- Written by Liam Moyles
Ever since Mesut Ozil’s record-breaking move to Arsenal in last summers transfer window he has been the centre of everything to do with Arsenal.
He was the big name signing fans have been craving for years, he has been integral to Arsenal’s rise to the top of the table for the majority of the season and he has been the reason why many people now believe this season could be the season Arsenal end their trophy drought.
However, in recent weeks Ozil has had to deal with something for the first time in his professional career, and that is criticism. The British media are infamous for targeting footballers and unfortunately it affects our opinions.
Many critics are now proclaiming Ozil has lost ‘it’, that he does not warrant his price tag and that he was not even that good in the first place. Well, I for one could not disagree more.
- Written by Jason Phillips
In Martin Scorsese’s new hit feature film ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, businessman Jordan Belfort asks his potential colleagues to “sell me this pen.” While three out of the four men shy away from explaining its practice, one man steps up to state a solution to a problem.
After almost nine years without a trophy at Arsenal, it’s time that the fans ask the club to “sell us this team.” While many pundits, players and journalists struggle to do so, there is one man who can outline the master plan as to how this team intend on winning honours this season; Arsène Wenger.
In the summer of 2013, there was an inquest at Arsenal. Yet another season had been wasted due to a shaky start that resulted in the side struggling to get near their rivals Tottenham in the race for top four by February. While a winning result in Munich lifted the spirits of a deflated side, the last minute scramble for a Champions League place was déjà vu for the senior players and their manager.
- Written by Theo Andrew
Arsenal’s challenging fixture list has been tossed around the media of late, almost as if people are waiting for our season to go kerplunk.
It is true that in recent years, the month of February has been of little comfort to Arsenal fans, crashing out of the F.A Cup or the Champions League, perhaps both, and there is a growing feeling we are teetering on the brink as we enter the most challenging part of the season.
The goings gets tough
Competing for a trophy is never going to be a walk in the park, and a season is likely to entail ups and downs throughout. The Gunners could well be at a cross-roads as we enter a difficult period of the season.
Wenger announced a fresh blow as this month of fixtures will have to be played without the Welsh maestro Ramsey. So far this year we have managed to stay in contention without him, although his work-rate is sorely missed. Along with the absence of Wilshere and Flamini puts a considerable chink in the once robust midfield.
- Written by Chris Reidy
It seems as if Arsenal have shot their title chances in the foot as this transfer window comes to an end, with only veteran midfielder Kim Kallstrom seemingly joining on a six month loan coming in as midfield cover. Arsenal have suffered unfortunate injuries and suspensions in that position and this should be seen as a sensible signing.
However, Arsenal fans have watched Manchester United sign Juan Mata this window and seen title challengers Chelsea secure three good acquisitions in the form of Mohamed Salah, Nemanja Matic and St Etienne youngster Kurt Zouma. Favourite for the title Manchester City, could probably field two teams capable of challenging for the title already.
January started with the expectation that Arsenal would look to sign a quality striker as they had looked to do in the previous window with attempts to sign Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez proving unsuccessful. As January approached there were clear signs of Olivier Giroud tiring and the injury to Theo Walcott seemed to guarantee a forward of quality would be signed.
- Written by Toby Moss
With the transfer of Draxler almost definitely not happening, this January at least, here is a look at whether not signing the 20 year old will be a catastrophic blunder, or a determined rationality not to overpay for a player who has still not shown everything he is capable of.
Is he what Arsenal need now?
Another back up to Olivier Giroud is something that many believe Arsenal really need to cement their chances of winning the league this year. Julian Draxler is not that. He may be in the future, with some claiming that it is where Wenger sees him playing eventually. This season, he has played 18 times as an attacking midfielder, and once as a left winger.
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