Some rather humorous reports in the papers have linked Arsenal’s playmaker, Mesut Ozil, with a potential move to one of our biggest rivals.
Apparently, Manchester City have developed a strong liking for taking players from us, having taken at least 5 over the past five seasons. Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure moved just before City’s title-winning season of 2012, the Togolese infamously celebrating before the travelling Arsenal fans. Roberto Mancini won the League with Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy, while Bacary Sagna is the most recent to have moved to the Etihad from the Emirates, this time via a Bosman.
So Pellegrini is looking to add another to that infamous list and he’s gone for the most creative man in the team. Ozil has not been spared tirades of criticism since his £42.5m deadline day blockbuster move to Arsenal from Real Madrid, a move which left our rivals in lustful envy. The mercurial German, after a blistering start to his Arsenal career last season, seemed to have cooled off, especially after the missed penalty at home to Bayern. His current injury situation has raised questions over his future with the club, with some quarters suggesting the midfielder has become disillusioned with Wenger’s persistently playing him out of his natural Number 10 habitat. Bayern Munich was rejected in the summer, and he has himself affirmed his affinity with the Gunners, with the famous ‘MiaSanArsenal’ tweet earlier this month.
So what’s with the Ozil to replace Yaya Toure piece making the rounds?
Yaya Toure has recieved his own fair share of criticism over the past year for his rows with the club, birthdaygate and all. The Ivorien powerhouse was instrumental to all of City’s successes over the past five seasons, beginning with the FA Cup in 2011, right through their two league titles. Wenger missed out on signing Yaya in 2003, even after he had turned out in an Arsenal shirt aganist Barnet. The 31 year old has gone on to prove himself as one of the best midfielders in the world, and he has declared his commitment to City in spite of all the stick he’s got.
So how does replacing one under-fire player with another under-fire player help Manuel Pellegrini’s cause this season? Ozil and Toure are two different kinds of players to begin with, and to say that one is a major in his own right is to state the obvious. While Toure presents a presence in the midfield, Ozil supplies the oil for the smooth running of the team engine. Wenger has been somewhat responsible for Ozil not been currently comparable to Yaya with a refusal to get the team to play around Ozil, but there is no doubt the World Cup star will fail to excel if he made the move to Manchester.
But then, we know Ozil’s going nowhere. You may have missed his ecstatic twitter reaction to Podolski’s equaliser yesterday but maybe City wanted to see if he’d coin a MiaSanArsenal-esque one for them as a teaser.
City will certainly be imperious with the likes of Silva and Ozil in one team, but as a replacement for Yaya?
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