Ozil lauds the Arteta effect

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Mesut Ozil has reiterated his belief that Mikel Arteta is the right man to lead Arsenal citing the Spaniard’s football philosophy and relatability as two key factors in players enjoying their football again.

On the surface, two wins, two draws and a defeat in the new coach’s opening five matches don’t make for particularly eye-catching stats but there’s a positive vibe that the players are engaged with his new ideas.

While qualifying for the top four this season may well be out of reach, there’s a sense that our young squad is now part of an intriguing new project.

Speaking to Arsenal.com, Ozil, who was a teammate of Arteta’s for three years, said: “He can show us everything he has learnt his long career so he knows exactly what we need to do, and so we know what we need to do as well.

“He just pushes us far to get there so we can play successfully.

“He knows what to say to us, how to give us a positive attitude and how to make us be successful. I can see he is really hungry, but at the same time he is very down to earth and that is a very good characteristic to make us be a successful team.

“It is basically getting us back to the old Arsenal virtues. Fighting and having possession, being in control of the game, having the ball all the time. These are the things that he is working on with us and you can see it – everyone is smiling, laughing, enjoying their time at the moment and this has made us be successful now.

“I think he is the right man at this club.”

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Kampala gooner ?
Kampala gooner ?

I concur!

Evang. Simon
Evang. Simon

I support

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

I both concur and support.

La Défense
La Défense

Preach it!

Rich
Rich

“This has made us be successful now”

Really???

We drew 1-1 with injury ravaged Bournemouth, who are in free-fall

We played well for 32 minutes against Chelsea, and then deservedly lost

We dominated United for 40 minutes, then defended well.

We got dominated by Leeds for 45 minutes, who should of been out of sight.

We played well for 30 minutes against Palace, who had 12 injuries, and drew.

We’ve got big problems, that go way beyond coaching ones.

Mike Tyson famously said “Everybody has a plan, until they get punched in the mouth”

Arsene was castigated for being an ideologue, Emery was originally praised for his pragmatism, until the freshness wore off.

Arteta looks to be taking us back to having an “identity”

But once the freshness wears off, he’ll go into self preservation mode, and pragmatism will kick in, either that? or he’ll have to go down with his ship.

Our defenders outside Luiz, Bellerin who’s injured, and maybe Tierney? aren’t designed to play out the back.

Our midfield lacks dynimism with Xhaka, Torreira, Ozil, it’s so one paced.

And we lack experience and nous in the wide areas.

Structurally we’re in big trouble as a squad, this mess, has been years in the making.

Fans and players need a lift, but Ornstein saying we’re looking at 2 loans….
The Kroenke’s need to recognise that we’re heading for a half empty stadium if this stagnation continues

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

I can see you’re a glass is half empty kind of guy

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

His glass is totally empty from where I’m sitting…sad.

Longbow
Longbow

His glass is empty and he’s using a plate instead of a glass.

This Must Be The Place
This Must Be The Place

And the plate is broken

Galileo
Galileo

His glass is totally empty even when all can see it’s half full.

Ozils eyes
Ozils eyes

I bet your a barrel of laughs

FatArse
FatArse

You’re suspiciously Blue…

ComeToSeeEboooue

You chat utter shite ?

Pookins
Pookins

All those games you’ve mentioned we would have lost if Emery was still in charge so there’s definitely an improvement

SarcasmB0t
SarcasmB0t

If I remember correctly, Emery actually won the game against Bournemouth, but everybody still lost their shit that we hadn’t dominated to the extent that they would have liked. Arteta drew and everybody is hailing a massive upturn.

Rich’s run-down of the games is spot-on. The narrative of Arteta’s second coming has been quite silly. Everything that happens is spun as a success.

We utterly disintegrate with less than 10 minutes to go? The players let him down.
We get played out of the park by a Championship club? Motivational half time talk turns things around.
We play well in the first half with just one goal to show for it and proceed play worse and draw? Aw shucks, the boys were great, shame about the finishing.

Notice how the situation is exactly reversed from the Leeds game (i.e. the team gets WORSE after half time) but the narrative remains positive.

He’s done fine, but the team is still a mess.
This early, any improvement has to be credited to a new manager bounce.
Let’s see if it lasts.

And speaking of lasting, Ozil seems to have run out of his three good games per manager, too.

And I doubt all the games would have been lost under Emery, it’s just that even the same run of results (ONE Premier League win in four) would be painted in a far more negative light.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

The difference in the way we are playing is massive tho, even if we can’t keep it up for the entire game.

It’s a good style of football. The Man United performance was the best I’ve seen us play in a long time.

We never played well under Emery (or rarely) even when we won. This season we’ve been really awful. Now everybody seems to know what they are supposed to be doing, for the most part anyway.

Dave M
Dave M

Yes but it was VERY poor against Palace and poor against Leeds and we coughed up a win against Chelsea and Bournemouth. These players love to talk a good game like Özil here but they lack the fight on the pitch especially when pressure gets turned up and momentum shifts (Chelsea, Bournemouth, Palace). Its getting pretty clear A LOT of this squad shouldn’t be there.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

They were knackered against Chelsea by the end.

Leeds they didn’t take seriously enough.

Dave M
Dave M

Great squad attributes!
Lack of fitness and lack of respect for opposition. Yeah but what a team we have!

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Give the man a chance to turn things around properly. Most people seem to agree there are a lot of promising signs.

Says more about his predecessor than it does about Arteta.

Also being dropped in right before xmas with the team in the state it was in is about as hard as it gets.

Dave M
Dave M

Tell me where I blamed Arteta? Once again this comes back to the players. We still have a mentally weak squad. Arteta is trying to get the most out of them he can, but “you can’t polish a turd”. These players are what they are. Many of them have shown their true colours when the going gets tough over the course of the past 1-5 years. Many of them aren’t good enough or mentally tough enough if we want to be a top 4 team let alone a league and Champions league contender.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Maybe, but in fairness i think Emery and his system (or lack of it) totally did everybody’s heads in. Look at Torreira for example.

We may have to ditch some. Time will tell.

Dave M
Dave M

I was calling for Torreira to get an extended run at DM for over a year. Talent and results were there. Absolutely stupid of Emery to play him so wrongly out of position and have zero trust in him. I’d still like to see Willock get a bit more run as he seems to have the right mentality, impressive talents and workrate so deserves a little investment that will pay off long term.

But lets no wash over how things were under Wenger either. Declining results and the same soft underbelly. Now that is either all Wenger’s fault or at least partly on the players too (combination of the two IMO).

Our wave of “Arteta new manager bubble” looks to be closing so now it’s just up to his tactics and player management, which I’m totally encouraged by. But at the end of the day we are still limited by our playing staff and they leave me VERY unconvinced – some more than others.

No. 8
No. 8

I couldn’t have put it better than that. Completely agree with you.

allezkev
allezkev

We lost to a Chelsea team that should have been down to 10 men, after a once in a season mistake by our most consistent player.
Drew with a Bournemouth team that should have been down to 10 men.
Beat Man Utd and Leeds, that’s right we actually beat them.
We aren’t Liverpool, we aren’t Man City, we aren’t even Leicester, we’re a work in progress, it’s gonna take a couple of years.

Dave M
Dave M

Yup I agree too, everyone just wants to feel good because they’re sick of being down at this team not being good enough, sure we got a managerial change, but we have a team of players that are not consistently good enough or mentally strong enough to challenge. Nothing changed on that front. Emery clearly wasn’t the answer and I how arteta is, but a big part of our problem is the players.

Xhaka had two good games and is now all of a sudden a world beater. I said a week back I was pleased he played well, but he has to show it consistently and only at that level against united and Chelsea (consistently) will he be effective. Since then he’s been back to bang Average xhaka of the past 2.5 years. There is a lot more data of xhaka being bang average than actually good… And he is a focal part of this team, which is a big reason we’ve been bang Average for so long. Take torreira away and xhaka looks useless immediately. And people just blame it on xhaka not being used properly ?…

Özil has a couple stronger games and he is positionally playing well in defense, but he still won’t challenge for anything physical. If he got stuck in he could force a lot of turn overs in a press and launch fast counters that this team needs to create better chances. he presses and then just hovers right near the player… Fucking tackle man! And add to that he’s anemic in front of goal… Completely useless. At least in his prime he was a threat. Now he is creating less and scoring nothing.

And we still can’t score enough goals and all we talk about really is our defense.

We’re still a mid table team and still playing like it. That performance against Palace was piss poor. And now we don’t have the only guy that can score goals for the next three games…

The glass looks empty because its not actually half full, it’s a third full at best.

Uhtred
Uhtred

It’s small improvements and a change in attitude that we are happy about..cmon man just try and enjoy it

Dave M
Dave M

The Arsenal WSL is far more interesting at the moment. Players that show commitment, determination, drive and a want to be out there doing what they love.

The Arsenal boys team shows (at times) lack-lustre effort, lack of physicality (from certain players), soft underbelly (from most – we capitulate under any sort of pressure) – attributes of over-paid mercenaries. Mens professional football is broken, I’m not even sure of its impartiality, which has got worse under VAR rather than better. I’ll continue to watch a bit, but my interest and connection with many of the players in the current Arsenal setup is pretty low. Glad we have Arteta and he has my support, but he’s at the helm of a sinking ship sailing polluted waters.

No. 8
No. 8

It isn’t just about the results fella!!! Arteta is the right man for the job!! I wasn’t sure about his appointment before he arrived but I was glad we did finally appointment someone.

ROTIMI
ROTIMI

Everything you’re saying makes sense but I will like to think that Arteta, would have had an agreement with the board on quality recruitment, which is definitely needed, as we lack players who can play out of a press, which is what City DO CONSISTENTLY. Arteta + good signings= Guaranteed success!!!!

Goonerjag
Goonerjag

But other than that you’re happy, right?

Woolwich Arsenal
Woolwich Arsenal

Thats so negative it hurts my eyes! They’re bleeding now. Ouch, what have you done?!

theletterk
theletterk

Well….at least be happy they didn’t play like shite for 90 mins. Improvements can be seen from the last few games.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Arsenal won’t as well.

You can always support another team you know. Like the one in blue. Or white.

Mintoes
Mintoes

It will take Arteta 3 seasons to turn this mess around. Give him time and support.

Dave M
Dave M

I support Arteta and he looks to be doing the right things. It’s many of these players that are the problem and still look like they lack the composure, nous and even the skills to get the job done. Fixing the squad is going to take some time especially when there’s a good chance we’re going to lose Auba. Either that or we just accept we’re a mid-table team and be done with it because there isn’t much evidence to show this team is anything but.

Charley
Charley

Or red or green or purple for all we care

Dark Hei
Dark Hei

I will just try to articulate what most fans feel when they watch this team.

Regardless of the results, we don’t look like we are playing like crap anymore and we are actually enjoying the team’s football.

So that is your lift.

But if that means nothing to you, I guess you don’t need to watch the game but just check the results.

Group captain mandrake
Group captain mandrake

I do like how you talk about other teams in free fall when arsenal were in that exact position under Emery. And you mention injuries for other teams when arsenal have a pretty decimated back line as well. They have not been perfect by any stretch under Arteta, but you can absolutely see the progress made and change in attitude in a ridiculously short period of time. It’s ok to set a high bar for the team, but you really should try to look at the positives on occasion.

This Must Be The Place
This Must Be The Place

Bournemouth – disappointing result, but within the context of the last six months it could have been worse

Chelsea – not a deserved loss. Undone by two individual errors

Man Utd – comfortable win

Leeds – poor first half (slight mitigation of a rejigged defence with Sokratis at RB), much improved in the 2nd and took the result)

Palace – needed to be more clinical in the first half. Paid the price of switching off, and modest misfortune with the deflection. As there was a red card it is hard to draw any further conclusions.

Fitness is an issue for these players for Arteta’s style. That should come. The organisation looks better, and the players appear happier and better drilled. Still plenty of room for improvement.

You can’t seriously criticise Arteta for the players her has to select from. It will take time to fix.

Rich
Rich

Where have I criticised Arteta?

I think we have big problems, that go way beyond coaching.

I want us to become a dynamic, high intensity team, that presses from the front.

I just question whether we have the personnel to play this way, our defenders aren’t great on the ball, and our midfield lacks energy, drive, and overall quality, I like Torreira + Xhaka I think they’re honest players, but they’re not suited to this style of play.

If Pepe keeps improving, and Martinelli gets a run? I think it could give us a bit more, but this squad needs injections of quality in defence and also more dynamism and quality right through our midfield.

Uhtred
Uhtred

Bloody hell mate..chill out!

OnlyBeingHonest
OnlyBeingHonest

I’d say your great craic at party’s mate

meletios
meletios

@Rich
I will not put it like you have done but I (hope) can understand your point of view and e.g. we can easily spin it as ‘1 win out of 4’.
But assuming results being equal, I hope you can at least see that the team structure, communication and player buy-in to Arteta’s philosophy is much better than under Emery.
I think thats a very good start, compared to the team moral and atmoshphere before.

I agree that some players are not at the level we need, but it is too early to judge as players react differently to different systems and it takes time to get used to a new system and shine.

Perry
Perry

Oh just get in the bin now

Galileo
Galileo

Leeds is a damn good team. Will be an exciting addition to the Elite club next season

Gunnerglass
Gunnerglass

I demand we play like 2010 Barcelona immediately!

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

Take it easy, Rich.

Kleinfeld
Kleinfeld

Maybe he could step up now and score a few goals. 0 goals this season is a joke.

A Different George
A Different George

I don’t know if Arteta will ultimately be successful, but two things are already clear. He has a particular style of play that he wants to impose. As Ozil says, it is possession-based; we’re not entirely sure of what other features will emerge, but it’s clear that Arteta has ideas about how his team will play football. The second thing is that he adapts these ideas to the strengths of the players. Kolasinac again looks like a player who was in the Bundesliga team of the year (as he briefly looked when he joined us) instead of a limited one-trick-pony attacker and semi-comatose defender. Torreira again look like he did for Uruguay in the World Cup, harassing opponents and winning the ball back. David Luiz is able to complete an astonishing array of long passes all over the pitch. Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, and Ozil himself.

So, not sure but very optimistic.

OdalGooner
OdalGooner

It does indeed look better than it has for ages. Some people want to go with that, and be optimistic, others are a little more apprehensive as they have no doubt been let down before – that’s only natural.

All I’m thinking is “Someone from management is tapping him on the shoulder, going ‘ehm, I wonder if we could get you to write something positive on social media” – this happens in lots of companies. At the first Özil-Arteta lovefest, I was genuinely happy to read it. At least it showed that everyone was trying to show togetherness. That’s good. But when it’s every damned week, it does feel kinda silly. Sorry. Too many meetings with too many “ambitious” middle management types 🙂

For all I care, they can publish these every day, as long as the lads are happy and we’re playing well. I prefer them over “this guy’s agent says that Player X is in talks with the Shanghai Fuckhats about a transfer” or “we’re going for the record in not properly strenghening our defence” (I love the recent reinforcemens, but they’re all a bit young – or broken – still 🙂

A Different George
A Different George

The Shanghai Fuckhats.

Oregoon

Big rivals with the Beijing Assbags.

Atom
Atom

You know it’s a slow news period when this is like the 4th rehash of virtually identical comments from Ozil

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Milk it for all it’s worth

SarcasmB0t
SarcasmB0t

Gotta get SOME kind of mileage for 350,000 a week.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Brilliant!

SarcasmB0t
SarcasmB0t

To be fair, he’s making the comment about like the 4th manager this season.

OdalGooner
OdalGooner

That gave me a much needed laugh – thank you, sir 🙂

Guns&Gooners
Guns&Gooners

When a new manager arrives with a new playing style, it takes time to implement the changes. I really support Arteta, and people who thought we would go on a winning run from the day Arteta got appointed, to the end of the season really needs to take a look in the mirror. This will take time, and we are already seeing positives in playing style, tackles, fluidity and most important – players. Every single player has been performing better under Arteta than they did under Emery, even Wenger in the last year for some.

Given the fact that he has only been manager for a month in his whole career, it really gives me hope for the years to come. Rome wasnt built in a day, but there was small improvements every day, and we will see small improvements each game.

Give the manager and players the support they deserve. They need us, and we need them.

Upwards and onwards. COYG!

OdalGooner
OdalGooner

I think we’re all happy Arteta is here – and we can almost all see that this could be truly great, and we’re taking a lot of steps in the right direction – but I can also see the point that this does not mean we’re suddenly “successful” or that our recent results are brilliant. We all understand that it will take time, and we’re all crossing our fingers, but I’d still not consider our recent form “a success”. But a massive improvement in a lot of areas, absolutely yes!

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

This is all well and good but I suspect Arteta would be a little frustrated by some of those performances, especially against Leeds and Palace. You can tell he has a fantastic grasp of the theory and tactics, but motivating the players to execute that week in and week out is something else entirely.

Ultimately he will be limited by the players at his disposal. Some of our players may become world beaters with the right direction, some never will. Arteta won’t have a lot of time to find out who is who.

Charley
Charley

I stopped watching arsenal during Emery’s time in charge. It got so bad i even stopped my daily 9am arseblog reading because it was one pathetic story after another. Now i am not saying Arterta is the Messiah but a little hope is what we need. He could luck willing make it through EUROPA or the FA to getting us something to cheer about and if not so considering it’s his first 1/2 season in charge of any club ever lets give him time.. Viva la arsenal

Galileo
Galileo

Top 4 is not out of reach this season. Period

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

Hmmmm…. ???