Arsenal are in the middle of an uphill battle to win the Premier League title this season although it seems a lost case as they are trailing leaders Leicester City by 11 points, with a game in hand and Mesut Ozil thinks his team should splash out huge this summer.
The Gunners also crashed out of the Champions League, having suffered defeat to Barcelona and will not be defending their FA Cup either, as Watford ousted them from there too.
Arsene Wenger’s misery character is being blamed once again, as the French manager only signed two players this season in Petr Cech and Mohamed Elneny. It definitely felt like this would be their season finally, but Arsenal have managed to disappoint the fans yet again.
According to a report from the Evening Standard, German midfielder Mesut Ozil has requested his boss to spend during the summer.
“We know that it will not be easy and that we need reinforcements if we want next season to be on top here again,” he said to German paper Welt am Sonntag.
“It is again interesting to see who invests in who and how much the clubs do during the summer break.”
You cannot deny Petr Cech, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil were blockbuster signings; but they were already superstars and were available to sign.
Actually, it’s the hidden gem obsession of Wenger which creates so many problems. Once he used to find unknown stars for hardly any money who later turned out to be class performers.
But just look at his recent signings of largely unknowns: Gabriel, Yaya Sanogo, Kim Kallstrom, Gervinho, Andre Santos, Park Chu-Young. All flops.
He has clearly lost his transfer mojo and should move for proven quality rather than costly gambles.
The midfielder also suggested that next season Premier League will be boosted with some of the best coaches in Europe, with Pep Guardiola ready to take over at Manchester City, while Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte should be coming in as well.
“In addition, great coaches are coming into the league. I am thinking primarily of Pep Guardiola. Wherever he has been, he had success. He is a coach, keen on playing and his teams are feared.
“I wonder what he will do with Man City. He will be imprinting his football in England and people will be surprised.”
Ozil, like most of his colleagues, has not given up on the title as yet, pointing out that Leicester still have some big games to play. He also admitted, however, that the Gunners could no longer afford any slip-ups.
“I do not think it impossible,” he added.
“Although there are only a few games left, Leicester have a run against some of the big teams to come.
“We ourselves must in any case not allow any more slip-ups. The hope of the title is still there – we have the players for the title.”
Despite the German maestro’s self-belief, you can always predict an Arsenal season before it even begun. Key areas of the squad would not be addressed in the summer before a positive start ends up falling apart breaking thousands of hearts through injuries and they ultimately blow their chance.
Critics say, Wenger just doesn’t want to learn from his past mistakes; it may be sticking with rubbish players, not buying a holding midfielder or even tactical errors. It always looks to be somebody else’s fault and he is far too stubborn to confess he did not get it right and has the knack to prove doubters wrong.