Friday, 13 September 2013

Focused and driven Ozil lights up training ground -Wenger's mojo returns?

Morning Gooners.

Really quick post today as real life committments are getting in the way.

The works are "focused" and "driven" - the first impressions our new signing Mesut Ozil is given at the training ground to the staff there, so say the Daily Mail.

It seems the light training session yesterday went down well, as did his meeting with journalists at a double headed press conference with Arsene Wenger. It appears journalists love our German signing as much as we do.

The manager admitted that because of the injury Tomas Rosicky sustained, Ozil will be in line to start at the Stadium of Light tomorrow.

Wenger said every other player returned from international duty available to play. That includes Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere who sustained knocks while on England duty.

Meanwhile the manager claims he is in "no hurry" to sign a new contract extension.

He told the media:
"We are in no hurry. We are in September and my contract finishes in June. There’s a long way to go. There’s no need to plan talks. 
"In the end I will sit down and think: ‘How well have I done with the team I have had?’ That has to be ­sufficient for me to decide yes or no."

He added:
"We had to go through some years, when I signed a long-term contract, where we had some restricted financial potential. 
"The target was to stay in the Champions League in this period and we managed to do that. We are now in a strong position financially. 
"The best thing is to spend the money in a very efficient way that means you strengthen the team and spend the money you can afford. I’m confident with Ozil we have done that."
I want the manager to be awarded a new deal. I don't think you kick out the most successful manager in the history of the club at a point where new funding streams are coming online which he can put to use adding world class players to his squad.

However I would suggest that the manager isn't judged on just what this squad does this season but also whether he has used all the available resources at his finger tips to ensure that Arsenal can compete for trophies this season.

At this stage having £50m+ in the bank while the squad is very light because of all the injuries we have doesn't look like sound judgement to me. But Wenger has pulled many a rabbit out of a hat in the past and in Ozil has a player who can help transform Arsenal and bring us on to the next level.

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