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Stats show Ozil 1st year was OK and he WILL sparkle for Arsenal

Right then Arsenal fans, is your glass half full of half empty? Do you think the Gunners blew a brilliant chance to win the Premier League, or are you happy that we picked up the FA cup to end the trophy drought? Whichever is the overriding feeling for each Gooner, we probably agree on one thing, that we want more success next season, preferably the title or Champions League.

And we probably all expect more from a certain German midfielder as well. Whether you are a harsh critic of Mesut Ozil or not, there is little doubt that his impact for Arsenal trailed off after a great start and, especially considering his price tag, we are hoping we see the real Ozil in the future.

Bayer’s Bender set to be first Arsenal additon of the summer?

There are reports coming out of Germany that Arsene Wenger could be poised to make the Bayer Leverkusen and Germany international player, Lars Bender, his first Arsenal signing of the summer. If the rumours are true, then it could mean that the Gunners boss is finally taking that problem position of defensive midfield seriously.

Bender is very highly rated by his Bundesliga club, who reportedly rejected a bid from Arsenal last summer, somewhere in the region of £15 million, so I am not too sure how much it would take to get him. The Metro report which carries the news suggests that Wenger is hoping to get the 24-year old for around £17 million, but I doubt it, especially as he signed a contract extension with them in October.

Cazorla can be key and can rescue Arsenal’s season

Arsenal fans love Santiago Cazorla, with good reason, but not many would disagree that the tricky Spaniard has not had nearly as good a second season as he did last year. An early injury did not help and the arrival of Mesut Ozil meant that he has not played in the same central role as he occupied to such great effect last season.

But now, just when Arsenal need some players to step up and cover for the damaging injury losses of Ozil, Wilshere, Ramsey and Walcott, Cazorla seems to have risen to the occasion and found his form. If Arsenal are to come out of this season with a long awaited trophy and hold on to their annual Champions League place, Santi could be the man who makes the difference.

Arsenal v Man City review – Gunners draw but deserve more!

People have questioned whether Arsenal are lacking in character, leadership and mental strength. You can’t really blame them, I suppose, after Chelsea inflicted a third heavy Premier League defeat on the Gunners. But Paul Scholes’ ill-informed attack was shown to be as bad as his punditry skills by the fight that Arsenal showed today.

I was expecting nerves galore and a shaky show from an Arsenal team who had every reason to be low on confidence, but as they have done many times this season, they proved people wrong. I was so proud of how the players took the game to the strongest team in the league and fully believe that, with a bit of luck, we could have taken the lead early on.

Spurs’ Eriksen better than Arsenal’s Ozil? Don’t make me laugh!

With Arsenal still sitting pretty on top of the Premier League table, despite every football `expert` on television having told us for months that we were about to go into a tailspin, the next item on the agenda seems to be to attack Mesut Ozil and claim that the German playmaker was a waste of money and cannot cut it in the Premier League. I have even seen suggestions that Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen would have made a better signing for the Gunners.

Brazilian starlet keen to finally get Arsenal career started

When Arsenal moved to snap up the services of the highly promising young Brazilian forward Wellington Silva way back in January 2010, it was with the impression from the football authorities that the youngster from Fluminense would be granted permission to play in England.

But it was announced later that year that they had changed their ming, leaving the Gunners stuck with a player they could not use and forcing Arsene Wenger to send him out on loan. Silva is now 20-years old and has been playing in Spain for nearly three years, having spells with Levante, Alcoyano, Ponferradina and currently with Murcia.

Why former Gunner is backing Arsenal to beat Bayern…

Gilberto reckons Arsenal stand a good chance against Munich! by Ash

Whilst Arsenal have been doing very well in the Premier League and currently sit at the top of the table, the club’s Champions League position looks a little more doubtful despite qualification to the next round. Arsenal managed to progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League last week despite falling at the hands of Napoli with a 2-0 defeat. The loss left the Gunners level on points with group winners Borussia Dortmund and Napoli, but Arsenal evidently went through at the expense of the Italian side. Now after our progression was made a certainty, Arsenal have since found out that we will face Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the next round of Europe’s greatest club competition.

Will Ozil be the best CAM in Premier League for Arsenal?

Big things are expected of Mesut Ozil at Arsenal. Not only does the German midfielder come with a big reputation, but his transfer fee has nearly trebled the previous transfer record of the Gunners. So just what can we expect from Ozil and, perhaps more importantly, will he be better than the creative players of Arsenal’s Premier league rivals.

Assuming that Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott can stay injury free, Arsenal have three front men who can definitely put the finishing touches to attacking moves, as long as Ozil can provide them. According to stats compiled by eplindex.com, the 24-year old German international should have no problem, as they show him to be as effective, or even better, than the most creative players in the Premier League last season.

Flamini signing was vital and means Arsenal FINALLY have a DM

In Defence of Our Improving Defence by Uche

Fellow gunners, finally there is cause for optimism in defensive midfield because Mathew the warrior Flamini is back. For the first time since Gilberto Silva left, we finally have a proper defensive midfielder by trade. Flamini is a decent, experienced and passionate defensive midfielder.

Guys did you hear the words ‘defensive midfielder’? Yep, we have signed one already but in our frustration with the transfer window, many of us don’t quite realise this yet. After all these years without a defensive midfielder, we have finally signed one and quite frankly, I couldn’t care less if he fell from the sky and landed on Wenger’s lap without us spending a penny.

Arsenal captain on Barcelona’s transfer list- Lucky he’s injured

It seems strange to be glad about an Arsenal player having an injury, but that is the situation I find myself in. Actually, the same was true last year when Kieran Gibbs got injured, luckily enough just before the January window closed. That meant that Arsene Wenger rushed through the transfer of Nacho Monreal from Malaga, meaning that we never had to see that grinning buffoon Andre Santos in an Arsenal shirt anymore.

Gustavo staying at Bayern and Arsenal have just a week to trigger Fellaini clause!!

Gustavo unlikely to join Gunners by Ash

All summer Arsenal fans have been calling for Wenger to address the midfield when it comes to looking to sign players and it seems that the main target man wanted by Gunner fans at the moment is Bayern Munich and Brazil international defensive central midfielder Luis Gustavo.

Arsenal have arguably been missing a proper central defensive midfielder ever since the Gilberto Silva days, and although many will argue that the likes of Alex Song have since had a go at the role, he never really became a true DM and that’s where a lot of our problems supposedly lay.

After Barcelona contact on Koscielny, Arsenal must prove ambition

It is the thing that has caused the most anger and disappointment to the Arsenal fans in recent years, but we believed those days were over. The Gooners have sort of understood that the club were not spending money in the transfer market, while the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City were throwing cash around like confetti at a wedding, but the sale of our best players, especially to our direct Premier League rivals has really hurt us.