What a summer this has been for Arsenal fans! Finishing above Spurs on the final day, securing the top 4 spot for 16th consecutive season, followed by agonizing two months when we only got to see Sanogo and Flamini join on free transfers and the horrible loss to Aston Villa at home. But just when the fans were starting to lose hope, Wenger pulled of one of the biggest transfers in English football- Mesut Ozil!!
Now, even though we missed out on some of our top summer targets (Higuain, Gustavo, Ba etc.) the signing of Ozil is a big statement of intent and big names are likely to join in the coming transfer window. Said that, lets have a look at how the latest recruits have performed so far—
1) Mesut Ozil
Brilliant, Dynamic, Young and yes, German. There’s no doubt that Ozil is THE signing of the summer. He already has an assist to his name in the only match he played for the gunners in the premier league and judging by the support he’s got from the squad and the fans, things can only go uphill. Having 90% accuracy in the 79 passes he made in his 1st game, added with the assists and attacking third passes he made, it doesn’t look like he will need a lot of time to adapt to the style of play in the EPL. He is only 24 and already has the highest number of assists in all of Europe from 5 previous seasons. Under the mentorship of Arsene Wenger, he can only grow!
2) Mathieu Flamini
29 years old and a free transfer, Some Arsenal fans think he was a panic buy. I disagree. He is just the player we need on the bench when our first team players return from their injuries. He has already proved himself after playing in the DM role in the absence of Arteta and Diaby. He is a utility player (CM, DM, RM, RB) and we need him so that Ramsey (who was used as a utility player last season) can have his freedom in a central role. So overall, he is a good signing for Arsenal.
3) Yaya Sanogo
The 20 year old free transfer from Auxerre showed promise when he started for Arsenal against Galatasaray in the Emirates cup. He also impressed during the u21 UEFA tournament. However, he has only played 9 odd minutes in the premier league and we are yet to see what he is capable of.
Finally, I would like to say that even if we missed out on some big names in the summer, it may not be as bad as we think. For example, Gustavo has already been sent off twice in the Bundesliga! (only 4 gameweeks in!). Do we need a player like him? No thanks. Now all we need is for all of our injured players to recover as soon as possible. We could also do with a good back-up striker for Giroud. Lets hope Wenger has another surprise planned for us in the January transfer window!