Mesut Ozil should start for Arsenal if fit by Sam P
There was an article on this website the other day that suggested that it was too risky for Arsenal to throw Mesut Ozil straighht back into the starting line-up for the visit of the tough tackling and physically aggressive Stoke City tomorrow, even if the German international is fit enough to start.
I can see the point, especially as Ozil is not really the sort of player to stand up to a bit of a battle, but I think that this reasoning pays too much respect to Mark Hughes and his players. At the Emirates, Arsenal should focus on our own game and our own qualities rather than worrying about a team with less quality, no matter how hard we expect them to work and close us down.
In fact, the last thing we need is to get drawn into a tight game. We want to use the superior quality and class that the Gunners possess and that means starting with Ozil in my opinion. Acording to Arsene Wenger and looking at the training photos on Arsenal.com, Ozil is raring to go, so let him go and play rings round Stoke.
He might not last the whole 90 minutes, but a positive hour or so from the former Real Madrid star could be just what he and Arsenal need. Let’s not pander to Stoke and their bully-boy tactics, let’s give them a lesson in the art of football because that is what we are good at, especially with Ozil pulling the strings. What do you say Gooners?