I might be reading too much into the words of Mesut Ozil, after the Arsenal midfielder spoke after coming back with a bang in Saturday’s game at Aston Villa, but the way he praised certain qualities of his new team mate Danny Welbeck, as rerported by ESPN, made me think of many discussions on this site about Olivier Giroud.
Ozil said, “”When you analyse [Welbeck’s] game, you notice that he makes a lot of runs and knows where he needs to be. We’re pleased to have a striker like him here. He makes the game simpler for us through his runs and speed.”
The Arsenal star is certainly right to give his new team mate plenty of credit and confidence. And he must be glad to get the media off his back, although I reckon he never really doubted his own ability. It was tough for Arsenal in the second half of last season, with no attacking options, and Ozil took a lot of unfair stick for that.
But Giroud did his best, in a difficult situation, and in a full Arsenal squad I still think the Big Frenchman’s qualities are a key part of our success. I don’t think Ozil meant to have a dig at Giroud really, but he could have chosen his words a bit better.
Having said my bit in support of Giroud, as I always do, I do like the look of how Ozil and WSelbeck are starting to link up. It is too early to say but if our playmaker and striker forge a partnership, then both players and all the Arsenal fans are going to have a cracking season. What do you think Gooners?