Why Arsenal must hold onto Mesut Ozil at all costs
Over the past few years, whenever Arsenal struggled under Arsene Wenger, no other player received more criticism than Mesut Ozil. The German has always been a scapegoat for everything bad happening at the club. But Wenger, before leaving this summer, tied Ozil down to a long-term contract with Arsenal.
When new boss Unai Emery took charge, there were hopes of witnessing the old Ozil’s return. But the season started in the same fashion as the previous one had finished. Arsenal lost their two opening matches to Manchester City and Chelsea. And despite being on the pitch on both occasions, Ozil was nowhere to be found.
The allegations of him being invisible in big games and not working hard enough have seemingly resurfaced. Ozil is, without a shadow of a doubt, the biggest player to wear an Arsenal shirt since Robin Van Persie left for Manchester United in 2012. But a string of poor performances has left Arsenal fans desiring more.
In fact, a recent report from Daily Express has also linked Ozil with a sensational move to Old Trafford. But Emery must do everything in his power to keep the German at the Emirates.
When he arrived on English shores for a fee of £42.4m in 2013, he had a reputation for being an assist-king. In fact, the German scored 19 goals and assisted a staggering 46 more in the La Liga in just three years. He didn’t disappoint at Arsenal as he assisted his first goal 11 minutes into his debut.
He scored 5 goals and assisted 9 more in his first season. He was injured for most of the second season but his third term was when he announced himself to the English supporters. He scored 8 goals and assisted 19. He seemed like an unstoppable force who could take Arsenal to the next level, both domestically and in Europe. Arsenal finished second in the league that season, their highest position since 2008.
But since then, he has been unable to reach those extraordinary heights again. His assists also have dried up. In the past two seasons, he could only muster 17 assists in the Premier League. But all of Arsenal’s downfall is not his fault.
He is often used on wide positions, where he is not as effective as he is when playing right behind the striker. Also, Arsenal have lacked a world-class striker since the days of Van Persie and have also struggled badly with their defence.
Even in the underwhelming 2016/17 and 2017/18 campaigns, Ozil managed to make 184 key passes but the lack of quality finishers hurt Arsenal chances.
But now that Arsenal have got two great strikers in the form of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, it goes without saying that they have the ability to finish off the big chances Ozil creates. In the past two wins, against the likes of Cardiff City and Newcastle United, Ozil controlled the pace of the game and orchestrated almost every Arsenal attack. He capped off a great day at St. James’ Park by scoring the second Arsenal goal which proved to be the winner.
The Europa League and the League Cup are around the corner and Emery will need his big players to step up and lead the team ahead. With the support of the manager and the fans, there is no reason to believe why Ozil can’t kickstart his season and help Arsenal finish in the top-four again.
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Andre Dozzell scout report – The next big thing in England?
According to The Mirror, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have revived their interest in Ipswich Town sensation Andre Dozzell. The 19-year-old recently made his comeback following a 13-month absence from the game due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
The English U19 international was being tracked by a number of top-flight clubs but talks over a potential move to the Premier League were silenced by the long-term injury. However, his return should be enough to evoke interest among the scouts.
As the north London rivals go head-to-head in their efforts to land the youngster, let us get a deeper insight into one of the most promising prospects in the Championship – Ipswich wonder kid Andre Dozzell.
Son of former Spurs star Jason Dozzell, Andre started training with the Ipswich Town academy as a kid. He caught the eye with some impressive performances in Ipswich’s youth system and received the club’s Academy Player of the Year Award in 2016.
Following his impressive performances for the development team, Dozzell made his senior debut for Ipswich at the age of 16 and matched his father’s record of scoring on his senior debut.
He made a total of 9 appearances across all competitions in the 2016/17 season but his progress was halted as he ruptured his cruciate ligament in the opening game of the 2017/18 season.
Dozzell has played for England at every youth level and has captained the U17 side. He was also a member of the squad for the UEFA U19 European Championship in 2017, despite being below the age group.
Style of Play
Primarily a central midfielder by trade, Dozzell is capable of playing in an advanced role as a central attacking midfielder. A quick, agile and sharp player, Dozzell has the ability to make brisk turns in the midfield to buy himself some extra time and space.
However, he is mostly renowned for his wonderful range of passing which allows him to switch the play effectively and find his teammates up front with long incisive passes. He is more than capable of playing an attacking role as he often makes short and quick one-twos near the box and uses his incredible vision to unleash a killer pass.
Furthermore, he is great with his movement off the ball, making him a difficult player to mark.
What does the future hold?
Dozzell has already made a name for himself in the Championship and he will get better with more exposure. Now that he is back from his injury, he must work towards regaining his rhythm. That said, the manager must ease him back into action as his progress could be plagued by a recurrence of the injury.
With the kind of promise he has shown for Ipswich and England, it will not be a matter of surprise if we see him in a top-flight club soon. Be it Tottenham or Arsenal, Dozzell could work wonders in both sides of north London.
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Why Everton should not hesitate to sign Danny Welbeck
According to The Mirror, Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has emerged as a transfer target for Everton. The Toffees were interested in the English international in the summer but a move to Goodison Park never materialized. (h/t Mirror)
The 27-year-old is currently in the last year of his contract which is set to expire next summer and the Gunners haven’t held talks over a new contract. (h/t Mirror)
As things stand, Welbeck will be free to enter negotiations with other clubs over a pre-contract agreement when the transfer window opens in January.
A product of the Manchester United youth system, Welbeck made his senior debut in 2008 but found it difficult to get regular minutes due to stiff competition for places at Old Trafford and spent a couple of fruitful loan stints at Preston North End and Sunderland.
However, he played a more significant role for the Red Devils in the latter half of his stay at the club and moved to Arsenal in 2014. Since then, the 27-year-old has made a total of 121 appearances for the Gunners across all competitions, finding the back of the net on 31 occasions.
That is definitely not a bad scoring record since he hasn’t been one of the first names on the teamsheet. Furthermore, he has an enviable scoring record for England, having scored 16 goals in 42 games since his debut in 2011.
And he seems to have made a habit of getting his name on the scoresheet this season under Unai Emery, having scored 4 goals across all competitions. He was also handed his first start in the Premier this season in Arsenal’s 5-1 win over Fulham.
Everton made the headlines with mega-money deals for Yerry Mina and Richarlison in the summer. While the former is yet to make his debut, the Brazilian has been a key figure in the final third for the Toffees. However, Marco Silva should be concerned by Cenk Tosun’s lacklustre form, who has scored only once in eight games.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored a brace in the Carabao Cup against Rotherham and followed it up with the equalizer against Huddersfield Town in the Premier League but he is still young and inexperienced.
Hence, Everton need an experienced customer in front of the goal and Danny Welbeck is the perfect option. Everton have enjoyed considerable success with Theo Walcott and they should not hesitate to go forward with a move for Welbeck as well.
The 27-year-old English international is primarily a striker by trade by can also play as a winger on either side of the pitch. He can also be deployed as a supporting striker to link up the play in the final third.
Welbeck’s technical abilities might not be of the highest level but he is an expert when it comes to scoring goals. When deployed on the flanks, he has the tendency to cut inside with his pace and dribbling skills and can combine with his teammates effectively.
He is not afraid to have a crack at goal and can get on the end of crosses and through balls. Furthermore, the former Manchester United man is also adept at setting up goals with his vision and awareness.
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Everton have a lot of attacking talent in their ranks but they haven’t been able to deliver the goods consistently. Welbeck might not be the most consistent player but he can be quite resourceful with his ability to rack up goals and assists.
That said, Everton should take advantage of the situation and lure Welbeck to Goodison Park either in January or next summer.
5 goals and 10 assists – Signing this talented 21-year-old could inject greater firepower to Arsenal’s squad
Arsenal should consider making a move for Matias Vargas
Matias Vargas has expressed his interest in joining Arsenal when the time comes to leave Velez Sarsfield, claims the Mirror. The 21-year-old has made a name for himself in the Argentine Primera Division with his impressive performances in the recent past.
A youth product of Velez Sarsfield, Vargas made his senior debut in 2016 but established himself as a regular starter only in the last campaign where he chipped in with 5 goals and 10 assists. He has carried on from where he left in the previous season and has already scored a couple of goals in the current campaign.
Although Arsenal haven’t expressed any official interest in signing the player, his eye-catching performances make him seem like a tantalizing prospect indeed.
As a matter of fact, the Gunners should take this as a serious opportunity to scout Vargas as they need a versatile left-winger who can deliver the goods on a consistent basis.
Unai Emery’s men are enjoying a purple patch at the moment as the Gunners registered their sixth consecutive win in the Premier League and ninth across all competitions with an emphatic 5-1 win over Fulham last weekend.
Arsenal have the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Iwobi to fill the role of a left-winger. However, a player like Aubameyang is likely to do a better job in front of the goal. Emery should be looking to make use of his pedigree as a striker and deploy him as the No.9. However, it’s easier said than done because Alexandre Lacazette has also been in a good scoring form of late.
To be honest, Matias Vargas, in many ways, does resemble Eden Hazard. Starting from his looks to his playing style, there seems to be a lot of resemblances between him and the Belgian maestro. In fact, he had an impressive record last season, quite comparable to Hazard.
The 21-year-old has cut into Argentina’s national team and made his debut last month in his nation’s 3-0 victory over Guatemala.
A strong, quick and agile player characterized by exceptional technical abilities and incredible vision, Vargas is renowned for his ability to inject life into the game with his pace, flair and athleticism.
Primarily a left-winger by trade, Vargas’s influence in the attacking third is never confined to the left flank and he often plays as a free-roaming attacking midfielder. The 21-year-old has the confidence to initiate attacks with his individual brilliance.
He has established himself as his team’s talisman in the final third and is always amongst the scheme of things. A tactically versatile attacking midfielder, he can slot into any role in the final third. At times, he has also been deployed as a supporting striker.
Vargas’s low centre of gravity combined with his superior technical game allows him to receive the ball with elegance and keep close control in tight areas, just like Hazard. His presence of mind and vision allows him to pick out the runs of his teammates with incisive passes, often with elegant chips, one-twos and back-heels.
With the impending exit of Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck from the Emirates (h/t The Week), Arsenal must bolster their attacking options to maintain adequate depth in their squad. Furthermore, they should be tempted to bring in reinforcements as Mesut Ozil has found it difficult to cope with Emery’s style of play.
Going by the kind of brilliance that Vargas has shown in recent times, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for Arsenal to sign him. At the age of 21, he is still in the developmental phase of his career and is unlikely to cost a fortune.
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