Will Arsenal find their Ozil-replacement amongst our kids against Rapid Vienna?

Europa could see us search for creativity in other places by Konstantin Mitov

Good to see you again lovely Arsenal people! It’s the Europa League, excited right? No, not really. I am still pretty depressed about our negative approach at the Etihad. What was also disappointing was Leno saying we “closed the gap on City, because it was a tight game”.

We created 3 chances for 10 minutes in a 90 minute game and lost 1:0, never looking like we’d score post minute 60. Not a lot to celebrate there IMO. Sure it wasn’t a 3:0, but our atrocious away record to the top 6 is still waiting and I’m worried, because we lack creativity and for a final time – no, Ozil is not the answer.

He hasn’t been for years! He used the best of an extremely poor situation handled by the board to milk a 350k/week contract and not for a second am I sympathising with Ozil on that one. Was he axed because he refused a pay cut? It’s not unlikely, but honestly, do you care? We had Ozil so many times under 3 different managers needing him to put a performance in a big game and it was hardly ever there.

It’s so pathetic to see a player using PR stunts to excuse the fact he cannot get into the team. If he put in the defensive shift required, if he wasn’t afraid of tackles and heading the ball, he could’ve been selected. He opted to be the victim instead of being an example on how to win your spot back, and now that he’s been axed from everything that he could be, we can move on to looking for creativity elsewhere and Europa is perfect for that.

We got a pretty easy group, and I do expect a lot of changes. It’s highly unlikely we’ll use the big guns, unless we want to give them game time. Could Partey start to gain some momentum? I’m not sure, but I won’t be surprised if he features as a sub. Our formation will be interesting. Do we go 4 at the back?

I think this could well be the case and a midfield trio including Elneny, Xhaka or Ceballos and Willock is what I suspect. The creative midfielder role could also be given to ESR and I’m hoping to see him play. These Europa group stage games are the best chance for the likes of him to make a statement for the first team like Saka did. I’d love to see more young players break through the academy. United played Touanzebe against PSG and he was one of their best players.

Speaking of United we’re playing them after Leicester and those are the two games that really matter for me. I want a much more dominating display from us. Our attacking trio was shambolic against City. I’m interested if Arteta will pick Eddie or Laca. I think that miss against Liverpool cost Laca too much after a good start to the season. He is a confidence player and Mikel might have given him a harsh treatment, but we’ll see when the squad comes out.

We shouldn’t really struggle with Rapid, but with Arsenal you never know and football is strange these days. Still I expect us to win to build up some momentum and go with desire against Leicester. I also want to see us try and impose our game against lesser opposition. I want to see what his real vision for the squad is.


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  1. Players like Willock, Nelson, Runarrson, Soares, Kola, Nketiah and eSR should be starting the EUL games giving rest for our main players so that we have fresh legs for the Leicester match and subsequently the United match. Also if any of these players shine they could be considered in the PL line up. I also feel MA should start with Laca today to bring back his confidence, play him for 50-60 minutes and than bring on Nketiah. As for the creativity, MA can try out Willock or ESR for the role and see how it goes. Up the Gunners!

    1. Yes, Ozil was axed because he refused to accept the pay cut and by doing this the club may 100k a week. This is purely a management decision.
      Going forward, we need to get a creative mid fielder from within the current squad. If Arteta has not allowed ESR to go out on koan then why not try him as many talked about his potential. Again our approach to the game is going to decide the outcome of the matches that we are going to play. We need to play our brand of football irrespective of the opponent.Hope that we have the squad that can challenge for honors.

    2. 433 for me and save our best available x1 for Leicester.

      v rapid
      Cedric Mustafi Luiz Kolasinac
      Willock Elneny AMN
      Nelson Nketiah ESR

      Bench: Leno, Bellerin, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Pepe, Aubameyang, Lacazette

      v Leicester
      Bellerin Saliba Gabriel Tierney
      Partey Xhaka Saka
      Pepe Lacazette Aubameyang

      1. @Atid your lineup against Leicester is exciting. Arteta should be thinking about getting a starting eleven by now,&it shouldn’t be far from this.Of interest to me is the Saliba situation, someone tell me why such a talented player is being excluded from both the P.L&E.L teams.
        The other curious issue is our striker, if Arteta does not trust Lacca he should have sold him &gotten us a new striker.However good E.Nketia will be,he can’t be the guy we are relying on to get us over the line.

  2. People have been banging the drum for Smith Rowe for a couple of seasons and if he doesn’t get his chance ( in games like this ) what would be the point of including him in the Euro squad?
    I’m not qualified to judge his worth over others, but with Ceballos reportedly suffering an ankle injury then this is as good an opportunity as he’s likely to get against decent opposition.

  3. @mitov dont get it. All of a sudden arsenal fans expecting ozil to start throwing in tackles like them coquelin and torriera.. Am ashame by some arsenal fans antics. You want to get the best of ozil? Then you need to play to his strength. And i will always say this is the best time to do that when we are lot more stronger in the middle. Sad it has to end like this

  4. ESR? Is he ready. Please enjoy the U23 Games with him. Europa League is tough and by wiil be taken seriously.
    If Nelson can’t get game time then wow.he is quality and has to wait for Willian and Pepe
    To improve arsenal they need more partnerships with the front three. At present Willian, Pepe and Lacs play like individuals. They all need to develop understanding with Saka and Ceballos in order for the team to flourish

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