In today’s news roundup, the main story is a transfer clash between Arsenal and Spurs over Austrian defender Kevin Wimmer. The relatively unknown Cologne man seemed destined for a move to White Hart Lane, but Wenger has reportedly made a last minute offer.
In other news, Per Mertesacker believes that the increased openness and arguments among Arsenal players have benefited the team and that this is one of the reasons for our winning streak. Manager Arsene Wenger has also gone on record to praise German playmaker Mesut Ozil after his impressive performance in the 4-1 demolition of Liverpool on Saturday. All this and more stories in today’s news roundup.
Summer transfer war brewing in North London
Reports in the press are claiming that Arsenal could strike a major transfer blow to our North London rivals Tottenham, by snatching their number one summer target from right under their noses.
As the Daily Star tells us, Cologne defender Kevin Wimmer’s £5m move to White Hart Lane looked to be signed and sealed, only for Arsene Wenger to have now thrown a spanner in the works. Per Mertesacker is reportedly the one who alerted Arsene Wenger to the potential of the 22-year old and convinced him to make an offer.
We are still relatively short staffed at the back; and an extra player coming in would be an ideal situation, but whether Kevin Wimmer is that man remains to be seen.
Cabaye set to make a return to the Premier League?
Yohan Cabaye is reportedly back on Arsenal’s transfer radar, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger lining up a £10m summer move for the 29-year-old Paris Saint Germain playmaker. Cabaye made a controversial move to PSG from Newcastle a little over a year ago; but has since failed to impress for the French champions and has been sidelined.
Now, with the player starting to demand playing time, Laurent Blanc might finally decide to cut his losses and let him come to the Emirates. However, whether he will get any more playing time at Arsenal remains to be seen, and it might be better for Arsene Wenger to focus on more realistic and essential transfer targets.
‘Proper arguments’ the cause for Arsenal’s success
Per Mertesacker has praised his Arsenal teammates for finally having a ‘proper argument’. He credits the change for our excellent form, which now includes a run of seven consecutive Premier League victories.
The German defender believes that his fellow players used to be soft on each other after a bad result, while reasoning that it’s only by changing their approach off the pitch that they’ve been able to improve on it.
We tried to think what went wrong for us last season, especially when we got beaten heavily by those big teams.
It’s always a big discussion. I mean, we are responsible for our performances. No one wants to have such a miserable day again.
You need that arguing culture. We lost that at times. It gets personal, and someone gets upset too quickly, but you have to face the truth and have a proper argument. That was normal 10 years ago and it has slightly changed.
We lost that a bit, what is the intention of argument. It’s really important, not only in general, but in a footballer’s life. It has to get louder sometimes. We need to discuss, to find solutions, to get everyone in one direction.
Mesut Ozil ‘classy and intelligent’
German World Cup winner Mesut Ozil has had more than his fair share of criticism since his move to the Emirates, and for the large part it has been undeserved. He has been particularly superb since his return from injury this season, and was on target once again as we all but put an end to Liverpool’s top four aspirations.
Özil was hugely influential and was responsible for a huge number of key passes throughout the game. He was involved in several of the goals, and took his own goal brilliantly from the free kick. Wenger highlighted the intelligence and the timing of his passes, insisting that it would be a joy to play with the former Real Madrid star.
Boss on @MesutOzil1088: "What he does is always classy and intelligent. The timing of his passes is fantastic. You'd love to play with him."
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 4, 2015
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