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Where did it all go wrong for The Arsenal?

The moment Mesut Ozil replaced the struggling Danny Welbeck, everything seemed to just go wrong for Arsenal.

At the time we were 1-0 up, not overly on top, but also not in much danger. A brilliant run by Alex Iwobi saw him put Mesut Ozil clean through. One-on-one with the goal keeper, he tried to give Gomes the eyes and go the opposite way.

Gomes read Ozil like a book, and fall on the ball to his left, good chance gone. But at least we were still 1-0 up.

Gomes quickly released the ball, and before we had mentally recovered from the Ozil miss, Watford had a penalty.

Ozil carry’s the blame for not scoring, the referee has to carry the blame for giving Watford a penalty that never was.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND – MAY 13: Arsene Wenger the head coach / manager of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Arsenal at Bet365 Stadium on May 13, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

As Arsene Wenger said, it was a scandalous decision. One of those decisions that makes you pine for VAR’s to come in sooner rather than later.

1-1, Ozil had given Watford a lifeline with his miss, the referee had put them straight back into the game.

From that moment on, things went from bad to worse The Arsenal as Watford began to dominate.

Olivier Giroud came on for Alexandre Lacazette and Arsenal sat back, inviting pressure on from Watford.

On the 85th minute, Wenger looked to twist rather than stick. Jack Wilshere set to come on for Alex Iwobi. But just as Iwobi was coming to the touchline, Koscielny signalled that he can no longer carry on.

Wenger kiboshed the substitution with screams from the travelling fans of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ as Rob Holding quickly stripped down and came on for Laurent Koscielny.

Rather than make an attacking change, Wenger was forced into a defensive change. Could he have bought Wilshere on for Koscielny, gone 4 at the back?In hindsight, yes, because we lost the game. But hindsight makes football so easy.

What it meant is rather than being on the front foot for the last 10 minutes of the game, Arsenal were on the back foot, and inevitably Watford got the injury time winner.

Petr Cech made a brilliant double save, before Tom Cleverely put the ball in the net, whilst Granit Xhaka failed to track his man and was stood on the edge of the box, hands on hips. It reminded me of Denilson.

Everything seemed to go downhill when Mesut Ozil missed that chance.

I have said before, the league title this year will be decided between the two Manchester clubs. Chelsea lost to Crystal Palace to remain level on points with Arsenal, and Liverpool slipped to 8th with the bore-draw against Manchester United.

Watford’s win took them to 4th in the table. It shows Manchester City’s strength that they scored 6 at Vicarage Road, and another 7 yesterday against Stoke. 29 goals in 8 games, just 4 conceded. Scrap what I said earlier about it being between the two Manchester clubs, Manchester City just look like they have it all.

I guess that is what you expect when they spent £212,200,000 last summer and over half a billion pounds in the last 3 seasons.

Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea all look fairly average. Whilst Spurs won yesterday, they did just scrap through. All 4 will continue to lose points against sides they should beat.

The title is gone, despite us not even being 10 games in. Time to concentrate on the Europa League? The poor league campaign will soon be forgotten if we win a European trophy.

Onwards to Belgrade…


ps: Someone needs to swat that annoying Bumblebee


7 OUT for Arsenal’s trip to Watford

Arsenal could be without seven first team players for their trip to Watford in the Premier League this weekend following the international break

Prior to the final round of World Cup qualifiers, Arsenal were already without Laurent Koscielny, who had been sidelined for the Gunners over the past few weeks. The French centre back has seen a flair up of a long-term existing injury to his achilles. His chances of being fit for Saturday’s game were 50/50.

Koscielny may well be rushed back into the game with centre back partner Shkodran Mustafi having limped off in Germany’s 5-1 win over Azerbaijan on Sunday. The German international could miss the club’s next seven fixtures having suffered a torn ligament just 36 minutes into the game.

Another who did not travel with his country was Mesut Ozil has played just 17 minutes of Arsenal’s last 6 games as he recovers from a knee injury.

Two with a chance of returning are Francis Coquelin and Danny Welbeck.

Welbeck picked up a groin strain against Chelsea and hopes to be fit for the match, whilst Coquelin has been out since the Bournemouth fixture which took place on the 9th of September.

Calum Chambers on the other hand is not in contention for the clash. He is suffering a knee injury that will keep him out until the end of the month.

While Santi Cazorla will be out until the new year after suffering Achilles problems all the way back in October 2016.



Mesut Ozil vs The World

Further to this mornings article about Mesut Ozil, I thought I would run some figures.

A lot of people moan that Ozil does not do enough, and it got me thinking. In terms of goals and assists, how does Mesut Ozil compare to other Premier League number 10’s. So I did a little comparison with Ozil and players who perform a similar role to him (ie the likes of Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez were excluded as they are very different players).

I came up with a list of 9 players, including Ozil, that you would probably see as similar players. I am sure at this point some will criticise me, both for excluding certain players and including certain players. I do not really care. If you want to add any players, do your own research, and add the players stats in the figures.

My 9 Number 10’s are:

Cesc Fabregas
Cristian Erickson
David Silva
Dele Alli
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Juan Mata
Kevin de Bruyne
Mesut Ozil

I have used Premier League statistics at their current club only.

An argument about Ozil is that he does not score enough. He is 6th on the list, so it is a justifiable argument, but I do not hear people moaning that Cesc, Mkhitaryan or David Silva do not score enough. And he is not too much behind Kevin de Bruyne. Even Cristian Erickson, a player known for being a goal scoring midfielder, scores his goals exactly one game quicker than Ozil.

To put that into perspective, based on their ratios, Erickson would score 8 goals a season (if he played 38 games), whilst Ozil would score 7. Dele Alli’s games to goals is terrific.

Bit of a surprise that Ozil did not top this one, as he is known as an assist king. I was also surprised about how far ahead Kevin de Bruyne is from the rest.

Two of the 3 above Ozil for assists are below him for goals. In fact, bar Henrikh Mkhitaryan, there is a clear correlation on the list, the more goals you score, the less assists you make, and vice versa. Someone like Coutinho scores a lot, but does not provide too much. He always takes the shot. Whilst someone like Fabregas always makes the pass rather than the shot.

It is perhaps therefore import to combine the two. Goals and assists.

Kevin de Bruyne is clearly the most effective Number 10 around at the moment. He scores goals and gets assists. He is an awesome player. He cost £59.7million.

Thinking out loud here, de Bruyne is 25% more effective than Mesut Ozil when it comes to goals and assists, and he cost 25% more. You get for what you pay for I guess.

I was surprised to see the two Tottenham players, Erickson and Alli, 2nd and third on the list. Both players also cost a lot less than every other player on the list. Have to wonder how long they will stay at Spurs for, winning nothing.

4th on the list is Mesut Ozil. He averages a goal or an assist every 2 games.

Ozil is more effective than the likes of David Silva, Cesc Fabregas, Coutinho and Juan Mata. Often labelled as a waste of money, that he has been a £42.5m flop, what about these players?

Barcelona were willing to spend £100m on Coutinho, yet Ozil outperforms him. Where is the criticism for these players?

So before you get on your high horse and moan about what he delivers and his cost, understand that he performs better than a lot of players, who cost a similar amount. Everything is relative.

As a final thought, if I asked you, who would you prefer: Ozil, Cesc, Silva or Coutinho, I bet Ozil would come bottom, yet he out performs all of these. Time for a poll: