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Arsenal round-up: Ozil tunnel bust-up; New name mentioned for DoF post; FA Cup win a success, says Gary Neville


Arsenal round-up: Ozil tunnel bust-up; New name mentioned for DoF post; FA Cup win a success, says Gary Neville

Mesut Ozil future has been discussed at length over the course of the season and the Mirror report that he was involved in a tunnel bust-up after the North London Derby. He was the Arsenal player asked to take a dope test and initially refused, before kicking a door in frustration. The report goes on to say that the German is unhappy at the number of times he has been asked to take a post-match test this season. The club are getting impatient with the player who continues to stall over a new contract and this report underlines the midfielder’s own growing frustration.

This has been a poor season for the midfielder and he has played his part in a disappointing campaign for the team. Arsenal have underperformed and Ozil is meant to be one of the club’s best players, but he hasn’t shown that. There has been some talk on social media that he is no longer world class and that he has regressed as a player. It could be that there isn’t interest in him this summer and he may be forced to remain with the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger does appear to be staying for at least another season, but Arsenal will be looking to appoint a director of football to assist him in footballing matters. The Mirror report that Hoffenheim’s Alexander Rosen is on their radar as they continue their search to fill the post. He has played his part in a spectacular rise for the German club who will be playing Champions League football next season. Rosen appointed rising star Julian Nagelsmann as manager and it could be that Arsenal want both in the long term.

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Rosen is seen as a shrewd negotiator in the transfer market and given his success in Germany, it could be an excellent appointment if Arsenal act on their interest. Marc Overmars and Michael Zorc are also in contention for the post. It is a positive move to bring in a director of football as it is clear that Wenger is doing too much on his own at the moment. The game has changed since he was first appointed and he needs to focus on what is happening on the pitch.

Finally, Gary Neville has argued that it would be a successful season for Arsenal if they do win the FA Cup. This will be a hotly discussed topic over the coming weeks, especially as the uncertainty over the future direction of the club remains. Arsene Wenger has yet to state whether he will stay and it could be that he is waiting to see if his team does win the FA Cup. The pundit told Sky Sports:


“If they won the FA Cup this year, would that be seen as a successful season? I’d say probably yes.

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“People will argue their league performance has been the worst it’s been for 15-20 years but maybe they are allowed a blip.”

These are interesting comments from one of the most respected pundits in the media. Arsenal supporters will be gutted if they do miss out on the top four as it will mean that they won’t be in the Champions League for the first time since 1998/99. However, there is now a top six in the Premier League and it is more competitive than it has ever been. Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool have all missed out in recent years and they have bounced back from that. It would be a good achievement to win the FA Cup and provide the fans with something to cheer about.

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