In a summer that saw clubs splashing the cash on different players, Arsenal didn’t lag behind as they managed to bring in 4 players, 2 were free agents, 1 on-loan while another was the biggest signing of them all. The second most expensive player in Premier League history and Real Madrid’s record sale and most expensive German. All these have turned the search light in his direction and one man is visibly impressed and has labelled him the Premier League’s best signing of the summer.
“He’s been good and I think we’ll see more from him [especially after Tuesday night’s Champions League performance] but the best is yet to come. I think he’s a fantastic player and the best player to sign to the Premier League in summer and there was a lot of money being spent – he’s a genuine world-class player.”
Interesting words from Gary. It is worthy knowing that Gary Neville was a former Manchester United legend so he didn’t say that to placate Arsenal fans. He doesn’t need to. He was obviously talking from a professional position. Manchester United made an expensive signing of their own in Mourane Felliani but he hasn’t really pulled his weight there. He is yet to score and Manchester United have posted some embarrassing results (against Manchester City and West Brom) with him on the field. How about Samuel Eto’o. He arrived England with a history of been prolific in front of goal but still after 5 matches, he is still waiting to open his goal account for Chelsea.
Fernadinho was an expensive buy from Shaktar Doneskt but he has been unable to pull his weight. City have been leaking goals. They have conceded 3 goals apiece against minnows (Cardiff and Aston Villa). Lamela arrived with a good reputation from Roma but he is still struggling to make an impact.
Ozil on the other hand has adapted to live in the Premier League like fish to water. Despite arriving on deadline’s day and not having training sessions with his teammates as he had to jet out for international assignment, he shown in his first game for Arsenal, making a brilliant assist for Giroud. It could have been more assists to his name if not for Walcott’s wastefulness.
After just 5 games for Arsenal in all competitions, he has already racked up 5 assists (4 in the EPL) and 1 goal. Little wonder the unbiased Gary has labelled him the summer’s best signing.
I am not saying the other big money signings won’t hit their notes but the fact is that they are sleeping now and until they do, Ozil still remains the peak of the summer’s pack.