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Why Arsenal Fans Must Be Patient With Mesut Ozil
Footytubeblog (Blog) 2 years ago
It’s perhaps a bit unwise to ask Arsenal fans to be patient with anything given the frustrating run of eight years without a single piece of silverware to boast about.

After going so long without much cheer and having to sit through transfer window after transfer window while Arsene Wenger failed to spend the hundreds of millions he reportedly has in his transfer kitty, it’s no wonder Arsenal fans are becoming more and more impatient with anything that keeps them waiting.

The £42.5million arrival of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid on Transfer Deadline Day was initially hailed as the transfer to end all trophy droughts – it had all the hallmarks of a signal of intent from the club.

The German’s first five or six games were very impressive, particularly his first two where he managed three assists.

But the Gunners’ record signing has faded away in the last couple of months and has put in a couple of lazy, lackluster and sometimes disinterested performances that have understandably angered the Arsenal faithful, who had pinned the hopes of a Premier League trophy firmly on his head.

But is it right to expect Ozil to be at his very best for every game? Admittedly, he earned his reputation during his time at Real Madrid where he was playing alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric. So it isn’t just the need to adapt to a new pace and style of football in the Premier League, but also to a side where he’s arguably the big fish for once, rather than the small one.

Given his huge price tag and the fact he’s Arsenal’s record signing, you can forgive him for feeling a little under pressure to deliver exactly what Arsenal want.

It took Samir Nasri a good season to make a real impact at the Emirates following his arrival in 2008. He wasn’t as big a name as Ozil is now, but he was still a player Gunners fans were hoping could make a big difference in their pursuit of a trophy.

The same goes for Thierry Henry who, despite scoring 17 league goals in his first season, still took time to warm the hearts of the Arsenal faithful. Three years into his Arsenal career, was there anyone out there who thought he’d go on to achieve what he did and become a club legend?

Of course, it would be wrong to suggest Ozil could go on to reach similar heights. It’s too early to even predict how his Arsenal career will turn out, although it’s also too early for the criticism that has come his way.

Per Mertesacker was exactly the same when he arrived at the Emirates from Werder Bremen in 2011. The German was not as impressive as his reputation and fee suggested, although now his stats are some of the best in Europe.

With that in mind, Arsenal fans must be prepared to be patient with Ozil. Of course, it’s becoming a painful a frustrating wait for success, but the early signs of the German’s Arsenal career showed how much of a difference he can be.

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