A lot has been made of Arsenal’s seemingly game changing last-minute purchase of Mesut Ozil last week, in which the notoriously frugal club smashed their transfer record with a £42.4m agreement with Real Madrid.
Few fans and betting pundits can argue with Ozil’s evident talent. He has more Champions League assists than anyone else over the past three seasons, ripped apart the England U21 side at Euro 2009 and did so again with the Germany first team at World Cup 2010.
The problem many fans of football betting have pointed out, however, is that Arsenal already have players in Ozil’s position. Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla are the central playmakers in that side, while Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are both capable of playing in front of the midfield. Meanwhile, Arsenal are crying out for a competent centre-half and someone to rival Olivier Giroud up front.
Was this €50m wasted then? Certainly not, for Arsenal have a major world talent in Ozil, and even if they’re adding the same ingredient to their side he is still a huge addition. In the immediate term, Ozil’s presence won’t just lift the team, but with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski and Mikel Arteta injured – plus Jack Wilshere carrying a knock – the German is required to play straight away.
He is good enough to find his feet in the Premier League and Sunderland, who Arsenal face after the international break, are a good opposition to gauge the physicality of this league.
So what does this mean for his fpl prospects? I’ll have an in depth analysis in the fresh blood finale next week, however game time will be no issue. He will certainly be Arsenals focal point in attack and everything should be built around him. His assisting ability is unmatched and his goal tallies are increasing year by year. Let’s not forget he’s only 24! If you’re stuck on the fence, I’d be making sure you fall on Ozil’s side. If you get caught behind it may be impossible to catch up!
In the longer run, Ozil’s presence shows Arsenal can attract top players and that could lead to more arriving at the Emirates this January or next summer. Boss Arsene Wenger is building a team from bottom to top and he’s just bought the cherry before the cake is ready – it is a gamble, but one that should pay off over the coming seasons. It could just pave the way for the Gunners to return to the top of English football. Either way, it’s great news for us fpl fans!
So what do you guys think of Arsenal’s marquee signing. Are you looking at picking him up? Unsure? Let us know in the comments! Thanks to Joe Short for this piece, he’s a freelance writer from the UK. We’ll be back this week, keep an eye out for new posts! FPL is almost back. Cheers.