Student and gooner, Arsenal remains my one and only love - although Arsene Wenger would run pretty close. Eternal realist and strong believer in securing a long term future over short term trophy aspirations.
Mesut Özil has come under yet more widespread criticism due to his recent performance for Germany against Algeria. Despite netting the decisive goal, Özil was below par throughout. Any stats regarding him completing the most passes in the final third, or creating the most chances are simply hiding away from a hard truth. Stats like these, and indeed his goal, can easily be cherry picked and manipulated to find some merit in every players performance, but for all watching the match - it should have been apparent that something was clearly wrong.
As of the time of writing: Manchester United have signed Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, Manchester City have acquired Fernando and Bacary Sagna *deep sigh*, Liverpool have wrapped up deals for Emre Can and Rickie Lambert whilst Chelsea have got Diego Costa and *stifles tear* Cesc Fabregas. The transfer window is almost a third of the way through and with teams starting to drop out of the World Cup, business looks set to really hot up. Radamel Falcao, Alexis Sanchez, Adam Lallana and Alberto Moreno are all supposedly on the edge of moves (depending on what you believe, of course). Meanwhile, our manager is pictured wearing pyjamas and playing beach football.
I am not usually one to get excited about, or indeed even pay heed to, wild transfer rumours that the Mail in essence picked out of a hat. However, at the weekend Sky Sports News reported that (according to Sky Sources) Fabregas would be returning to the Premier League. They didn’t say to whom and they didn’t say when, although any business will surely happen after the World Cup. They just said that it was their understanding that Barcelona met with the player and announced it was their intention to sell him.