Arsenal fans are not used to seeing our players included on the shortlist for the Ballon D’Or award given each year to the player judged to have been the best over the course of a calendar year, so perhaps we should not really be too surprised that no Gunners are on the list again this year.
Arsenal succumbed to a 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough this weekend, and some people would even say we were lucky with the one point we received.
Boro boss Aitor Karanka claimed his side should have won the match, and if it wasn’t for Petr Cech’s heroics, we most likely would have lost, but the same could also be said for Victor Valdes, who denied us with some super saves also.
Stan Collymore described Arsenal star Mesut Ozil as World Class, before claiming he is not a match-winner, but can he be both?
The former Nottingham Forest and Liverpool striker was live on BBC Radio 5 Live yesterday for Arsenal’s 3PM kick-off against Middlesbrough, and picked out Ozil for some constructive criticism.
The Arsenal and Germany international star has had his fair share (or unfair in my opinion) since he came to the English Premier League from Spain’s La Liga a little over three years ago, but Mesut Ozil now seems to have won over most people, with the odd exception such as the font of all football knowledge that is Michael Owen.
Arsene Wenger did not come out and completely confirm the recent Arsenal transfer rumours about the big wage demands of the club’s two biggest names Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, with both the German and the Chilean currently in talks over new contracts with the club, but he did seem to suggest in an Evening Standard report that they were likely to be getting more money and being the best paid Arsenal players if they do sign new deals.
With the Gunners facing what is supposed to be the whipping boys of Champions League group A this evening and the match being at home, most Arsenal fans will be expecting a reasonably comfortable Arsenal victory over Ludogorets Razgrad.
There is definitely a different feel to Arsenal this season, with the Gunners so far proving that Arsene Wenger’s comments about his current squad being the most balanced, mature and ready to succeed that Arsenal have had for some years.
I nearly gave the Man of the Match from Arsenal’s hard fought 3-2 win over Swansea to Mesut Ozil, as the German play maker’sd sweetly struck volley was the best of the goals and Theo Walcott should have had at least a hat-trick, but he was unlucky to hit the woodwork twice towards the end and I reckon his all-round game and two goals just edged it.