25
Jan

Arsene Wenger plays coy with media over Julian Draxler speculation

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice?

Last summer, Arsene Wenger stunned us all by breaking the bank for Mesut Ozil on transfer deadline day, after weeks of steadfastly denying that any deals were even in the works.

So we probably shouldn’t take Wenger at his word this time around. After Friday’s FA Cup win over Coventry City, the Gunners boss said there is “nothing at all” to report on Arsenal’s hotly rumored negotiations with Schalke regarding German international Julian Draxler.

Yeah, sure thing, Arsene. We “believe” you.

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Come on, that’s as guilty a look as we’ve ever seen.

Draxler might indeed not come to Arsenal in this window, though the German starlet reportedly is very eager to do so. Schalke wouldn’t do themselves any favors by selling their best player while fighting for a Champions League spot next season, although they did the same with Lewis Holtby a year ago. At the very least, however, there must be something going on between the two clubs.

In fact, we’ve already seen reports that a fee has already been agreed upon for the 20-year-old, rumored to be between $50 to $60 million.

14
Sep

Ozil’s Arsenal debut went pretty well

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When the signing of Mesut Ozil was finally announced on transfer deadline day, nobody should have been more excited than Olivier Giroud. The French striker must have been doing cartwheels in his underwear when he heard Cristiano Ronaldo’s personal assist master would henceforth supply him with goals practically served on a silver platter.

It didn’t take long, either.

Ozil needed just ten minutes in his Gunners debut to prove he is well worth the club record fee of $66 million. Check out this classy first touch and perfectly-weighted ball played to Giroud, who just needed to slot home to hand Ozil his first Premier League assist:

This should be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Arsenal won the match 3-1, but did get a late scare when Giroud went down in a heap with what looked like a non-contact knee injury. Should the prolific Frenchman — who has started the season with 4 goals in 4 EPL games — miss a few matches, Arsenal would be down to just three strikers: Yaya Sanogo, academy product Chuba Akbom and, gulp, Nicklas Bendtner.

That’s… not desirable, but in any case, Ozil’s debut should give Gunners fans plenty of confidence for the season.