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Mesut Ozil, I just don’t think you understand….

Mesut Ozil is arguably the biggest enigma we have had at The Arsenal – He is Brilliant, Magical, Inspiring, Frustrating, Lazy, World Class and opinion dividing all in one – I don’t think I have ever seen a player that has split the opinion of a fan base more than Mesut Ozil.

213 assists in 579 career club appearances, 65 goal involvements in 92 aps for Germany. He has been the top provider in Germany, Spain, England, a World Cup, Euros and the Champions League – that tells you all you need to know about his strengths. On his day he is arguably the best number 10 world football, the most creative footballer in the planet. This has been back up by Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Joachim Low who made him integral parts of their team.

Many of Mesuts current and ex-team mates and say he is the best player they have played with technically; BUT the question that has always been asked about Mesut “Does he want it enough?” “Does he really care?” “Does he work hard enough?”

I guess as Arsenal fans a lot of people would say no to those 3 questions. Yet Ozil was an integral part of ending Arsenals 9 year trophy drought – he went on to win 3 FA Cups with Arsenal in 4 years.

Ozil joined Arsenal in 2013 following a promise he gave Arsene Wenger prior to joining Real Madrid 3 years earlier.

On the 31st January 2018 Mesut signed a new 3 year contract with Arsenal for £350,000 per week – this was the same time we lost Alexis Sanchez.

Sanchez was unbelievable for Arsenal at the time and was a huge blow to lose him to Manchester United. Mesut could have easily followed suit, but he didn’t he signed a new deal to stay at the club that he felt was his home – he has always paid a huge respect to the Arsenal fans that have always stuck by him.

When Unai Emery joined Arsenal he made Mesut Ozil one of his 5 captains but at the same time challenged Mesut by insisting he had to improve his work rate.

Ozil was reminded that he was no different to any other player in the squad and if he didn’t do what was asked of him he would not play.

That is fair enough – you have to adapt and as an Arsenal fan for over 30 years all I have ever wanted to see is a player give 100% for the shirt – especially if you are earning £350k a week!

Mesut managed 5 goals and 2 assists in 24 games in the Premier League in the 2018-19 season is this enough to justify his huge new contract? By far the biggest contract we have given to a player.

Some fans argued that we should have got rid of Mesut and given that kind of contract to Aaron Ramsey and kept him – I could see the logic in that.

Rambo is an Arsenal man with over 10 years under his belt for the club.

When struggling for game time under Unai Emery, when he did play you could see what he offered – 110% work rate and was hugely influential in getting us to the Europa League final which he missed due to injury!

Mesut I feel has always been a player that needs to feel completely free and have 100% confidence in him to really perform.

He clearly doesn’t have that under Unai Emery.

This season be has played only 1 game in the Premier League and has been left out of the last 3 match day squads. You can see that something is not right.

Rumours that he doesn’t fully apply himself training; that he has a tendency to call in sick on a regular basis circulate.

Is Unai making an example of Mesut? He famously had a similar power struggle at PSG with Neymar which clearly was won by Neymar; but is history repeating itself with Mesut? Unai Emery seems very reluctant to give Mesut the chance to redeem himself.

Why would you sign Mesut? To create goal scoring opportunities for his teammates and chip in with goals – that’s his strengths and that’s what he has been better than anyone else at for over a decade.

You certainly don’t sign someone like Mesut to track back and tackle. But is this where football has changed? Defending starts from the front and no matter who you are; you work hard, you press. Liverpool the perfect example of defending from the front.

Body language has never been Ozil’s best friend. Even when he is covering more distance than any other player, putting a shift in, he still looks lethargic.

Ozil has perhaps found himself as the victim of Arsenal’s defensive frailties.

The side is so shaky at the back with not enough cover from midfield, Emery has had to sacrifice the playmaker who can coast defensively to bring in someone harder working like Dani Ceballos.

But Ozil is still the best playmaker at the club and with Pepe, Lacazette and Aubameyang up top; if given the chance I struggle to see how we wouldn’t be more prolific. Perhaps the best form of defence is attack?

He was recently again voted in as one of the 5 captains but more importantly this was voted for by the players – does this tell us something we don’t know?

After a rare recent interview with The Athletic; Mesut has reaffirmed his love for the club:

“I have a contract until the summer of 2021 and I will be staying until then. When I signed the new deal, I thought about it very carefully and said it was one of the most important decisions of my footballing career.

I didn’t want to stay for just one or two more years, I wanted to commit my future to Arsenal and the club wanted me to do the same. You can go through difficult times, like this, but that is no reason to run away and I’m not going to. I’m here until at least 2021.

I said that Arsene Wenger was a big factor in me joining Arsenal — and he was — but ultimately I signed for the club. Even when Arsene announced he was leaving, I wanted to stay because I love playing for Arsenal and that’s why I’ve been here for six years.

I’m proud to be an Arsenal player, a fan and I’m happy here. Whenever people see me in the street I always say, ‘This is my home’. I’m going nowhere.”

Ozil has always done the PR stuff well. It is why he is a huge brand in his own right.

In his interview he said all the right things. It then actions speak louder than words.

Mesut Ozil clearly loves London – he clearly feels at home and when he is on it he is one of the most enjoyable players to watch playing this beautiful game – but where does he go from here? He is 31 now and his contract runs out in the summer of 2021.

It is difficult to see both Mesut Ozil and Unai Emery still being at the club come the summer of 2021 – but will either of them be here? If so who do you think?

One thing is for sure –Mesut Ozil at his best he has been an absolute joy to watch in the famous red and white and for me I won’t forget his best bits!

“We’ve got Ozil, Messsssssut Ozil” “I just don’t think you understand” But is he Unai’s man?

Kind regards,


Match Report: Watford 2 – 2 Arsenal

Watford (0) 2 Arsenal (2) 2

Premier League

Vicarage Road, Watford, Herts WD18 0ER

Sunday, 15th September 2019. Kick-off time: 4.30pm

(4-2-3-1) Bernd Leno; Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, David Luiz, Sead Kolašinac; Granit Xhaka, Mattéo Guendouzi; Dani Ceballos, Mesut Özil, Nicolas Pépé; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Substitutes: Lucas Torreira, Calum Chambers, Reiss Nelson, Emiliano Martínez, Joe Willock, Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka.

Scorers: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (21, 32 mins)

Yellow Cards: Sead Kolašinac, Mattéo Guendouzi, Bernd Leno

Arsenal Possession Percentage: 47%

Referee:  Anthony Taylor

Attendance: 21,360

Ain’t nothin’ changed, then. Despite all the good things that we created at times in the first half of this troublesome match, we still had the ability to make a complete pigs’ ear of everything by the time the final whistle blew. For the first quarter of an hour, we struggled with containing the home side, and it looked as if we were chasing the game so early in the match; that was until Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang worked his particular kind of magic after 21 minutes. Sead Kolašinac moved forward, slotted the ball to Aubameyang, who wasted no time in turning and blasting it into the back of the net. Nine minutes later, the Gabon international did it again; the pass from Mesut Özil split the Watford defence asunder for Ainsley Maitland-Niles to run onto. He quickly advanced into the Watford penalty area, passed the ball into the middle for Aubameyang to score both Arsenal’s second (and his) to give us a (seemingly) unassailable lead. And that was it, for both the rest of the half, and although we were not to know it, the rest of the match as well.

Come the second half, say hello to the nightmare. Just eight minutes after the break, the first of many car crashes happened. Somehow, the defence lost their heads, and their common sense to boot. Bernd Leno passed the ball to Sokratis, who tried to find Mattéo Guendouzi; a quick thinking Gerard Deulofeu stuck his leg out and the loose ball found Tom Cleverley, who simply crashed it into the back of the Arsenal net. From now on, we capitulated like a Sunday morning pub side that was suffering from a Saturday night hangover.

The home side smelled blood, Time and time again they tore through us, and now our defensive frailties came to light. They were physical, their desire was greater, and despite Unai Emery making substitutions, it made no difference whatsoever, in fact it was worse. Ten minutes from time, Roberto Pereyra ran at David Luiz, who simply stuck a leg out to stop him, and in doing so conceded a penalty, in which the man he fouled also equalised the score. How on earth we managed to hang on for the rest of the game without conceding any more goals was nothing short of a miracle. Wave after wave of Watford attacks penetrated both our midfield and defence, and spurred on by the crowd they pressurised our goal. When the final whistle blew, a sense of relief overcame the Arsenal players, who can think themselves very lucky indeed that we didn’t lose this match, which by rights, we should have.

After the match, Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness said that our second half performance was akin to a “semi-professional team”, which to be fair, was about right, really. More worringly, Granit Xhaka said that we were “scared” in his post-match interview. Scared? Are you sure? What on earth is going on at this club these days? There are no leaders on the pitch, no-one with any idea what to do or how to organise a defence. The facts are that we have eight points from five games, and today we drew against the team that is currently bottom of the league. We were battered by Liverpool, rattled by Spurs, and today were fortunate not to come away from Vicarage Road with no points whatsoever. We allowed them to take 31 shots on our goal, with ten on target; with statistics such as these, it is fairly obvious that our defensive issues are going to cause us massive problems over the course of the season, unless something radical happens. And it has to be said: if lowly Watford do this to us, how much damage can Eintracht Frankfurt inflict on us come Thursday evening? Remember everyone, keep the faith, get behind the team and the manager, as this season is going to be crucial for our future success in all competitions. Stick with the winners. Our next match: Eintracht Frankfurt at Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, on Thursday, 19th September at 5.55pm (Europa Cup). Be there, if you can. Victoria Concordia Crescit.


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WeCareDoYou – A response to the transfer window

I would like to state that this is my personal response to the transfer window and that as one of those who arranged the orginal supporters groups/bloggers meeting and as one of those who was signatory on the orginal statement for WeCareDoYou I have full rights to express my views, but it is just that my view. I can not speak for all involved.

I have felt over the last day or so that I owe it to those who have followed me, backed me, exchanged views with me and advised me over the years that I say something from my persepctive right now, especially as so many of you got right behind the WeCareDoYou online campaign……

I’d  like to thank everyone who came to the first meeting, those who were then involved in getting a verbal agreement at the meeting and then after just over a month of compremises got the statement agreed which was put out.  It was a brilliant group effort, with many playing their part and there was no ego’s. I’d also like to thank everyone of the 105,000 people who signed the petition agreeing with its wording and backing it, you are the real stars of this. The response was staggering for all involved. It was the largest and most backed online football protest ever, not just from fans of The Arsenal but of any football club worldwide.

Did it have any baring on the transfer window ? who knows, Im certainly not so vain to claim any credit for it and no-one else should either. But it certainly shock the club so much Josh got woke up at 4am and was forced into an immediate direct response.

It was a 9 out 0f 10 transfer window for me, Raul played a blinder and is rightly getting full praise for shuffling the pack, getting in whats hopefully needed and shipping out some wage drains. Add to that getting money for the former captain who was on strike and no right minded Arsenal fan can have too many complaints about this summer, it was so much better than when Wenger/Ivan had control of the cheque book.

Of course those who earn a living from youtube hits will be slaging the transfer window off, how else can they earn a penny but from causing outrage. This is why none of them were invited to attend the orignal meeting or asked there views on how to go forwards as a unified supporters base.

From my perspective I was hoping the #WeCareDoYou would be so much more than just one transfer window, it was a big chance for the main supporters groups and bloggers to unite for the greater cause. Those who attended the orignal meeting hardly spoke about this transfer window and that was reflected in the statement. Yes everyone wanted the club to really kick in this summer, yes everyone was unhappy about Ramsey leaving for nothing, but it was far from the main topics of conversation on the night. It was never about simply spending money.

The orginal statement and petition carried a lot of points which were discussed at the meeting, to which eventually all involved did agree on –

Better player contract dealings – Which looks like its being resolved

KSE attending meetings and games – They failed to attend the last fan groups meeting

Club directors – No change in adding a younger and more diverse board

Safe Standing – Still no news on even planning a feasibilty study

Buying tickets online – Worse than last season already

Ticket prices – Dont hold your breath !

London Living wage – Still passing it off too the contractors

European Super League – Radio silence

No real statement of the clubs meduim term aims or direction.

So yeah, this is where we are. Personally whilst I feel this summer on paper has been a major step forwards on the playing side, KSE still have a lot to reply too still. We on SheWore will carry on engaging with former and current match going fans, engage with overseas fans and we will carry on the debate about the real issues. We will carry on questioning KSE

I hope the others join us.


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