How boring is the football world when the internationals take place?
Is it just me, or does everyone dread these breaks and really have little interest in watching the international game? Not even England, my own country and a side which includes our own Theo and Jack interest me, in fact all I look for is to see if we have suffered any new injuries.
Thankfully, tonight it’s all over and fingers and toes crossed all our players return fit and healthy and ready for Sunderland.
Poor old Per Mertesacker is the latest Arsenal player to face stupid questions from the media ahead of Germanys fixture against the Faroe Islands.
Oh, and guess what they wanted to talk about, yep, you guessed it, Mesut Ozil….
I think he is worth what we paid for him. He is a phenomenal player and I think he has not reached his best, at the moment.
He will fit in. He will suit Arsenal. We are really looking forward to playing with him and being his team-mate.
I think his contribution to this club will be massive. He’s an exceptional player and we are over the moon to have him at Arsenal. You could see his intelligence, especially the last pass, the decisive pass, is vital in his game and we can expect a lot.
He’s shy but he developed in the last few years. When he went to Madrid, went abroad, I think he improved a lot. He went through rough times as well so his experience is vital and can make the difference.
His confidence is still big and that will rise. Ozil played up front for the final few minutes of Germany’s 3-0 victory over Austria on Friday and Mertesacker suggested he could play there for Arsenal if circumstances dictated. The defender also said the capture of a proven world class performer had changed the mentality at the Emirates.
When we met at the national team we spoke a lot about Arsenal and a lot about London and I always said it’s a big city and a good club to be at So maybe that was in his mind when he took the decision to join us.
So then, has our naughty new captain been tapping up Ozil? In fact, was he behind Lukas Podolski signing two, both joined us after he did…
I jest of course but you never know do you for sure and with all the rumours about Arsene Wenger returning to the German League in search of new players in January and then again in the summer, maybe word of mouth is the way many transfers happen.
Lars Bender is being tipped to be the next German international heading our way, if we are to believe what is written in The Daily Star.
According to them, we are set to go back for the German international in January, with an improved offer of £25m. Bender is known for his tireless work rate and incredible stamina.
That’s all very good then…..
Talking of transfers, the loan transfer window opens today. Not sure for how long but it’s likely we could see one or two players depart, at least until January 1st. Serge Gnabry is rumoured to be one of those players but my own view is he’d be one of the first to step up should we suffer injuries in his position. Ryo Miyaichi and Gedion Zelalem are two others who spring to mind but considering all three are listed as being part of our first team squad it would be a surprise to see anyone go.
Emmanuel Frimpong though, is in desperate need of football, if he is to have any chance of remaining an Arsenal player. He needs to get away from the social media and concentrate on all things football and prove he has what it takes to play at the top level.
Finding the right club for any of our players must be difficult as very seldom do they seem to get much playing time. Jack Wilshere was the exception when he played under Owen Coyle at Bolton. They need playing time, not bench time, otherwise they may as well stay and play in the reserves…
Four more days and we are back – fingers crossed for tonight…
That’s it for another day…