Ozil Deal ‘the Best Bargain’ Even At £42.5m – Petit
Emmanuel Petit believes Arsenal FC’s summer signing Mesut Ozil was a bargain even at £42.5million, and he has tipped the German to lead the club to great success this season.
Ozil, 24, swapped Santiago Bernabeu for the Emirates Stadium on the transfer deadline day and took no time in turning into an instant hit at his new club. His arrival revitalised the Gunners and raised the performance level of several of their players such as Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Bacary Sagna. As a result, they currently top the Premier League standings with 16 points from just seven games.
While it is still pretty early in the season, Petit feels something has changed at his former club, and they are now destined to end their eight-year-long trophy drought.
The Sunday Mirror have quoted the Frenchman as saying: “There was a lot of pessimism around Arsenal at the start when they were beaten by Aston Villa in their first match, but they have recovered well since then and Ozil has been magnificent. He cost a lot of money but was the best bargain in the window.
“The arrival of Ozil is a positive sign for the fans. It looks now as though the club are bringing in the top players rather than selling them. With Aaron Ramsey looking back at his best after a bad injury, the signs are good. This could well be the season when they win a major trophy after a long wait. The young guns at the club will look up to the likes of Ozil and get confidence from being alongside him.”
“They still have to face Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United. They will be big tests. and there is now the international break. It can sometimes be difficult to keep the same momentum you had before the break. But I have to say that so far they have been tremendous and playing some excellent football – football that is great to watch and some of the best in Europe.”
Pires Tips Gunners to End Trophy Drought
Robert Pires also feels that his former club Arsenal are now genuine contenders for at least the Barclays Premier League title.
The 39-year-old former Gunner, who is training at Emirates Stadium these days for fitness, is of the opinion that the club’s squad has finally matured now, and with the addition of Mesut Ozil, they can end their trophy drought.
In an interview with Daily Star Sunday, Pires said: “It’s now possible for Arsenal to win as the young players have grown up and have more experience. They also have a good mix for Wenger. If you put Ozil in the middle, I think it’s a very good mix for Arsenal.
“Seriously, I think Arsenal have got the potential to win the Premier League. But the Champions League, I don’t know. The most important thing is to focus on the league because it is very important for the club and for the fans.”
Guzan Flattered But Not Interested in Arsenal Move
Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has distanced himself from reports linking him with a move to Arsenal FC and revealed that he is happy at the Midlands club. (The Express)
Rumour has it that the 29-year-old American stopper is on the radar of coach Arsene Wenger, who could lodge a bid for him in January. However, it seems that would be a waste of fax paper as the player in question is not interested in changing clubs due to the fact that he signed a new four-year deal at Villa Park just a few months ago.
In an impressive show of loyalty, Guzan said: “Aston Villa, they’ve stuck by me, especially the manager. He’s given me a chance to play consistent football in Europe. It’s always nice when you’re linked with other teams, but for me, I’m very happy at Aston Villa.”
Trying to give his choice a positive spin, he then added: “It’s [Villa] a club that I think is definitely on the rise, and it’s something I want to be a part of.”
Wenger to Rekindle Interest in Pastore
Arsenal FC are purportedly set to rekindle their interest in Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Javier Pastore after apparently failing to land him on the deadline day of the summer transfer window. (The Daily Star)
The Gunner tried to sign the Argentina international on the same day they bought Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, but their offer wasn’t successful. With coach Arsene Wenger still having a lot of money left in his transfer war chest, he would tempt PSG with another offer when the transfer window opens up in January next year.
However, he would have to fend off competition from Liverpool and Fenerbahce, who are both also tracking Pastore’s situation in Paris.
Benzema Available for £20m in January?
Real Madrid’s out-of-form striker Karim Benzema could be available for almost half his market value in the January transfer window, according to a report published by the Evening Standard.
The paper claim that Los Blancos manager Carlo Ancelotti is fed up with Benzema, who has scored just twice so far this season. The free spending Spaniards are planning to replace the misfiring Frenchman with Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and want to at least partially finance the Uruguayan’s £40million move through the sale proceeds of Benzema.
They are reportedly seeking just £20m for a player they bought for £30m from Olympique Lyonnais in 2009, and who at 25, still has his best years ahead of him. Arsene Wenger was keen to acquire Benzema in the summer transfer window but the player wasn’t interested at that time. However, since then, Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud has hit the goal trail while Benzema’s stock has plummeted. This is why it is unclear whether the Gunners boss would still be interested in bringing him to the Emirates Stadium.
Valdes Has Monaco’s Money On His Mind
Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has dropped a major hint about his club future by revealing that he would love to team up with his former teammate Eric Abidal at AS Monaco. (Metro)
Arsenal FC are one of the several top European clubs hoping to sign the 31-year-old shotstopper on a free transfer when his deal with the Catalan club expires at the end of the season. However, it seems they would be disappointed in their pursuit as the Spaniard’s latest interview suggests he is dreaming of a big pay day at the Principality club.
Valdes said: “Ligue 1 attracts me a lot – Monaco or elsewhere in France. My future’ is in the hands of my representatives. But Monaco is a good option. I know that Abidal is very happy at Monaco and I am good friends with him. I consider him a brother. He is an example as a human being. To go back and play at his side again could be very special.”