Nothing In Life Is Free & Certainly Not Football On TV Plus Iwobi Hopes

If you imagine a World Cup-free summer, that’s how it would feel now. Which is exactly where we’re at. With the small difference of the players being in training and preparing for friendlies this week. Whether those games will be any good is another matter.

You’ll be regaled with tales of how you can watch these games for free (legally!) but only if you sign up for a 12-month contract and pay £30 per month. Free comes at a cost. Or you can sign up for a previously unheard of Sports TV company player and watch the friendlies at one-third of the offering elsewhere.

Proof football doesn’t always make the best decisions when it comes to broadcasting but then this isn’t football; this is business. Highest bidder or related company; I don’t know and care less. It’s friendlies although the mob behind these summer shenanigans are the ones linked with a ‘European Super League’.

I am sure the likes of the footballing elite will encourage them to make astute commercials deals if the event ever occurred. And it’s hard to think it won’t at some point.

The spectre of the Premier League hung over football for twenty-odd years with the catalyst for change being the emergence of satellite broadcasting in England. The FA belatedly got hold of the clubs but power shifted irrevocably by then.

UEFA is on the cusp of a similar schism with the Gnomes of Nyon not naive enough to believe they solved the problem by bringing the ECA into the fold. Broadening its’ membership was a crude way of diluting power; it didn’t work.

There will be a trigger for the clubs to break and as with the Premier League’s gestation, a technological advance in broadcasting will be the birth of football’s Frankenstein’s monster.

This Ain’t No Revolution…

And then there’s a bit about Arsenal. The Italian press thinks Ivan’s going to land in Milan after quitting Arsenal. With our contract record, it wouldn’t surprise me if he didn’t have a six-month notice period…

On the transfer front, David Ospina is being linked with a move to Fulham while having decided against signing Joel Campbell, Lazio are interested in Alex Iwobi. Decades ago, Milan signed Luther Blissett with the apocryphal tale that the scouts actually recommended John Barnes.

That there is even speculation over Iwobi is telling. Consistency isn’t his strong point but then he is only 22; in any walk of life, consistency at that age is hard to come by. Inside, there is a considerably talented player whose problem is finding the way in which he surfaces.

Expectations are high; he made a good start to his first-team career but he isn’t helped by the indifferent form we displayed on a regular basis. The senior pros weren’t leading the team, which is why I’m sceptical when Unai Emery trots out the leaders on the pitch routine. We know Arsenal lack them but perhaps the new signings will develop that quality in the XI. Previously, winning mentality was either subsumed into the lethargy or created an outcast. The hope is the new coach stops that happening.

Iwobi endured the World Cup. When you read the esteem with which he is held by Nigerian fans and reports of his previous performances, more was expected. But Nigeria stumbled and never recovered. Again, you can’t blame one person, but being an Arsenal player, attention was more focussed on him.

His contract is up in 2020; this season is the one where he needs to start producing the goods or next summer could be a watershed moment in his career.

It’s A Revelation

I do think he will. Of all the players, he strikes me as the one who will benefit from the high-pressing game we expect and also a clear definition of his role in XI. At his age, guidance is crucial and while an element of free expression is good, too much is detrimental.

Unai Emery wants players to think for themselves with his framework. That’s a new concept in footballing terms for the squad. If Iwobi adapts, I’d expect him to be the ‘revelation’ of the squad. Others can challenge him for the ‘accolade’ although I think Mustafi learning to defend is a step too far.

The first sign of Iwobi’s future will come in the pre-season friendlies. Which you can watch for free in the UK if you don’t mind signing up and paying a connection fee and entering into a twelve-month contract…

’til Tomorrow.

51 thoughts on “Nothing In Life Is Free & Certainly Not Football On TV Plus Iwobi Hopes

  1. MikeSA from yesterday.

    Ramsey obviously divides opinions but I disagree with your assessment of him. I think he is easily the best suited to any of our attacking midfielders to be part of a high energy pressing midfield. I also think he would be thrive and become influential in the role of attacking midfielder on a team that played at a higher pace and emphasized fast counter attacks.

  2. Yogi

    Great post.

    For what it’s worth I think NBCSN does a nice job of broadcasting PL football in the USA

    Alex Iwobe has the same problem as many highly rated young attacking players. He has technical skill and looks good in the middle of the pitch does not provide end product in the final 1/3. End product is not something you can teach and most players don’t develop it as they mature. We have seen the exact same thing with dozens and dozens of technical skillful and highly rated players who come thru our academy ranks and the same thing happens to players from every team around world football. It’s not just an Arsenal thing.

    I suspect the reports we heard about how good Iwobe played for Nigeria were a bit of hyperbole. Fans see what they hope to see. Admittedly It was a very small sample size but against good opponents, the Alex Iwobe we saw in the World Cup looked exactly like the one we have seen for Arsenal

  3. “Iwobi endured the World Cup. When you read the esteem
    with which he is held by Nigerian fans and reports of his
    previous performances, more was expected. But Nigeria
    stumbled and never recovered. Again, you can’t blame one
    person, but being an Arsenal player, attention was more
    focussed on him.”

    I completely agree with you.

    In his first game at the World Cup, the coach played Iwobi out of position and he was missing in action but the good thing was that the fans knew it was not Iwobi’s fault. Hope Unai will get the best out of him.

  4. MikeSA from last night.

    I would not go as far as comparing Ramsey to Frank Lampard. I think Lampard was most positively influential central midfielder to play in the PL in this century. No other central midfielder could come close to consistently scoring in the high teens and he also provide plenty of assists. I wish we had someone who was half as good as fat Frank.

  5. For the last year we have been hearing how Wenger was holding back players like Ozil, Iwobe, Xhaka and Elneny and how much better they were playing with their international teams. Its a small sample size but in the World Cup those players performances were exactly what we have been watching at Arsenal.

  6. _’…although I think Mustafi learning to defend is a step too far.’

    (Hadn’t before paused when considering using Joachim Low’s opinion in a reference. Funny, what a month means in footballing terms.)

    Back when Low was still in vogue? He never played Mustafi in a back-4. Only as the center CB in a back-3. Seemingly just fine with cover on all sides. A hare-brain otherwise.

    Anyway, relieved to see similar opinion in print.

    By that token? Other than the bump in value when Arsenal bought Mustafi from Valencia? His market worth has dipped by 20% on two different occasions in just under 3 years. Sven and Raul should take an offer now. Almost any offer.

    jw1

  7. Bill,

    “NBCSN does a nice job of broadcasting PL football in the USA.”
    Agreed Bill. Might be nice if they made PL replays available though. Fox Sports looks to be leaving all of their WC matches available for replay — presently at least.

    jw1

  8. Bill,

    The problem with you assessment is that you based influential midfielder on goals scored and unlike forwards thats not their job. You have to remember that Lampard had a brilliant base behind him. First he had Makele who was far more influential but he also had players like Essien, Ballak, Mikel who did a lot of the work in midfield not to mention that Lampard also played in a system that allowed him to just be him and Ramsey is FAR from that player because Ramsey constantly wants to get on the ball but he slows play down.

    For all the talk of Ozil slow play down, I think you have to look at Ramsey who is generally the one in the center of the park supposed to be linking play whilr Ozil is higher up the pitch. Wouldn’t it make sense that our overall team tempo come from those who have the most touches (Xhaka and Ramsey)? If thats the case then one could also make the argument that by the time the ball actually gets to Ozil, there is a packed defense infront of him and I don’t care who you are, packed defenses are harder to pick.

  9. @C,
    Re your 5.06 “by the time the ball gets to Ozil”. I thought Ozil was supposed to be the initiator. 😉

  10. I am not convinced that Xhaka will improve. Ramsey’s reported claim of £200K per week will not be met by any PL /European clubs, and he should know it. If not, he should be made to realise that his demand cannot be met, if that is not made clear to him yet. I would sell him, but then who would meet his wage demand.
    Wenger was mesmerised by Ozil in WC before he was bought in a panic week. I am not sure that he will measure up to what Emery thinks about him.

    Iwobe should be given a chance this season, before selling him.

  11. The report of Giroud going to Atletico. Giroud moved across the City to the Bridge because, his wife is settled in London and wanted to stay in London. This situation seems to have not changed. Sarri wants Higuain, and that makes hard for Giroud. West Ham then?

  12. theskywalker,

    He would sit on the bench at Atletico with Costa there and the fact Costa not only offers all the physicality Giroud does but is a proven goal scorer, has a brilliant relationship with Griezmann and Simeone absolutely loves Costa

  13. I will say this: Say what you want about Ozil but how many of you would be able to mentally perform your job at your peak when, not just this summer but over the past year plus you have been constantly attacked with it reaching a boiling point last season not just for futboling reasons but for other reasons and then it all being mixed together and people saying its all ‘down to futbol’? I would venture to say none of us would be able to and the fact that Ozil is constantly berated and scapegoated for the failures of both Arsenal and Germany is ridiculous but then others are praised. Last time I checked, futbol is made up of XI players on a pitch together and sure there are special players who can make a difference like Ozil but scapegoating one player the way yhat Ozil has been and then also attacking the man is bullshit.

  14. C,

    I’d take a good,long,hard look at my pay packet and wonder if I justified it……and before you berate me…I’m self employed….no worky…..no earny,have a holiday….no earny(and spends),off sick…no earny …..no pension.
    If I fuck up or under perform……..no earny…..

  15. Bill:
    MikeSA from yesterday.

    Ramsey obviously divides opinions but I disagree with your assessment of him. I think he is easily the best suited to any of our attacking midfielders to be part of a high energy pressing midfield. I also think he would be thrive and become influential in the role of attacking midfielder on a team that played at a higher pace and emphasized fast counter attacks.

    Ramsey simply isn’t capable of playing in a fast counter attacking team so couldn’t possibly be suited to that.

    His thought processes are too slow.

    How many times have you seen Ramsey stop and rotate in circles during a counter attack whilst the opposition then get time because of his dawdling to cut off movement and reorganise?

    He does that either because he lacks the vision or intelligence to anticipate movement ahead of him, or he’s trying to see if he can pull of some glory-seeking dribble.

    I think he simply lacks vision and is a slow thinker.

    Neither augers well for fast counter attacks.

    As for national captaincy, that was taken away from him by Coleman. I wonder why?

  16. C:
    Bill,

    The problem with you assessment is that you based influential midfielder on goals scored and unlike forwards thats not their job.You have to remember that Lampard had a brilliant base behind him.First he had Makele who was far more influential but he also had players like Essien, Ballak, Mikel who did a lot of the work in midfield not to mention that Lampard also played in a system that allowed him to just be him and Ramsey is FAR from that player because Ramsey constantly wants to get on the ball but he slows play down.

    For all the talk of Ozil slow play down, I think you have to look at Ramsey who is generally the one in the center of the park supposed to be linking play whilr Ozil is higher up the pitch. Wouldn’t it make sense that our overall team tempo come from those who have the most touches (Xhaka and Ramsey)?If thats the case then one could also make the argument that by the time the ball actually gets to Ozil, there is a packed defense infront of him and I don’t care who you are, packed defenses are harder to pick.

    Exactly

    Ozil gets slated for not defending (even when he does), when it isn’t his job, but Ramsey gets a free pass even though it IS his job, which he doesn’t do.

    Ramsey is crap quite frankly.

  17. C,

    What I find especially amusing is that apparently when Ozil “divides opinion” its indicative of a problem with him, and anyone who supports him doesn’t “see” the problem, but when Ramsey “divides opinion” its somehow different.

    Its the same issue with stats.

    Any stats that suggest Ozil might actually be fairly good are just rubbish, but when it comes to Ramsey………….

  18. We Gooners seem to love a dispute. We’ve had ten years of AKB’s and WOB’s and now that’s all done and dusted we’re settling into a RIC/OIS (Ramsey is Crap/Ozil is Shit) debate.

    Personally I’m more pro-Ramsey but I wouldn’t be stupid enough to suggest Ozil is rubbish. Seriously, anyone who suggests either player isn’t any good is letting their prejudice get the better of their reasoning.

    Would I pay Ramsey £250k/wk? No. Would I pay Ozil £350k/wk (or even £250k/wk)? No. Ozil took advantage of the club being in weak bargaining position to secure a wage that in any other situation could never be justified. Certainly not on performances. It’s a bit rich slating one player for trying to do something similar while giving the other a free pass.

  19. Jonnygunner,

    I get it if it was purely futbol but actually take a look at what has been said (I’m not berating you as everybody has theit take) and to attack somebody, the man and his faith, is a step too far no matter the pay packet. Racism is racism mate and it effects you especially when its on the scale at which Ozil takes it.

  20. MikeSA,

    I think thats my one point that constantly gets overlooked in all of this, part of Ramsey’s job is the defensive side and he seems to get a free pass whereas others don’t.

    Ramsey isn’t my kind of midfielder.

  21. andy1886,

    Thats the problem with the whole debate. For instance, we all have acknowledged that our midfield gets sliced open on the counter but then the blame falls on Ozil instead of the whole midfield. I get it, Ozil is on big wages but he was and is a player that is an attacker who is either part of rhe midfield or is started outwide yet the faults of the midfield seem to avoid Ramsey. I get it, people like Ramsey but if your going to slate Ozil for not defending then Ramsey must take equal if not more because as a CM/box-to-box then you have to defend and set the tempo which are two things that people ignore when it comes to him.

  22. “Ramsey isn’t my kind of midfielder.”

    And that is the thing. We all have ideas of how we want the team to play, Bill and I for example believe we should play a more counter-attacking based game that includes a threat from midfield. Others prefer a possession based game utilizing a creative #10. One suits Ramsey, the other suits Ozil, so naturally the player you prefer depends on the system you favour.

  23. There are always two sides to the story but having read Özil’s statement it strikes me as racism and regardless of the money he earns he like everyone has the right to work free of this type of abuse.

    I don’t understand why he gets so much criticism; yes he’s been inconsistent since he arrived at the club but so has every other player. He is still one of the first players on the team sheet for me and I hope he returns and plays out of his skin for Arsenal this season.

  24. andy1886,

    Except your wrong, I prefer to play a high pressing style and at tempo and its morw about the style of play. Counter-attacking futbol or possession based, you need a couple of things, a solid midfield base and quick thinking futbolers and that is why Ramsey isn’t my style of futboler, he dwells on the ball and isn’t disciplined. Do I think Ramsey has qualities, absolutely, but I don’t think its as simple as preferred ome player to the other. I prefer playera who think quickly and play at tempo.

    For instance, Citeh play a possession style but they play at tempo, Emery’s Sevilla sides all play possession but they play at tempo and high pressing.

  25. C,

    But I don’t see Ramsey as part of a solid midfield base, rather playing behind the striker(s). So like Ozil, defending wouldn’t be his primary duty. The ability to arrive at the right time to take an attempt on goal isn’t easy to do, if it was then every club would have a Lampard type player. It’s something that Ramsey can do that no other player at the club is adept at. You can’t do that if you’re not on the ball mentally.

    While Ozil can play a swift incisive pass he can also play a lot of nothing balls too, the idea that he’s not guilty of playing that ineffectual tippy tappy football like everyone else doesn’t wash. Like I suggested earlier, depending on their viewpoint people will find stats or voice opinions that supports their man while slating the other. It’s become another polarizing issue where balanced reasoned arguments are ditched in favour of statements like ‘XXXX is crap’ as we have seen.

    Fortunately we don’t get to decide, it’ll be interesting to see how it pans out with a new manager and a clean slate for all concerned and performances will dictate who succeeds and who falls by the wayside.

  26. andy1886,

    Not saying arriving late is not a skill but I think it worked well with a striker like Giroud who seems more happy with laying it off or having a player like Ramsey play off him (no coincidence that both Ramsey and Giroud’s best seasons have come because of Ozil’s play) but we have different strikers in Lacazette and Aubameyang who are poachers and box predators and Ramsey’s runs tend to be in the same place they like to roam.

    I get it that it should be either Ramsey or Ozil but the issue that I have is that we can’t absolve one of defending when the other gets criticized for it and Ramsey is supposed to play that CM role who comes from that CM role.

    I guess in the simpliest of terms, I don’t understand how if Ramsey is in midfield people don’t talk about him not defending the same way they do Ozil even when Ozil was pushed out to thr flanks in the 343 that we played.

    It will be interesting to see how this season shakes out vut having watched and followed Emery for quite some time, I fancy it will either be one or the other because he prefers his midfield pivots to sit, clean up, dictate play and boss the midfield as opposed to making those late runs.

  27. C

    The last time we talked about Frank Lampard you were the one who was telling me he was a creative player for Chelsea. He was certainly not the typical technical creative midfielder in the Fabregas or Ozil mold but I know he had a lot of assists during his career. He also play solid defense and was certainly a strong personality and an excellent team leader. On top of all of that he consistently scored in the high teens from the central midfield which no other midfielder can come close to. There is not another midfielder in the PL in this century who could do all of those things for his team.

  28. MikeSA

    I disagree with your assessment of Ramsey. Obviously he divides opinions and makes for an interesting debate. I don’t agree with your idea that his thought processes are slow and its my belief that he would be extremely effective playing in the attacking mid field role on a team that played at high tempo and emphasized counter attacking.

  29. MikeSA:
    C,

    What I find especially amusing is that apparently when Ozil “divides opinion” its indicative of a problem with him, and anyone who supports him doesn’t “see” the problem, but when Ramsey “divides opinion” its somehow different.

    Its the same issue with stats.

    Any stats that suggest Ozil might actually be fairly good are just rubbish, but when it comes to Ramsey………….

    The stats that actually count on the score sheet, goals and assists both favor Ramsey over Ozil.

  30. Bill,

    I think you judge all players on goals scored when in fact midfielders are judged by SOOOO much more. I have NEVER said that Lampard was the creative force for them, I have always maintained that he played in a midfield with a strong and often times brilliant midfield base behInd Drogba and that front 3, almost is a sort of midfield 3. Kante is probably one of if not arguably the top 2 most influential midfielders and he doesn’t offer any goal threat but his brilliant allows everybody else to be who they are. I’m not taking ANYTHING away from Lampard but he also had Makele who many consider the greatest DM in PL history and Essien who in his prime was BY FAR one of the best midfielders full stop. One could also make quite a case for Carrick who was at the heartbeat(often times with Scholes) for all those dominant yeara of Fergies midfield yet he offered very little if any goal threat.

  31. MikeSA

    Stats that really matter.

    Ozil has only 2 goals and even more surprising only 2 assists in 15 international games for Germany that include world cup 2014 and 2018 and Euro 2016. That is hard to believe for a player who spends almost all of his time in the attacking 1/3 and has the ball at his feet more then almost any player in the world. Arsene had nothing to do with his influence for the German squad. He is not the same player we want to remember.

  32. Players have been dividing opinions for as long as there have been sports fans and the fact that both Ramsey and Ozil divide opinions means that neither of them are playing up to expectations on a consistent basis. Fabregas never divided opinions before he was sold to Barca. Nacho does not divide opinions nor does Aubamayang.

  33. Bill,

    Cesc didn’t divide opinion but he helped Arsenal win fuck all. Ill gladly take Ozil coming and helping Ramsey and Giroud have their best seasons to date and us winning silverware.

  34. C

    Fair enough. However, that sort of logic works both ways. If you are going to suggest that buying Ozil was the biggest change that helped us to win the FA cups then I will suggest that Ozil’s sudden drop off in assists and his inconsistent play for the last the 2 years has been the biggest reason we have dropped out of the top 4 during those seasons. In truth both arguments are probably over reactions.

    Based on their performances in the league and especially in the Champions league I would suggest the Fabregas lead teams were clearly better then any of our FA cup winning teams in this decade. The FA cup has always been relatively low hanging fruit in terms of winning trophies and Arsene finally recognized he needed to win something. No way to prove it but I suspect those Fabregas teams could have won the FA cup if Arsene had prioritized them the way he did in the last few years of his reign.

  35. We simply played worse and our problems were psychological. Even when we had Sanchez and Ozil, our defense was poor, because we had no clear cut DM and we were all about attacking and rarely defended like a team.

    It was the absence of Santi, that really exposed the need for a restructured midfield, because the man could hold on to the ball and only get dispossessed when fouled. Wenger did not compensate for the loss of Cazorla. Santi’s guile was the reason we maintained top 4, while we did not play a defensive minded midfielder. Ramsey, Wilshere, Xhaka and Elneny, even if the 4 of them were in midfield, on current form in their past Wenger’s Arsenal outings would still be deficient because they have their imperfections. Ramsey was often out of position and playing as a forward, Wilshere could not keep up with the tempo, Xhaka was slow and Elneny was inconsistent.

    This is the reason why consistent possession holding by Santi made us contenders for top 4. In Torreira, we have a player who can give what Santi gave, in another form as a pure defensive midfielder. He holds his position, tackles, blocks shots and has an accurate long pass, plus he has the pace and understanding of the game to snuff out danger in the midfield.

    I hope this clarifies the argument about why Arsenal and Ozil’s consistency dropped. Santi was not a pure DM, but his deep lying play-making with his skills covered our deficiency, his absence was obvious and he was not replaced, neither was there effort to restore balance and discipline in the midfield.

    So Bill, when you point out that Ozil’s effectiveness dropped, trace the path back to the absence of Santi Cazorla. It’s also the reason, his contract was extended till the end of last season, because he was important and Wenger knew Santi’s worth, when fit.

  36. Bill: The stats that actually count on the score sheet, goals and assists both favor Ramsey over Ozil.

    Except its not as simple as that.

    I hesitate to say this, but many of the arguments (from many in this debate, including me), are overly simplistic and often also confuse cause with effect.

    The statistics you love to quote do not tell the entire story, thats the problem with selective or limited use of statistics (something you’ve alluded to yourself on more than one occasion).

    There are reasons why statistics exist not only for goals and assists, but also key passes, number of passes, successful passes, passes in various areas of the pitch, etc etc etc., and why there are specialists in this particular field (statistics).

    My contention is that the extremely limited set of statistics you put forward do not indicate whether Ramsey is actually doing his job or not.

    There are a number of different positions in the team, with various responsibilities. Taking it to ridiculous levels, would you choose a keeper who scored the odd goal taking penalties or going up in the final moments of a game above another who didn’t?

    Obviously not, there are far more important criteria to judge a keeper by.

    Exactly the same applies to either a box to box or a midfield forward creator. Both have different criteria and responsibilities by which they should be rated.

    My contention is that Ramsey’s goals and assists come at the expense of the rest of the team.

    As a box to box midfielder, the responsibility is to gather the ball from the back and facilitate its movement forward. That includes helping out in defence.

    An attacking midfielder’s job is to create opportunities for the other forwards. It includes pressing up high.

    1. Slowing down play in midfield allows the opposition to reorganise and cut off runners, and results in the much derided bus parking that frustrates attacking movement and space – this is completely anti counter attacking, so quite how a player who does this more often than not is now a candidate for counter attacking play seems absolutely bizarre imo. This hesitation on the ball is also not what’s required up front as an attacking mid either btw.

    This dawdling has probably cost us many goals over several seasons.

    2. Running into areas where players already are causes confusion and basically takes at least one of your own players out of play. How many more goals might we have scored if he had had more positional discipline?

    3. Tricks and flicks not coming off in key areas. How many more goals might we have had if a simple, accurate pass was played to someone in position to either assist or score. I’d be being outrageously generous if I said that 1 in 10 came off, its probably closer to 1 in 20. Some of those tricks and flicks led to turnovers that eventually led to goals against us too. The really sad part is that when that 1 in however many does actually come off, he’s suddenly hailed as a genius and the other aborted attempts are all conveniently forgotten in a flash.

    This is one of the reasons why I prefer players who actually do have the skill but who only use it when required (like Bert and Ozil), not to showboat to boost their egos.

    4. Taking shots at the keeper. Sure, you’re going to score a few if you take lots of shots, but how effective are those shots? Far too many times Ramsey shoots straight at the keeper (this is btw, something that CAN be worked on). One criticism of Ozil that I would make is that he does tend to pass rather than shoot at times.

    5. A box to box midfielder spending too much time near the opposition’s box instead of his own means that we are thin in defence when the opposition break. This leads to goals being scored against us. How many times have we lamented the opposition scoring their only shot against us? How many times have we seen 1 on 1’s or 2 on 1’a or 2 on 2’s etc? A box to box midfielder is supposed to be there to swing the balance in our favour, but Ramsey seldom does that.

    I recall several seasons ago a specific player (a player who, at the time, like Ozil, was being hounded by some supporters), being lambasted for jogging back whilst the opposition broke and scored.

    What was really sad at the time is that there were actually 3 players jogging back together at the time. The other two were Wilshere and Ramsey, but nothing was said about their jogging, only about the scape goat’s.

    I could go on, but imo Ramey’s “success” that you put forward is actually counter productive to the team.

    However, Andy is right about the divisiveness, and I think it illustrates the point about Ozil collecting flack, so I’ll take his criticism on the chin (its warranted), reflect, and say that I actually do think Ramsey is a decent player, just not suited to Arsenal and the level we’d like to be at imo.

    He’s also nowhere near as good as he thinks he is imo, and I suspect this might be linked to Bales’ career in part. There have often been stories about how he’d like to play for Barcelona, but we’ve never seen even a hint of interest from them on him. I think Ramsey is a decent player for a mid-table team, which was (and still might be) where we were headed.

    In terms of playing in a counter-attacking team, I think Ramsey will struggle because based on his recent playing (and yes, this is pretty much how Ozil is being judged), he simply doesn’t have the vision or the speed of thought required.

    Ozil very definitely does, and there are many examples of this that can easily be found (just like examples of Ramsey playing spin-around-till-youre-dizzy).

    So the suggestion that Ramsey isn’t actually a box-to-box midfielder and should rather occupy Ozil’s position is simply bizarre because in terms of skill, ability, speed of thought, vision, awareness, etc etc etc, Ramsey isn’t even in the same universe as Ozil.

    Anyway, we’ll probably never see eye to eye on this, and time will tell.

    Maybe Ramsey has actually been hiding his inner Messi under a bushel?

    Who knows, Emery might have very different ideas on who does what and how we’ll play.

    To everyone’s joy we might even stick to slow build up play! 🙂

    Btw, possession based play and slow build ups are not necessarily the same thing (cause and effect).

  37. No comment box?

    Think about this, Erodogan was in England and spent time and took photos with the Queen and nobody really cared, Ozil does it and what seems like more than half a fucking country and the German federation attacked and scapegoated him….absolutely fucking disgusting.

  38. And now the Bayern President has chimed in:

    “I am glad that this scare is now over. He had been playing s— for years,” Hoeness told Sport Bild. “He last won a tackle before the 2014 World Cup. And now he and his s—– performance hide beyond this picture.

    “Whenever (Bayern) played against Arsenal, we played over him because we knew that was their weak point.

    “His 35 million follower boys – that don’t exist in the real world – are convinced he has played sublimely when he completes a cross pass.

    “The development in our country is a catastrophe. You have to go back to what it is: sport. And from a sporting point of view, Özil has no place in the national team for years.”

    Maybe he should stop focusing on Ozil and focus on how shit his club captain has been, how shit Neuer was, how shit Hummels and Boateng were last season and during the World Cup or why Kroos has turned down a return to Bayern a couple of times.

  39. Its funny how against Mexico when all of the Bayern defenders decided they didn’t need to defend it was……Ozil who tracked back and was the last man back covering for Kimmich, Boateng and Hummels 🤔

  40. Are we not suppose to comment on Özil’s renunciation from international football on grounds of racisim?

    I doubt we will see any improvement on the pitch in the league for Arsenal since his recent retirement.

    I’ve stated and will continue to state (and this has nothing to do with his religious, ethnic, cultural heritage) that Messr Özil is a mercenary and now that he’s got his major pay day, the need to prove anything has been truly lost from his game. There is no motivation for this player. He has no professional pride and he’s doesn’t need to play for another big contract, as this last one has been his major pay day. Also we are stuck with a player who we have to contractually play but unsettle’s the rest of the squad with his negativity.

    When he’s brilliant (it’s because he’s being a flat track bully against teams in the bottom half of the table). When he’s average, it’s against any team that has a work ethic better than his.

  41. “His 35 million follower boys – that don’t exist in the real world – are convinced he has played sublimely when he completes a cross pass.”

    Can we include “C” in that 35 million figure! Follower boy “C”!

    C buddy I’m not convinced by Mesut Özil and I live in the REAL world.

    I know the player is talented. When he is given time and space he is sublime. But without motivation, desire and hunger to win. He is just a prima donna!

  42. HenryNorrisDialSquare,

    Right because I don’t. The real shame is that you only read bits and pieces of what I actually say, its okay though I’will work with what you give me.

    Have I once ever said that Ozil always plays sublime, absolutely not, I have actually said he has played sublimr in some matches (see all the FA Cup semi’s and Finals for us when we have won it) and other matches he showed have shown more. My problem and I most certainly want to make it clear for you, SCAPEGOATING OZIL FOR THE FAILURES OF A WHOLE TEAM OR COUNTRY IS FUCKING RIDICULOUS!

    Again, the talk and what I spoke about wasn’t just sport but it was the message and how scapegoating because of his religion continues and if you ACTUALLY look at what I said, all those points actually show that Germany’s problems went FAR FAR deeper than Ozil. No desire, thats honestly a lazy fucking argument because if he was so lazy he wouldn’t have made it this far in futbol no would he have been the only outfield German player to bust a gut to get back to try ans stop Mexico from scoring.

  43. HNDS,

    I like Ozil. Perhaps it’s best to note that 1 player does not make a team, and each team has positions with specific responsibilities. Arsenal’s failure was as a result of poor leadership from the manager and not the players.

    Whose job is it to give instructions ? who makes decisions if a player is not playing to instructions ? If the manager was tired of him, he would simply sit the player on the bench and not offering him the largest pay available.

    Why did Germany fail ? who selected the team ? Did Ozil select the team ? So you call him a prima donna, are you perfect ?

    Footballers are human. Give the dude a break, if he has Arsenal in a bad position, it is the former manager who indulged his excesses, and you cannot excuse that fact. So address the right people.

    In my opinion, playing Ozil and Ramsey last season, meant we had an overload of attackers last season and the team was unbalanced. Right now, there’s a new boss and a new drive as well.
    Let’s get behind the team.

    I am not comfortable with Ramsey in the box to box role, because Arsenal quite often played like Germany. We would have our midfielders far away from our defense and we would be unable to turn the possession into goals. If this happened, why blame one man ?

    The only world cup match Germany won, was by a freak goal from Kroos. Ozil was not in that game, but they still struggled to impose themselves on Sweden in his absence. If the defender did not make a wrong decision, it would have been a different end and Germany would call the analysis as clear as it is. They were wrong in their striking selections.

    Even the game against Korea, Mario Gomez missed a sitter and no one crucified him. If Ozil does not tackle, that’s his problem. We are paying him, so for the length of his contract, the club should either convince him to tackle, sell him or strengthen the midfield to augment the defensive actions necessary for the club to succeed.

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