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How Arsenal can benefit from Podolski international pride!

With Arsenal having three first team players in the Germany squad that won the World Cup in Brazil this summer, Arsene Wenger has had a difficult start to the season as they all came back pretty late and still in party mode after the celebrations.

There are benefits to the situation as well, though, and hopefully Arsenal will now start to see the best from Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski again. The BFG has retired from international football which should help him to prolong his club career, but at 29-years old it looks like Podolski is keen to carry on.

Ozil thanks fans but says he MUST be Arsenal’s playmaker!!

As Arsenal fans, we have all become used to seeing Arsene Wenger play some of the Arsenal players in unfamiliar positions. Now I realise that the Frenchman knows a lot more about football than me and he has had some amazing success, especially in turning Thierry Henry and the traitor RvP into central strikers, but it does not always come off so well.

Andrey Arshavin is a prime example, while Jack Wilshere’s games out wide last season did not help him or the club. But I can still understand why he has used Mesut Ozil in wide areas at times, with the German’s speed and technical ability able to cause problems on the flanks and his eye for a pass able to create chances.

Arsenal can expect to see a more confident Ozil this season

Why winning the World Cup is important for Özil and Arsenal by KJ

Germany have just won the World Cup in dramatic fashion and Özil was the 3rd best player on the pitch for me (after Boateng and Schweinsteiger). Him winning the World Cup is a great feat and it will be important for him coming into this new Arsenal season.

Now THAT is what Arsenal want to see from Ozil

I know that I am biased. It comes with the membership card when you become an Arsenal fan. But I scared the life out of my dog and the wife when I saw the board go up for a Germany substitution just before the end of the World Cup final at the Maracana stadium in Brazil.

But I had forgotten that Mesut Ozil only wears 11 for Arsenal, not Germany, and the Gunners midfielder was not the man coming off. I should bloody think not as well, because the Arsenal man was right on it tonight.

Two Arsenal fans arguing about Mesut Ozil!

An Arsenal bone of contention by SB

“But isn’t this what you all wanted, a big name player?”

No, I mean yes, but but but.. he was a panic buy to please the fans. We needed a beast of a DM and a Striker.

“Why do you say that? Its not as if Cazorla, Rosicky are getting any younger. Are they?”

Did you see Cazorla? Come on.. I mean he can use both feet. Can Ozil do that? No. Just see that Cazorla cost us 15 mil and he was 42 mil. I mean if you cost 42 million of course you should be able to score from near the starting line.

Germany coach convinced that Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is back to his best

There was great expectations when Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal last summer, but after being injured in the second half of the season his form seemed to be on the wane and he started to become anonymous in some games. There was talk that he may not even make Joachim Low’s World Cup squad but the German coach stuck by his talented midfielder despite Ozil being booed by his own fans in the warm up games.

Is Per Mertesacker a weak link for Arsenal?

The Mertesacker question by JT

When Arsenal signed Per Mertesacker on deadline day back in 2011 not many of us really knew who he was. Used relatively sparingly in his first season making 26 appearances in all competitions, Mertesacker divided opinions amongst Gooners, the topic of conversation usually focused around his lack of pace. In a league that often provides the fastest and most fluid football, this presented a dilemma. Although seemingly brought in as a third choice CB to Koscielny and Vermaelen, consistent injuries to Vermaelen gave Mertesacker an opportunity to establish a relationship with Koscielny over the 2012-13 season which blossomed into a great partnership.

Bundesliga star confirms Arsenal offer

There is no doubt that 99% of all Arsenal transfer rumours are completely fabrications made up by the media, but every now and again there emerges a story that refuses to go away.This week it is the Ballotelli story, but in January it was the Arsenal link with Schalke´s Julian Draxler.

Now the player himself has confirmed that the Gunners did indeed try to buy him in January, but he was convinced to stay at the Bundesliga side for one more year before considering his future.

Has Ozil been slating Arsenal striker Giroud and praising Benzema?

The preparations for the World Cup are ongoing, with no less than 12 Arsenal players hoping to help their country to glory in Brazil. So apart from a few friendly games, the players are cooped up with their international team mates for the next month or so, and it seems like Mesut Ozil may have been having a bot of a moan about Arsenal’s central striker Olivier Giroud.

Maybe not, but the Daily Star report revealing Ozil’s German colleague Phillipp Lahm thoughts on the striker situation at Arsenal do point in that direction. They suggest to me that Ozil has been explaining away some of his struggles this season by blaming the Frenchman’s lack of pace and finishing.

Ozil rejects Arsenal critics and targets FA cup glory

It has been, at times, a difficult first season at Arsenal for Mesut Ozil. The former Real Madrid midfielder accepts that there have been some ups and downs along the way, but at least it seems to be finishing on the up. So Ozil has declared himself to be reasonably happy with how his first year with Arsenal has gone and he is targeting an FA cup final victory to finish it off in style.

Has Podolski earned himself an Arsenal reprieve?

The smiles said it all! Arsenal were feeling good about life again. There were all sorts of reasons for that, but it was not looking likely a few weeks ago. Having Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil back on the pitch was clearly a big boost for the Gunners, but it should not detract from the recent upsurge in the form of our smiling assassin Lukas Podolski.

One of our guest articles recently focused on the enigma that is the Prince, and he got it spot on. We the fans have been left baffled by Arsene Wenger and his reluctance to use the German, but then equally surprised when Podolski has been given a chance and fluffed it.

Arsenal close in on transfer of German defensive starlet

This is not the first time you will have heard Arsenal linked with Matthias Ginter. The 20-year old central defender was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates last summer, after he impressed for the German under 21 international side. But now the rumours are back and stronger than ever.

Maybe Ginter was a bit too young and inexperienced for Arsene Wenger last season, but he has definitely pushed on again this year with his Bundesliga club SC Freiburg. No other defender in the team has started more games than Ginter and his impressive form has ledt to his first game for the full national side, in the recent victory over Chile.