Was Ozil the right signing for Arsenal?

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Updated: February 28, 2014

Plus why keeping Rooney was a must for United

Last summer Arsene Wenger decided to splash some cash and sign Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil for £42.4million in what was thought to be their best signing of the summer. But now a few months down the line was this the right decision?

Mesut Ozil signed for Arsenal to provide them with the extra quality that they needed when playing the other big clubs and hopefully putting them in a position to challenge for the Premier League and Champions League titles. With some lack lustre performances of late, especially against Bayern Munich in the champion league’s last 16 last week, has he been the right choice.

He started off well against Bayern Munich, drawing a foul from Boateng to give Arsenal an early penalty. With both Giroud and Arteta side lined, Ozil stood up against his old school companion Manuel Neuer to take his penalty for the chance to go one up against one of the best teams in the world right now. He had a poor run up to the ball and then delivered a soft shot which Neuer saved, this not only silenced the crowd at the Emirates but Ozil’s body language was clearly evident, showing that his confidence was deflated. His failure to react to a quick corner after this then led to words with his team mate Mathieu Flamini as everyone else on the team was trying to keep the threat of Bayern at bay.

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Ozil was hounded on social media websites for not showing enough effort, however those questioning his effort may be interested to know he ran 11.69 kilometres in the game, showing dedication to his team, but it could be argued that the aim of his signing was not to run all over the pitch, there are great players in the team that do that already. Arsene Wenger purchased him for that extra quality that was lacking in the team previously, to provide quality balls to other players assisting them to score against big teams like Bayern Munich and the fact is he didn’t. Since he’s been at Arsenal his contribution has been lacking and he was on the wrong end of fellow countryman Per Mertesacker after failing to acknowledge Arsenal’s fans at the end of the 6-3 loss at Manchester City in December? Ozil has clearly found it tough to adjust to the English Premiership, physically more than anything and this has left him vulnerable to criticism each week if Arsene Wenger remains to play him. Perhaps now is the time that Wenger decides to give him a rest not only for his sake but for Arsenal’s.

Rooney Signs New Deal

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Manchester United has confirmed that striker Wayne Rooney has signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract, but people have been asking if the 28-year-old is really worth all that money?

To answer that you need to realise he isn’t just a United player, he is their poster boy. Even though they are still making good money off the pitch, on the pitch they are struggling, they are far behind the leaders at the top of the Premier League and will even at this rate struggle to get into the Champions League next year. This could have a long lasting financial impact on the club; this is why both David Moyes and Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward have to show that this club is still a force to be reckoned with. United’s record signing of Juan Mata from Chelsea was a brilliant move not just because Mata is a worthwhile player but this signing also showed other top teams that United are still capable of making their mark on the Premiership and that they can still attract top players and Rooney staying just cements that statement.

Rooney will be earning around £250,000 a week and while his £85m agreement on his contract until 2019 looks extraordinary, it’s probably cheaper for United in the long run as they now do not have to find a replacement player in the transfer market.

Rooney is Manchester United’s main man and that is ultimately why they couldn’t afford to let him go.

 

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