Ozil and Sanchez key to Gunners Success

The reason for Arsenal’s demolition of Chelsea yesterday night will be seen by many has the inability of the Blue’s to defend. However at times the Gunner’s played some terrific football and at the heart of everything that was good was their two big money signings over recent years, Mesers Ozil and Sanchez.

Both Ozil and Sanchez have come under scrutiny during their Arsenal career at some time or another for failing to perform consistently over a sustained period. Perhaps at times unjust as they are playing with far less quality players than at Madrid and Barcelona respectively , the two have certianly had their critics. However, this season it seems the two are playing at the top of their game and that is terrific news for Arsenal.

Alexis Sanchez has said in recent weeks that he is at the same level as Ronaldo and Messi. At the time this bold statement raised more than a few eyebrows, but judging by some of his recent performances he might not be that far in his evaluation. Having to play in a position he isn’t normally accustomed to being the main striker, there were questions over whether he could score the goals. He might lack the presence at times for a centre forward of course but the one thing he does give you is pace and lots of it. He is the complete opposite to Giroud who’s game involves him spending the majority of his time in a static position, whereas Sanchez is always on the move getting in behind. Furthermore his goal record suggests he can get the necessary goals with 48 in 100 for the Gunners underlining his quality as a goal threat.

The story is similar for the man in behind him. Whilst Ozil might not score the goals Sanchez does, he certainly makes up for it with his assists. Topping the assist charts last season and being one of the few Arsenal players who performed consistently throughout the last campaign, the German finally looks like the player Arsenal spend £42 million on back in 2013. He has continued his good form into the new season and has been as good as Sanchez when it has come to helping Arsenal pick up points this season.


Ozil (left) and Sanchez (right) have started the new season in fine form

If Arsenal are to stand any chance of winning the premier league this season then it takes no expert to realise they will need both Ozil and Sanchez to be at their best throughout. At their best they are two of the best players in the country and when they are on their game, Arsenal stand a chance of beating anyone.


Mahrez would be a pointless signing !

Every summer, it’s the same old story for Arsenal fans. Money to spend, but it never actually is. The early acquisition of Granit Xhaka suggested that maybe Mr Wenger was finally going to splash the cash on some genuine quality. However, little such activity as happened since then and with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United spending big, you have to wonder where Arsenal will finish next season. On the other hand, it seems that perhaps the premier league’s star man from last season is on his way to the Emirates.

Riyad Mahrez performed at the highest level throughout the whole of 2015/2016 premier league campaign scoring 17 goals on his way to receiving the PFA Player’s Player of the Year Award. This sort of form is of course going to attract the attention of Europe’s finest and especially with team-mate N’golo Kanté already moving to Chelsea, there is much talk that Mahrez could be doing the same and Arsenal seem the favourites to land his signature.

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Mahrez landed the PFA Player’s Player of the Year Award following a fine campaign for the Foxes (see above)

The question is, do Arsenal really need him ? With already an array of talent in the attacking midfield department with Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey , Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla, you have to wonder where he would fit in. There is no denying that he would improve the team, he would improve any team, but why spend £40 – 50 million on a player in a position where they already have plenty of depth when other aspects of the team require much more attention.

An example of this is upfront. Ever since the departure of Robin Van Persie in the summer of 2012, Arsenal have struggled to find a consistent goal scorer. Giroud has shown glimpses at times but has rarely set the world alight never scoring over 20 goals in a premier league season. Of course like they always are, the Gunner’s have been linked with the biggest names in the game. Players like Luis Suarez, Karim Benzema and even Jamie Vardy have been targets but they have ultimately moved else where or decided to stay put. It now also seems that Gonzalo Higuain is also out of reach with his imminent move to Juventus meaning that Arsenal’s long struggle to find a world-class goal-scorer will go on.

Now if Arsenal do go to sign Mahrez then there is no denying that he would likely add to the quality that they already possess in midfield. But you have to wonder if his inclusion alone is enough to bring the Arsenal faithful that allusive Premier League crown. This remains to be seen but one for thing is for sure, Arsene Wenger must spend big !


Gonzalo Higuain looks set to join Italian champions Juventus this summer from Napoli (see above)