Ozil: Arsenal still in title hunt but summer reinforcements a must

Mesut Ozil claims Arsenal are still in with a chance to be champions this season, but insists that money must be spent on reinforcing the side this summer. The playmaker has been talking to the press in Germany this week, having travelled to his homeland to play against England and Italy, and has opened up about his club’s campaign.

Ozil claims that his side have lacked the concentration in this season’s Premier League campaign, but is not giving up on winning it just yet. The 27 year-old claims that Leicester have a tough run-in coming up, and should his side avoid any further slip-ups, they could well end up topping the table.

He said: “I do not think it impossible,” he told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag when asked about hunting down Leicester and winning the league.

“Although there are only a few games left, Leicester have a run against some of the big teams to come.

“We ourselves must in any case not allow any more slip-ups. The hope of the title is still there – we have the players for the title.

“They deserve to be up there – Leicester fight for every point,” he added.

“We see in every game that players of Leicester want to achieve something. We ourselves have not been focused in every game, and that is not possible in the Premier League since there is no opponent you can beat easily.

“Leicester have been great, but there are still a few games. I think we still have a chance to catch up Leicester. We must, of course, hope for mistakes.”

Regardless of their finishing position however, Ozil is adamant that the club must strengthen before the new season, especially with the likes of Pep Guardiola coming in to help Manchester City challenge next year.

“We know that it will not be easy and that we need reinforcements if we want next season to be on top here again,” he continued.

“It is again interesting to see who invests in who and how much the clubs do during the summer break.

“In addition, great coaches are coming into the league. I am thinking primarily of Pep Guardiola. Wherever he has been, he had success. He is a coach, keen on playing and his teams are feared.

“I wonder what he will do with Man City. He will be imprinting his football in England and people will be surprised.”

We understand the need to strengthen in our team, despite the arrival of Guardiola at City.

With only Petr Cech’s arrival last summer, we knew as soon as the injuries started stacking up that we would begin to struggle, and once Theo Walcott got injured leaving Giroud to take the responsibility of the sole striker role on his own, our season slowly began falling apart.

With Wenger recently talking up Walcott’s Arsenal position, who will make way for a new striker this summer? Where else do you think is most in need of strengthening?

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  1. I hope he gets what he’s expecting..major signings….if not then Only God knows ???? ….but whatever happens Eddy Hoyte won’t get sick or depressed cuz of arsenal again.???

  2. Ozil just said all my thoughts
    We can still win the title i believe
    We must buy new players in summer
    I love you Ozil

    1. What we need :

      1. Back up for Sanchez, best would be a young winger who can be groomed into a forward

      2. First choice striker, I like Welbeck but Giroud and Theo are only good enough to be subs

      3. 2 CBs, Koscielny is not getting younger and Mertesacker needs to be replaced

      4. RB, replace Debuchy with someone that can compete with Bellerin, maybe Jenkinson

      5. 2 midfielders, Arteta and Flamini are no longer needed and Wilshere is injury prone

      That’s 7 players, we need to build a squad capable of challenging on ALL fronts

  3. The title is gone lads. For us to win it, Leicester would have to lose 3 games out of their last 7. So far they’ve only lost 3 games out of 31 this season, and two of those were against us. They won’t drop that many points. We can’t catch them.

    We’d also have to get above Spurs. We’d have to make up 4 points to get above them too. They have tough remaining fixtures, so we could still hope to finish above them in second.

    Also worth pointing out that to have any chance of climbing the table, we’d need to win every single game from now until the end of the season. Unlikely?Very. I think overall we have the easiest remaining games of any of the top teams, but we still have some very difficult games left. West Ham away will be really tough, they’ve been excellent this season, but I’d be hopeful of winning that one. Man City away is probably the more difficult game.

    In terms of the title race, we’re beaten. All we can hope for now is to beat Tottenham to second. I do have a faint fear that we’ll slip up and get dragged into a battle for top 4…

  4. As for the summer… Why is no one talking about Mario Gotze? The guy is quality and clearly looking for a move away from Bayern. Supposedly he likes Arsenal, so why wouldn’t we get him?

    Liverpool seem to think they can sign him, so why can’t we? I guess we don’t really ‘need’ him. We’d have to try and accommodate both him and Özil into the same team, and as we see with the German national team, they haven’t really figured out a way to do it. But can you just sit by and let a player that good go to a rival?

  5. Le 10 Sport say it’s true that the Gunners are offering £63.2million for the 26-year-old forward and Wenger is now determined to get his man.

    The French manager is looking to bring attacking reinforcements to the Emirates and it’s understood Aubameyang is among his top targets ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

    It’s a bit hard to believe that wenger will spend that much on a player, but I suppose if he sells The Ox and Szczesny to liverpooh for the reported £40 million, then there’s half a chance that he might.

  6. Well… At least the future looks bright for Arsenal fc,
    What with all these quality youngsters been snapped up.

    A Gunners recruitment source has told Football Insider that Quina has agreed a deal in principle to join Arsenal and is set to finalise a transfer to Emirates Stadium in the next 24 hours.

    The teenager, who has returned to England after playing for Portugal Under-17s in Croatia during the international break, is predominantly used in a central midfield or No10 role and is renowned for his dribbling and technical ability.

    He has scored seven goals in eight matches for Portugal Under-17s and has been a regular scorer for Chelsea’s age-group team.


    and…wenger is to blame in: playing mert and not gab, playing mert in general, not buying a decent cover to the the coq, keeping wilshere and arteta in the squad.

    I CAN understand wenger for not buying a striker because Welbeck is quality, and Wolcott was a good competition, until wenger destroyes he’s confidence with playing him on and off in different positions each game.

    sad season. could have been much better. thx wenger.

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