Thursday, 12 September 2013


Thursday the 12th of September began like every normal Thursday but definitely not for Arsenal fans who witness the unveiling of their record signing Mesut Ozil, it marked the beginning of a new era for the club, that has endured a lot of mockery from fans of rival teams and also their fans because of their inability to secure a big name signing at the club since the departure of Cecs Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin Van persie.
The transfer deadline signing of the German international nicknamed the Raven or in Spanish, "El Cuervo" playing on his smart and opportunistic style of play has raised a lot of questions among soccer pundits among which of them is "Can Ozil restore Arsenal to their glory days"?.

Ozil who made his champions league debut in 2010 for Real Madrid, and recorded a total of 25 assists, the highest for any player in any major European competition that season.

Ozil's fine form with Real Madrid and the German national team saw him earn a nomination for UEFA Best player in Europe Award, in which he finished 10th being the youngest in Top 10, and also shortlisted for the 2011-2012 FIFA Ballon d'or award.
The German international experience on the highest stage of world football can not be questioned, he was a member of the La liga winning side with Real Madrid two seasons ago, and also a member of the Spanish super cup winning team the next season.
He defence splitting passes was responsible for the heavy defeat Germany handed to England at the 2010 Fifa World cup, making him one of the most outstanding player of that competition.
The transfer of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid to Arsenal is one which have taken many by surprise and has also left many wondering how this could have happened, especially when everyone thought he was beginning to reach his full potential at Real Madrid.
Many Real Madrid players were dissatisfied with this transfer, namely Ronaldo who said" He was the player who knew my moves in front of goal.... I am angry about Ozil leaving".
While the white half of Madrid are in anguish because of this transfer, the red side of London are in a frenzy and in a near state of obsession with their new man, with every poster in and around the Emirate stadium portraying the image of the midfield genius.
With the off field celebration aside, one important question is yet to be answered, What new thing will the signing of Ozil bring to this Arsenal side who have gone eight seasons without a trophy?
Taking our mind back to some weeks back before that incredible transfer deadline, many Arsenal fans lamented that the current crop of players in the team are good enough but if only they could purchase a defender and a striker then they can put up a fight for a trophy this season, and so the hunt began with Arsenal being linked with star strikers such as Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain. After so many twist and turns they ended up not getting any of them. As if that wasn't enough injury began to strike at the gunners defence with Varmelan out making Sagna to stand in as a center back for the team.
After a nice pre season tour in Asia, Arsenal fans were once again faced with their problem when Dider Drogba exposed the weakness of the Arsenal defence during one of the Emirate cup games, as the Ivorian bagged in two goals coming on as a second half substitute. To make matter worst Arsenal began the season with a 3 - 1 home defeat at the hand of Aston Villa.
Though Arsenal began their journey to recovery in a very fantastic manner, qualifying for the UEFA champions league group stage and defeating their city rivals Tottenham, many fans were still left with something to ponder about.
But the signing of Mesut Ozil has suddenly erased the dust of doubt among the Arsenal faithful and has raised their hope of winning a title this season something the midfielder himself affirmed. Ozil is confident they have the quality to be title contenders.
Asked if Arsenal can challenge for the title, he said: "Of course, definitely. I know the team and the talent we have here. Every player wants to be successful and Arsenal are one of the biggest clubs in the world.
"We definitely want to achieve something with this team - that is what we work for. Of course it will be very difficult because the league is the strongest in the world. But we will give everything to achieve success.
"We want to play attractive football to improve but of course also successful football. I can't promise to win trophies but I can promise as a team we can give our all to win trophies."
With Ozil due to make his debut on Saturday, the question will continue to linger in the air if "Mesut Ozil alone can save Arsenal"?

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