Well what a week
it has been, possibly one of the biggest weeks in our recent history. You don’t
need me to recap, unless you’ve been on the moon.
written as much as there is to say on Mesut Ozil on my own personal blog, which
you can find by clicking here. I want to focus on the here and now of the
signing. I’ve quoted Gary Neville on several occasions with his line:
are never as bad as they seem and they are never as good as they appear.”
after we lost to Aston Villa, I found it very hard to believe that things
weren’t as bad as they seemed at the time. I was furious and bemused by our
lack of activity and even in hindsight I feel rightly so. However, the reaction
has been first class. Initially it was put down to poor opposition but then the
“How not to spend £100m” brigade came to town. I had this to
say last week:
couldn’t cope with Jack and Santi in tandem last season and
they’ve never dealt well with Theo’s inside forward play”
surprise that Theo Walcott sets up Olivier Giroud, as their defence was all
over the shop, not at all.
haven’t paid any attention to Sp*rs league form to date, all I know is they
have six points and haven’t scored from open play so far this season. A run I
hope will continue beyond Sunday.”
that has continued, I thought it was comment that would come home to bite me on
the arse but prior to writing I heard that their front three would consist on Nacer
Chaldi – Roberto Soldado – Andros Townsend. I mean come on people, how bad is
beat a decent opponent and that we shattered our previously pitiful transfer
record. If Gooners couldn’t get any higher that they already were, word spread
that we had a chance of getting Ozil and just over 24 hours later he signed and
the doom and gloom of Twitter blossomed into a beautiful open forum of
positivity. Users changing their names to incorporate umlauts, staff from the
club shop stating how busy they were printing shirts with Ozil 11 on them,
random tweets of “Mesut Fucking Ozil”. I can’t express enough the
happiness I have felt about our club this week. Which leads me to ask
“Are things as good as they appear?” the answer is it probably isn’t but
we are on the right track.
squad has been under focus from the support for the entire summer and in the
end we recruited four players. I think we are adequately covered in every area
of the pitch now, except perhaps the strikers. I get that some are still
frustrated by our lack of signings at centre forward but we have Walcott and Lukas
Podolski that can operate there, so the lack of strikers debate seems pretty
temporary. Yes Podolski could be out for 8-10 weeks but I’m
pretty confident he’ll be back sooner than we think. I’m no medical expert
but what I can tell you from having suffered many a hamstring tear (including a
grade 3), is that a return is possible after five to six weeks.
tear a hammy, there are two factors, how high is the tear in the hamstring (the
higher it is, the longer it takes to heal) and how do the fibres piece
back together. The latter will be a doddle, as he’ll be having intensive
treatment. Then he’ll be getting massages galore, as they try to circulate the
blood flow in order to get as much of the blood supply as possible to the
affected area. Podolski will undergo bike work to build up his confidence and
also test out how it reacts. Then it’s a case of pushing it slightly harder on
each day and he’ll progress to treadmills etc. Once he’s managed a flat out run
they’ll introduce him to light training and the twists and turns and at that
point you reintroduce him to contact and away you go. The one thing about
injuries now is they are over-exaggerated because international breaks reduce
the amount of games they’ll miss. In terms of Premier League games we have four
between now and the home game with Norwich City on October 18th. It’s certainly
not as bad as people seem to think. I’m also not an advocate of buying
players to replace injured players. The notion that a player is out for six
months means you have to buy a player on 4-5 year deal is just flat out
ridiculous. Despite everyone’s concerns about the ability of our medical team,
these players (including Abou Diaby), will return.
biggest challenge now if for Arsene Wenger to get this right. He will get a new
contract and remain at Arsenal for another couple of years. I personally don’t
feel his performance with the side has done enough for him to warrant a deal
but one thing is clear, he was the deciding factor when signing the German. We
can’t underestimate his influence and the things that this sort of acquisition
will bring to our club over the coming windows, therefore Arsene deserves a
crack at it, as his war chest get blown into smithereens. So with a big signing
comes the expectation and with that, it brings pressure on Wenger.
pressure he hasn’t been under for some time but he’ll have known this as soon
as this signing became a reality. Our upcoming games are Sunderland > Stoke
City > Swansea City > West Bromwich Albion, not the hardest run of games
but also not the easiest. If Wenger can get this side off to a flyer, then
it’ll be interesting to see how far this team can go. They’ve shown they can
play catch up but can they set the pace? One thing is for certain, this club
should now be setting the pace.
expectation of silverware in recent years has dwindled to the point where I
know we will not get to finals but in one fantastic signing that expectation
has returned and this side can I have no excuses. This is the squad that
has been formed and we will get to know over the course of the next few months.
We have a difficult group in the Champions League but they’ll have been taken
aback by our transfer activity and it stands us in good stead. Let’s just hope
we aren’t getting too carried away.
I’m a 30 something year old Gateshead lad but thankfully my Dad is a cockney and he put me on the right path in life, taking me to my first Highbury game at the tender age of six.
Despite my obvious geographical disadvantage I am a season ticket holder and I attend quite a few away days as well.
I like to express my opinion which resulted in me starting a blog. I’m delighted to be part of the WTTGT team and you can read ’The Michael Jeffares Column’ every Friday without fail.