In the modern era, there are about ten times as many distractions for footballers in comparison to a few decades ago – and we aren’t trying to complain, that’s just the way it is. Of course, we understand that there are similar trials and tribulations, but we’re referring specifically to the media scrutiny that these players undergo on a day to day basis throughout the year.
Arsenal face a tough challenge today, as the Gunners host reigning Premier League champions Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners may have experienced a few difficult campaigns in the English top-flight. However, one facet of the north London side that has stayed stable is their form at home in the Premier League.
The Emirates Stadium a tough ground for opposition teams
The Gunners finished last season by winning seven of their eight games at the Emirates Stadium. The exception to that run was a 3-0 defeat by Sunday’s opponents Manchester City, who produced a sublime display in north London.
The Premier League transfer window is now shut and Arsenal fans have cause for quiet content with the Gunners summer business. Bernd Leno, Sokratis, Stephan Lichtsteiner Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi have all joined the Gunners during the transfer window.
However, the summer arrival of new boss Unai Emery cold a far big reaching impact than any of the clubs summer signings.
Arsenal spending small this summer
Arsenal has decided to take a cautious approach in the transfer market this summer. Some might argue that the Gunners have taken a cautious approach in the transfer market anyway in recent years.
According to multiple reports, Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis is set to leave the club and join AC Milan as their executive director in September. Sky in Italy claim things have already started rolling in that direction.
Gazidis has been with Arsenal since 2008, and along with Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi, he was seen as one of the main driving forces in the club’s transition from the Arsene Wenger era to a fresh future with Unai Emery. Now, however, it seems his involvement with the club is about to come to an end, and manager Unai Emery hopes it doesn’t turn out that way.
German chancellor Angela Merkel respects Mesut Özil’s decision to withdraw from the German national team, a German government spokesperson has revealed according to a report in the Independent.
Merkel’s spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer expressed the stance of the chancellor that people with migrant backgrounds are still welcome in Germany. Merkel highly values Özil and his contribution to the German national team since his debut in 2009. She also believes that the majority of around three million people of Turkish origin have been integrated well into the German society.
As everyone knows by now, Mesut Ozil has essentially retired from playing international football with Germany. It’s a hard pill to swallow for those who respect and value everything that he’s done for the German national team over the years, but in the grand scheme of the situation, it makes a lot of sense. We aren’t going to repeat anything regarding the ins and outs of this situation because it’s been beaten to death now by multiple outlets, so all we’ll say is this: Mesut, well done.
According to reports from the German press, Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is set to retire from international duty with Germany following a disastrous World Cup in Russia.
Went go into the tournament in a negative frame of mind
Ozil and Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan met the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the World Cup, as both have Turkish heritage. This meeting did not go down well with anybody in Germany.
In fact, some fans and observers claimed that the pair should be omitted from the squad for the World Cup, as they believed that the visit showed the players lacked commitment to Die Mannschaft’s cause.
Verdict: Germany win
Best Odds: 1/2
On Sunday afternoon, world champions Germany will start the defence of their title as they face Mexico in Group F of the World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium.
Germany cruised through qualifying with a perfect record. No team scored more than Die Mannschaft’s goal tally of 43 in European qualifying. At the other end of the pitch, they conceded just four times.
The team ranked first team in the world will be looking to become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to retain the World Cup.
According to Sky Sports, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is struggling to be fit for Germany’s World Cup opener on June 17th against Mexico after picking up a knee injury in a friendly game against Austria last weekend.
The attacking midfielder scored in the 2-1 win over their neighbours. However, he was substituted on 76 minutes. Ozil has been training away from his Die Mannschaft teammates and missed Tuesday media day.
Reportedly, the 29-year-old is also still suffering from a long-standing back problem that saw him miss games for Arsenal last season.
For anybody who has seen Arsenal play in the last season or two, or even longer than that, it has been impossible not to perceive where the main problems lie, as well as the place where only a tweak or two would do just fine. Going forward, there is very little you could pinpoint as wrong, especially in the Premier League towards the end of the season with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on great form since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund.