Mesut Ozil is the latest Gunner to rubbish speculation linking him with an exit from Arsenal. The German international has been one of the key players for us this season, directly playing a part in 23 of our 48 league goals.
Barcelona had been linked with making an attempt to bring him back to Spain, but despite our club’s dismal season, the midfielder has no interest in a move. Ozil said: ‘My future? I’m only focused on Arsenal. There’s no truth in rumours linking me with a return to Spain’.
Obviously we had no doubt that he would be staying, as we are no longer a selling club. The Emirates is practically fully paid off now, and there is no need to sell, not unless we want to.
Hector Bellerin has also ruled out an exit, with a number of big European clubs claimed to be keen, with our players only interested in helping return Arsenal to the top of the table.
Three players who will be leaving are Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky, so there will no doubt be players coming in during the upcoming window.
The papers are eager to get their stories out there, but lets just ignore any of the outgoing fabrications for the time being.
In retrospect, all the distractions from the pressure of trying to chase down an unlikely Premier League title win could be positive.
Jose Mourinho is a big fan of being a distraction, which seems to do its trick on occasion, and with us so far behind at present, it could be good to just get back to playing football again.
A favourable set of results for us this weekend may even quieten the #WengerOut brigade, and with Tottenham travelling to Liverpool that is a strong possibility.
If Mesut Ozil and a number of our favourite players are all sticking with the manager, and can see the positive in what he has done and is doing, then maybe the fans should get back to supporting the club also.
Is it possible for Ozil to do better next year? More of the same again will more than suffice!
Good positivity but what next will we say if Leicester win or spurs win on sunday. It’s not realistic that we will win all eight games while Leicester and spurs decide to loss their games . As a Englishman I am very proud and impressed with the English core of spurs and Leicester. Vardy and Kane are really good and can only dare to dream what if we had two forwards like these two
If you take number of goals in PL lexcluding penalties agains minutes played then the stats for vardy, kane and giroud are very similar, 170 to 180 minutes per goal. I was surprised when I worked it out.
Lets see how this pans out this weekend. Arsenal win, spurs losing and Leicster draw will make me start believing we can win this league… the fixture list has defo been kinder to Arsenal. Put it this way they both draw one n lose one, we win both plus our game in hand we are right in the mix again. City/WestHam away need to beat both no mater what!
Oh and for Ozil staying, he needs a WC RW, B2B & ST around him and Alexis, he will be back to his best with no football this summer, proper rest and pre season for Sanchez. Bellerin needs competition also so RB brought in, why not kill 2birds with one stone with Serge Aurier (can play both RB/CB). Gabriel&Boss with Per,Chambers&Serge!
Elneny, Coquelin , Wilsh & Xhaka…Sell Ramsey if barca want him since Rush/Bale both think he wld be perfect for Barca, were they not tracking him recently plus big money for him at least 40m+?
Leaves Santi&Ozil playing no10
Iwobi&Alexis on LW
Welbz& New striker (Sell Theo, maybe G12 also?), Akpom comes back.
Ox 6mnth loaned, New signing and Campbell for RW.
Imaging this lot leaving;
Not one will be needed next season and would save alot on wages for new recruits and balance out our spending fees with incoming fees for the last 5 mentioned above!
Cech, Ospina & Martinez
Bellerin & Jenko
Nacho & Gibbs
Boss, Gabby, Chambers & Per
Coq, Elneny & Santi
Ozil & Wilshere
Iwobi & Sanchez
Ox & Campbell
Thats what we would have left then add on CB/RB, B2B, RW & ST. Be a good team imo
Harry Kane 22 years old . played 31 prem games and has scored 21
Kane has scored 16 goals excluding penalties in PL in 2735 minutes of play. That is 171 minutes per goal.
Giroud has scored 11 goals excluding penalties in PL in 1939 minutes of play. That is 176 min per goal.
Vardy stats are slightly worse, lukaku is better at something like 144 minutes and aguero best at around 118 minutes.
I would have expected kane and vardy to be much better than Giroud. Perhaps it is a case of us closely watching Arsenal games and remembering misses but watching other teams less closely and remenbering the goals but forgetting the misses. In other words, the grass is always greener in the next field.
It’s then possible to
make a case for every player
to leave for some reason injury, age, unhappy,
not good enough or large transfer fee offer etc.
However Wenger is ” publically” talking “cohesion”
what he’s thinking privately I don’t know but generally
Wenger favours little change and is very loyal to his squad.
So perhaps we can say those “Probably staying”.
Cech Ospina Macey.
Monreal Gibbs Bellerin
Koz Gabriel Chambers Mertesacker
Ramsey Cazorla Wilshere
Sanchez Chamberlain Adelaide Campbell
Walcott Giroud Wellbeck
Just add Jenkinson at RB and we
have a 25 man squad.
There are 2 under 21 Iwobi and Adelaide
so we can add two more so firstly we need another DM.
The second being a “marquee striker” (for the fans)
but only if we sell Giroud. (15 mill)