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It finally happened. Arsenal has completed the signing of one of the most creative and consistent players in the world. And the club, in customary fashion, left it till deadline day to announce his capture.
And you wouldn’t blame the Arsenal faithful for expressing their delight in this new recruit. The imaginative thought of a player of the caliber of Özil playing in the Arsenal team is simply mouth-watering. Arsene Wenger and his transfer gang have been noticed to recruit raw talents, future prospect and maybe future deadwoods during the summer transfer.
So understandably, Arsenal forking out that huge amount of money for a top-player like him is bound to uproot surprises and happiness amongst the fans.
Furthermore, the prospect of Özil and Cazorla forming that midfield bond for Arsenal is quite exciting. Over the years, the burden of that creative spark in the gunner’s team has been heavily relied on Santi Cazorla. But now, with Özil in the pack, that creativity for the final third would be shared amongst the pair rationally. Not also forgetting support from the likes of Jack Wilshere and Czech Republic international Tomas Rosicky.
Before and during the summer transfer, the manager invariably stressed his desire to bring in top players to the squad, and I would admit I totally doubted the gaffer. Having a player like Özil in your team not only changes the way other team choose to play against Arsenal, but also attracts other world class players to the club.
In the 2009/2010 season, the player started 49 times for both club and country, and in that same season, racked up 11 goals and 20 assists. Next season was even fruitful for the German international- appearing 60 times for both club and country, and scoring 12 goals and compiling an incredible 31 assists.
Last season was even better, as he scored 16 goals and assisted 35 times. And according to @orbinho, his consistent league assists in the last 5 seasons is more than any other player in the top five leagues in Europe. Incredible!
The player himself knows working with a manager like Arsene Wenger will certainly improve his vast range of talents and specialties.
He said, “I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the premier league. It will be great for my own personal development as a player and I am particularly looking forward to working with Arsene Wenger.”
He’s spot on. I ostensibly believe moving to a team like Manchester United and working under David Moyes might dampen the player’s progress especially with the midfield options present in the united team, and not also forgetting the managerial advantage and prestige that Arsene has over Moyes.
Arsene is clearly more experienced and simply the bedrock for players who want to improve on their specialties. Right then, on paper he improves Arsenal on every corner in the attacking department and it would be fantastic to see what he does on the pitch in a new league.
Simply a legendary signing for Arsenal!
Written by Femi Hilekaan
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