Mourinho Admits Blocking Ba’s Arsenal Move
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that it was him who blocked Demba Ba’s move to Arsenal because he believes the Gunners’ blockbuster acquisition of Mesut Ozil has transformed them from a top four side into genuine title challengers.
The 28-year-old Ba was all set to move across London on a season-long loan deal on Monday night, but the deal broke down after the Blues boss found out that Ozil – whom he regards as the ‘best number 10 in the world’ – has joined Arsenal.
Earlier today, Mourinho said: “Ozil is unique. There is no copy of him – not even a bad one. He is the best number 10 in the world. He makes things very easy for me and for his team-mates with his football vision and the decisions he makes. Everyone loves him and sees a bit of Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane in him. We didn’t accept Arsenal’s offer for Demba Ba because the signing of Ozil makes them title contenders.‘
The Special One’s change of heart came very late on the transfer deadline day, which meant that the Gunners had no time to sign some other striker as backup for Olivier Giroud.
Bendtner Not Bitter at Failing to Leave Arsenal
Nicklas Bendtner has assured Arsenal fans that he is not bitter at being made to stay and would give his all for the club this season.
The 25-year-old Dane has long been regarded as an outcast at the Emirates Stadium and was on the verge of sealing his exit several times this summer. He was all set to join Crystal Palace on the transfer deadline day, but the Gunners blocked the move due to their failure to land Chelsea’s Demba Ba. He will now stay put at least until January, but instead of being unhappy, he has vowed to contribute his part for the club’s success.
In a statement last night, he wrote: “The truth is I just want to play football which is when I’m happiest and Arsenal is a fantastic environment for any professional to apply their trade. I want to assure all Arsenal fans that I will give everything I have to contribute to what I believe will be a successful season for the club.”
Ozil Felt Marginalised at Real Madrid
New Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil says he decided to quit Real Madrid because he is the kind of player that needs faith to operate at his best and Carlo Ancelotti didn’t have any in him.
Hinting that he also feared the arrival of Gareth Bale would minimise his role at the club, Ozil told dfb.de: “At the weekend, I was certain that I would stay at Real Madrid. But afterwards I realised that I did not have the faith from the coach or the bosses. I am a player who needs this faith and that is what I have felt from Arsenal, which is why I have joined. I am really looking forward to it because I have the faith of the coach. I had spoken to him at length on the telephone, he explained his plans and that he has faith in me – that is what I need as a player.
“I am looking forward to the new challenge there (Arsenal). I have already heard that they have super fans, the city is great and the team is fantastic. Wenger gives me the faith and I can develop further. I know what I can do and I know that I could make the grade with any club in the world because I am so convinced in myself. But if I don’t feel people have faith in me, then that is why I had to leave and at Arsenal, I feel I have this fully. I am sure the new coach is going to develop me further and I am also really looking forward to playing in the Premier League.”
Levy Tried to Get Ozil Sale Blocked
Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy purportedly tried to block Arsenal’s transfer deadline day purchase of Mesut Ozil, according to new reports emerging from Spain.
Spurs have some sort of partnership with Real Madrid stemming from the Luka Modric sale of 2012, and El Confidencial claim that Levy unsuccessfully used those links to try and block Ozil’s sale to the Gunners. He phoned Real chief Florentino Perez to put forward his demand, but fortunately for Arsenal, the deal had already gone through by then.
This was the second time that Levy had tried to create hurdles in the transfer market for Arsenal. Ahead of last weekend’s North London Derby, the Gunners were close to landing an unnamed Real Madrid player, but Levy’s interference foiled that move. Sky Sports had run that news.
Gunners ‘Ready to Step Up’ – Walcott
Theo Walcott feels that Arsenal’s record purchase of Real Madrid playmaker was a statement of intent by the club, and they are now ‘ready to step up’ and become genuine title challengers.
Earlier today, he told reporters: “It definitely shows a statement that we are ready to step up. We had a disappointing start to the season, but we have bounced back and it is looking fantastic now. With the likes of Ozil joining the club, it is only going to boost everyone.”
Yesterday, he had said: “I played against him for the U21s when we lost 4-0 and he showed his qualities then and he has shown them for many years for club and country. He is a great addition and I am personally looking forward to playing with him.”