Monday, November 28, 2022

BFG ready for peak Ozil | Wilshere ready for midfield competition

Per Mertesacker says compatriot Mesut Ozil is well placed to deliver his best form in his ‘first full season’ at the Emirates.

The German international missed Arsenal’s opening games of the 2013/14 season as he waited to move from Real Madrid and then missed pre-season last year after Germany’s World Cup success before suffering a knee injury that sidelined him for three months from September onwards.

Having watched Ozil crank up the style in the second half of the last campaign, Mertesacker says Arsenal can squeeze even more from the midfielder, so long as he maintains his fitness.

“He is one of our key players,” the BFG said of Ozil in Singapore.

“Him in good fitness, him at his best – there’s a lot more to come from him and the second part of last season when he came back from injury, you could see how important he is for us as a team with his key passes, being in between the lines and always carrying a threat to the opponent.

“We need to find him and make him better, then he can show his real potential.

“The key will be not to get any injuries or niggles. He’s a good player when he’s fully fit but obviously he needs to gain that little extra, that confidence, to play his best.

“We will see – I’m pretty confident that he has his best and his first full season in front of him.”

Ozil sat out yesterday’s 4-0 victory against a Singapore Select XI leaving Jack Wilshere to take his place just behind the attack.

The role, long pinpointed as the midfielder’s favoured position, is arguably the most sought after at the Emirates with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky, Aaron Ramsey also equipped to play it.

Acknowledging the competition, Wilshere told yesterday that he’s enjoying the competition for places.

“It’s unbelievable and it’s down to us as individuals to make that place ours,” he noted.

“That’s going to be tough, of course it is, but I’m up for the challenge and I’m sure all the other boys are as well.”

The England international also revealed he’d talk to Arsene Wenger about where he’ll play this season, before the first game against West Ham on 9 August.

“I haven’t spoken to the boss [Wenger] about what plans he has for me — but I will do before the start of the season.

“At the moment, I’m just concentrating on getting fit. I had a good end to the season and I just want to keep it going.

“That’s why I wanted to come back in early for pre-season because I felt I missed too much of last season and wanted to give myself the best opportunity to get fit.

“I asked the boss — I said, ‘Boss, can I come back early?’ I wanted that because I missed quite a lot of last season. The competition is strong in midfield so, yes, it’s down to us as individuals to make that place ours but I’m up for the challenge and I’m sure the other boys are as well.”

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monkey knees

Ozil will rip the league a new one.

Le Jim

Its butthole will become infinitely wider in diameter.

Daan van Lith



Love it!

The Only Olivier is Giroud

Mouth-watering prospect. Having Özil run the show with a solid back 4. Just pray to God someone convinces Sanchez to take a break!

Getso gunner

I love Ozil, hope we can see that best of him this season

Stewart Robson's therapist

I can’t see Wilshere and Ramsey ever happily playing together unless we were to go 4-3-3, with a holder behind them a la Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets. It would mean shoving Mesut Ozil out wide which none of us have particularly enjoyed in the past, but Germany won the World Cup with him playing that system. Worth experimenting with? Just a suggestion, interested to know what people think.


The idea of shoving the best n10 in the world to the left to accommodate a burgeoning one does not sit well with anyone. It does no favors to Ozil. Wilshere just has to get down and fight for this place while bidding his time for a chance to show up. Competition is good as it ultimately brings out the best in everyone. However, making players to play in their not-so-favorite positions does not bring the best out of him. Someone already mentioned that the best way to do this is to rotate heavily as to keep everyone on their… Read more »


Well you have found out…:-)

Me So Hornsey

That last paragraph was a load of Cygan.


Stop it.

two bullets in the chamber

Can the season start already????

Arsenal's Legend

Well as far as am concern am just looking at the calendar when the season gets started.

As for player’s position that is Wenger’s prob and a very good one to have.

how can I sit here in Nigeria and shout to Wenger to play someone wide and the other centrally…….. Absolutely ridiculous arranging some funny line ups on arseblog encouraging Wenger to follow it.


Sleep snoring, wake Me up when the season starts….
The Prospects are high……


On completely unrelated topic, Chelsea’s new shirt sponsor is Yokohama Tyres. Maureen just bought new tyres for his bus.


There’s been a few of our players talking up Ozil in the last week, he’s obviously on fire in training. Either that or he’s now doing kick ups with multiple chewing gums whilst winking at Giroud.


NO surprise Wenger bought both Alexis and Ozil at around 25yrs. They are both on the cusp of their peak years. Plus Walcott. These 3 will be key players for us. There is no reason to feel that players like Walcott, Ozil or Alexis will not get better. Plus we have younger players who will improve in Coquelin, Bellerin, Jack, Ox, Welbeck, Ramsey etc. This is by design. Wenger has spent the last five seasons (interrupted by key departures) rebuilding the squad with experience throughout every position. This process started with Arteta. He has also started to add ‘world class’… Read more »

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