That has to be one of the worst weekends in the year. Absolutely no football worth watching at all. I caught the Germany game on Friday night, mainly to watch our new signing Mesut Ozil. He had a good game if not an unspectacular one. He didn't put a foot wrong - as his 99% pass accuracy rate confirmed - but didn't get out of second year it seemed. He's got plenty more to offer than that game suggested.
I'm still not over the signing of our latest German yet. I'm still in disbelief. I think that might only pass when I see him wearing an Arsenal shirt on the pitch for the first time. There are just five days to go until he's likely to make his debut. He'll fit seamlessly into this team but I do wonder whether the manager will start him from the bench against Sunderland.
Ozil will join up with his new team mates for full training on Thursday and will then train again on Friday before the team leave for the north east later in the afternoon. It's little preparation time but Ozil is a world class player and arguably won't need to much of an adaptation period.
I wouldn't be surprised if the manager kept pretty much with the starting 11 which played in the north London derby, with the only change being Bacary Sagna in for Carl Jenkinson. If Ozil did start the player who looks set to miss out would be Tomas Rosicky.
We've got a pretty busy schedule of games coming up. After our match at Sunderland we're in Champions League action against Marseille. Then four days later we're home to Stoke, followed by a midweek trip to the Hawthorns to play West Brom. The month ends with a Saturday evening kick off in Wales against Swansea. We're playing every four days until the next international break in October.
Little chance of an adaption period for our German new boy, but I'm sure he'll cope like a duck to water. I'm certainly looking forward to see him grace the pitches of the Premier League for us.