Mesut Ozil: The Pressure is On
Arsenal fans were crying out for a signing, and it seemed as though the club were going to have another disappointing transfer window. And then it happened.
Soon after Gareth Bale completed his world record move to Real Madrid there were grumblings about what stars Madrid would be willing to sell to cover the cost of Bale. Di Maria, Benzema, and Ozil were all names thrown out as potentially expendable. One club linked to all of the names was none other than Arsenal. Arsene Wenger’s lack of spending was the butt of every transfer market joke this summer, and then he broke the club record transfer fee.
Ozil was announced with less than an hour left in the transfer window, and though Ozil wasn’t the signing that was needed, he’s the signing every fan of the club wanted. A marquee, big money move by a club being slammed for not being able to attract top talent.
It seemed Ozil saw the writing on the wall with the transfers of Isco and Bale. That coupled with the fact he was regularly not finishing games and being subbed off with a good portion of the games he started remaining made it most likely an easy choice. Fans of every other team in La Liga should be rejoicing right about now, according to Squawka Ozil created 91 scoring chances last season. He is arguably the best playmaker in the world right now, and his ability combined with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, and the other attackers on the team could be deadly. Not to mention he will likely make Olivier Giroud look even better than he has already this season.
Now, as amazing as the signing of Ozil is, it doesn’t completely make us forget what Arsenal lack. They still need a box to box midfielder, another center back, and a second striker. But we can’t dismiss that Ozil will make the Arsenal attack something that has to be looked at closely and feared by all defenses.
Does Ozil make Arsenal a title contender this year? No, not at all. As amazing as he is he won’t make up for the deficiencies the club still have. But, he will invigorate the clubs fans with a feeling of, “this is the start of something special.” A player like Ozil is the perfect building block for Arsene Wenger, and maybe the first real step to Arsenal finally ending the silverware drought.
For a more tactical look at how Ozil will effect Arsenal check out this post.
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