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Better than Bergkamp? Records smashed for Ozil. Viviano signed up too, but is it enough?

September 3, 2013

Morning all.

What a drag yesterday was.

The night before, the Mesut Ozil to Arsenal rumours started to do the rounds not long after Bale had officially joined Real Madrid. That story gather pace as the day progressed and then finally, Sky Sports flicked over to their reporter in Germany and he confirmed the player was undergoing a medical prior to a move to London….

Another story related to Italian  international goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano on a season-long loan. This confirmation came first but we had to wait until late afternoon before AFC.com finally confirmed the deal.

The 6′ 5″ 27-year-old, spent last term on loan at Fiorentina, where he kept 11 clean sheets in 32 league appearances.

Arsène Wenger said:

Viviano is a player that we have rated for some time and we are very pleased to have signed him on loan. He’s experienced and has proved himself at a high level, and provides us with excellent cover to our existing goalkeepers.

I’m not quite sure we signed him to be honest, not if what Arsene Wenger says is true. At 27 years old and hoping to play for Italy, why would he join us just to be competition for the two we already have?

Surely this guy wants to be number one by now? Watching that situation unfold will be interesting to say the least.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not unhappy that we have signed a keeper, not one bit. Just Viviano is an odd choice imho.

So that was one in, albeit on loan.

Next rumour surrounded Demba Ba, followed later by Javier Pastore – the latter, a 6′ 2″ attacking midfielder from PSG. Suggestion was that the French side wanted Juan Mata and if they were successful, they’d consider selling us Pastore.

8.25pm, Chelsea confirm that they would not let Demba bar join us. Where would Arsene Wenger turn to sign a much needed striker?

Well, forty minutes later, we had our answer. Nik Bendtners proposed move to Crystal Palace was postponed just in case Wenger couldn’t find another option before the deadline…. Shocking!!

Finally, just before 10.30pm, the news we all waited for, broke.

Arsenal FC had signed Mesut Ozil… Phew.

Record Breaker..

Record Breaker..

A top top class signing and apart from Bale, the biggest signing of this summer transfer window and he’s ours and he’s thrilled:

I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League. It will be great for my own personal development as a player and I am particularly looking forward to working with Arsène Wenger.

From our negotiations it is clear the Club has huge ambition and I look forward to being part of an exciting future.

Funny really that he should say ‘exciting future’ – that’s something which clearly RVP was not told as he suggested our future plans were the very reason he was seeking glory elsewhere. Maybe he was just too old to wait for that future to arrive.

Arsene Wenger is also very very pleased to have got his man:

We are extremely pleased to have signed Mesut Ozil. He is a great player, with proven quality at both club and international level. We have watched and admired him for some time as he has all the attributes I look for in an Arsenal player

I have said throughout the summer that we have been working hard to bring in top quality players to this football club. This has involved many many people across the Club and I have always had the full support of the Club in making decisions on the football side.

Mesut is a top quality footballer who will be a fantastic addition to our talented squad. We are all looking forward to him joining up with us after his international matches with Germany and working with us as an Arsenal player.

So are we Arsene, so are we…..

But whilst I am thrilled that we have signed such a wonderfully exciting player, who by all accounts turned down PSG, I am very disappointed that we didn’t show a bit more ambition. Just signing a striker, a goal machine would make so much difference as if Olivier Giroud suffers an injury we are back to Sanogo, Park and Bendtner.

Maybe January will see the top striker arrive, maybe Ozil is just the start of many world class players who will now be signed up by Arsene Wenger?

In Ozil we have a player whose ‘assists’ are only outnumbered by Messi, we have a player who will now stop the media/press from writing silly stories about how tight the club are as this deal totally smashed any previous record signing made by us. In fact it’s the second highest signing on fee paid by a Premier league club for any player, Torres to Chelsea sits above it.

We have a player who many an opposition will fear, a player who others around will learn from and a player who will lift the spirits of all those around him……

A truly world class, outstanding player and he’s ours. I’d actually say he’s the most exciting signing since David Dein confirmed Dennis Bergkamp, maybe even better as the great Dutchman was struggling with his game when we signed him.

If Mesut Ozil can get anywhere near to matching the great career Dennis Bergkamp had with us, we are in for a few treats….

Just a shame we couldn’t get that striker…….

On a final note, Highbury House records were smashed yesterday too, the comments went over the 1000 mark, thanks to all of you who stayed to see the events of the day unfold…

What a day….

Thank goodness the window is now shut!

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Per Mertesacker – the perfect signing or the Sprat to catch a Mackerel??

November 10, 2011

Just a bit of food for thought today.

I know over the past couple of transfer windows many here had hoped that Wenger would sign a few of the up and coming, or experience German footballers, Mesut Ozil is one that springs to mind prior to him joining Real Madrid. We all know a HH regular hoped that Marcel Schmelzer would have been snapped up in the summer too… ;)

Seriously,  I don’t think as many German players have been linked to us over the years as they are right now.

Three off the top of my head are:

Marco Reus: a 22 year old, 5′ 11″ attacking midfielder who currently plays for  Borussia Monchengladbach.

Mario Gotze: a 19 year old, 5′ 9.5″ attacking midfielder who currently plays for Borussia Dortmund

Kevin Grosskreutz: a 23 year old, 6′ 1″ winger/striker who also plays for Dortmund.

The latter has supposed to have said:

If I do ever leave Dortmund, I would like to go to the Premier League in England, and my favorite club there is Arsenal.

Ok, he goes on to say he’s happy where he is but to be honest, he can’t really say anything else can he about being happy where he is? What would Dortmund think if he didn’t?

Added to the above, when Wenger was asked about his interest in Grosskreutz, he didn’t deny it!

Ok, I am sure I’ve missed one or two recent German players linked to us but I’m sure you will let me know. ;)

Wenger has ‘done’ Africa, he’s still ‘doing’ France and no doubt always will, he touched on Brazil again with the signing of Santos and despite Cesc leaving us, he took a risk on another couple of young Spaniards. Of course he also signed an older one so he won’t be leaving us in his prime; he’s pretty much passed that.

He also nabbed another couple of Englishman in Jenkinson and Chamberlain, two crackers in my own opinion.

However, he’s not really been a manager that has stepped into the German market – we bought Jens Lehman, Stefan Malz  and Moritz Volz but I don’t recall too many more, do you?

If there were, they certainly didn’t hit the Arsenal headlines. ;)

My point is, since Per Mertesacker signed for us in the summer, speculation and rumour about Wenger scouting German players has increased hugely but is it just that, or do all these stories hold a touch of truth?

Having scouted many countries, is Wenger about to ‘hit’ Germany?

Are we soon to see one or two the future of the German International side plying their trade in North London?

If we are, it has to be a good thing doesn’t it?

So, back to the real question, did Arsene Wenger sign Mertesacker for the player, or has he been shrewd along the way and hope that by signing him, other German players will want to follow in his path?

Is our big German just the sprat, with Wenger out to catch his mackerel?

Either way, the big fella is doing pretty well isn’t he?

Just a thought….


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