixed bag for me, so here’s an update on the highlights distracting me for a bit of a giggle:

    Lose job
    Put house on the market
    Wife demands divorce
    Get new job
    Get new girlfriend
    Still trying to sell house

    I should probably put Wenger leaving and Emery joining in there as well.

    I’m a bit surprised that the transfer speculation hasn’t been as big as I expected and I guess that’s down to a feeling that there is actually someone who knows what they are doing in charge of affairs. I’m still of the view that it’s all a pile of auld bollox until the player is signed, but it least there is a feeling that they are actually heading towards signing players rather than letting the rumour mill get fans excited with no real end result by the time the window closes.

  8. Surprise you didn’t mention Nketiah putting in a class performance for the England U21’s with a brace and assist….

  9. Interesting comments from Hummels:

    “Leroy Sane has not the same standing as Thomas Muller or Mesut Ozil,” Hummels told reporters.

    “Sometimes it takes time to have the same standing in the national team as in your club.

    “It is noticeable that the guys coming up from youth ranks – at Bayern too – are different guys to 10, 12 years ago.

    “That is the new generation. They are characterised by a different behaviour, like on social media.

    “I was always the youngest one in my team and I had to carry the goals. That is simply normal. Nowadays you notice some 18-year-olds don’t understand why they have to do this.

    “I didn’t talk a single word in the Bayern locker room during the first weeks. I only talked to Stephan Furstner and Michael Rensing because I knew them from the second team.

    “To everyone else I maybe said ‘hello’, but today everything is faster and after one week players behave like they’ve already played three years for the team.”

  10. Wavey:
    Afternoon all,

    I’m not been such a frequent visitor in the last few months, but do like to read the post and some of the comments to try to keep up with everything going on.

    2018 has been a very mixed bag for me, so here’s an update on the highlights distracting me for a bit of a giggle:

    Lose job
    Put house on the market
    Wife demands divorce
    Get new job
    Get new girlfriend
    Still trying to sell house

    I should probably put Wenger leaving and Emery joining in there as well.

    I’m a bit surprised that the transfer speculation hasn’t been as big as I expected and I guess that’s down to a feeling that there is actually someone who knows what they are doing in charge of affairs. I’m still of the view that it’s all a pile of auld bollox until the player is signed, but it least there is a feeling that they are actually heading towards signing players rather than letting the rumour mill get fans excited with no real end result by the time the window closes.

    Mate-life will always carry on for you regardless.

  11. Wavey,

    That is a helluva run in 2018 mate and echo what jonnygunner said.

    Crazy thing is (and I know you loved the wife) it feels like your 2018 is sort of out with the old and in with the new including at Arsenal.

  12. Thanks for the post Yogi.

    New kits left to right: We are not S***s (I feel a little sick). Meh. Why the pink Jessica Rabbit bra stencil.

  13. Wavey,

    I don’t know weather to congratulate you or commiserate, that’s enough drama for a lifetime.
    Fight the good fight, and keep your gander up

  14. Apologies if you get this twice, but I think Puma have taken over my internet connection today. Yep, they ballsed that up too!

    Now that we have a new Head Coach, and a new Transfer Man (is that Sven?) and a new, erm, Raul – apologies I keep forgetting my Sven from my R-aul and who does what is this new Gazidis on the block era, we also new a new Head of Team Clothing. A Kit Kahuna!

    The Puma offerings have been shite. The coming season look like home kit by a 5 year old, a Burnley/West Ham/Villa reject and a cos-play outfit for some cartoon heroine who likes purple bras.

    The Kit Kahuna needs to show some balls; not in a man-spreading literal way, but with the new kit contract and holding the suppliers feet to the fire. I couldn’t give a flying fox which capitalist fashion house provides the kit, as long as they don’t exploit their asian child labour. The designers can even have a degree of artistic licence on the kit design. Funky can be good, even for middle aged men with goatees and beer-bellies, as long as there is a relaxed fit version of the kit and a long sleeved version for the names of some of our players. But the base colours of the home and away kits must be sacrosanct. No ifs, no buts. Red/White and Yellow/Blue. None of this teal/turqouise toxic waste crap. Stick to the base colours and funk it up; I said funk! Even the infamous chevron away kit of the early 1990s was yellow top and blue shirts, under the motorway markings.

    As for the turd kit, I mean third kit, that can be the play thing for Quentin and his ice-vegan-latte sipping design team…. this year boys, we present you with a fitted fuschia jersey with subtle butterfly print, with lime green contrast piping and those big sticky numbers complete with a grandfather collar, partnered with avocado shirts with breathable doily liner for all those Betty Swollocks.

  15. Wavey,

    Tough year Wavey but, on a very positive note, you struck me as a pretty positive, ‘get things done’ sort of bloke.

    Can’t go too far wrong.

  16. Btw, YW.

    Did not receive the WC thingy. I had a feeling that you are not getting my emails.

    But maybe you are just ignoring me. I am married and used to it.

  17. xx

    Yacine Adli
    ya’ mean he rates the new kit badly?
    according to a rumour
    he’s sold all his stock in Puma

  18. Is the deal for Yacine Adli legit? Good talent. Very good talent, i’d look forward to seeing him integrated alongside Mavrapanos and Maitland-Niles etc.

    I see we’re linked with Lorenzo Pellegrini again, i’d have him in a second…But i still feel we’re following the same ilk and ignoring the fact we need a bit of muscle in that midfield. Shame Chelsea have appeared to woo Seri

  19. I’m ignoring everyone at the moment, Bob. Snowed under so will be replying to all tomorrow/Saturday morning.

  20. Buckagh,

    It’s all good mate. Just selling the house to really sort out. The sooner the better, but feeling pretty good about life.

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