Like every other Arsenal fan, I was stuck on Sky Sports News on transfer deadline day on the 2nd of September. I was hoping we managed to bring in someone, anyone. I didn’t care if he was the captain of the Nepalese u-21 team, just someone to make up the numbers.
We had been linked to about 973 players over the past couple of months and none had materialised. Morale was low. We had lost our first league match of the campaign and unlike other times when we had won against the lot down the road, even a victory over Sp*rs wasn’t doing much in boosting morale. Then Jim White comes on to say there’s the possibility we might be getting Mesut Ozil, the Real Madrid number 10. It was like asking for a shower and being dumped in a swimming pool. Of course I didn’t believe it. I couldn’t bring myself to trust and get my heart broken again. If Arsene pulled this off, that would be something-and-a-half. Cut the long story short, Gazidis, Arsene, Hill-Wood, David Cameron, Ban-Ki-Moon somebody (whoever, I don’t really care) actually signed Ozil.
Our next match after that was against Sunderland and the German maestro’s first touch was magic. Gibbs launched a pass down the left and his control reminded me of Bergkamp. He laid it off to Giroud and as the ball went past Keiren Westwood every gunner on the planet just about fell in love with our new number 11 even more deeply than we already had. Of course we went on to win the match and have only lost two other league matches till date.
Mourinho had earlier denied us the opportunity to sign Ba because he feared we would be too strong. Some compliment that was coming from the self-acclaimed Special One. To think he would some months down the line let Mata go to Man Utd says exactly how much the fortunes of Arsenal and United have changed since Fergie called it a day.
Whatever it is that persuaded Mesut Ozil to sign for Arsenal, combined with the form that put the team top of the table is something for the other teams to look out for. Jose saw it too when he held Ba back from strengthening the team. To top it up, the club signed a new shirt deal worth around 30 million pounds per year plus bonuses. That means more money. The academy is also in good shape with a new and previously successful man at the helm.
These are definitely happy days at the Emirates. And dare I say, the team looks like its heading back to the glory days. And the league position confirms that too.