Does the Ozil signing change everything? Maybe.
This is undoubtedly a signing that sends.a message. It says we are prepared to spend this kind of cash. It says we can pull off this kind of transfer. And it says we are the kind of club who will spend money on the right player even if we have relative strength in his rough position anyway.
That last point takes us back to the days of bringing in Wiltord (who was a big signing at the time), despite already boasting Henry, Bergkamp and Kanu. Those were happy days.
And so Ozil’s signing appears a breakthrough. But – and if you’re in no mood for anything other than sheer joy this morning I suggest you stop reading now – it would be premature to say in one fell swoop all the transfer gremlins of recent years have been banished.
Our paucity of strikers (these are the people Ozil is here to supply) is simply astonishing. Even if we are to assume Giroud himself is super quality, with nobody else we are woefully short. Podolski is half an option but is injured. If we play Theo there it will be in spite of his previous performances in that position, not because of them. Sanogo doesn’t look like an option and Bendtner doesn’t bear thinking about for reasons I don’t even have the will to go over.
And so if Giroud is injured or suspended we are in a hole. If we want to go 442 we can’t. And if he wants a rest that is a non starter too. And how did we attempt to rescue the situation yesterday? By getting Jose mourinho to loan us one of his players. Adtonishing to think that one didn’t come off.
Of course no squad is ever perfect… I would have liked a super class defensive midfielder and a young central defender to arrive too but these things happen. The striker one is harder to swallow.
So let us rejoice at the arrival of Ozil by all means. But le
t us see this as a job started, not a job finished