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Saturday September 14, 2013 MYT 7:30:00 AM
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by hariati azizan
Arsenal fans will be looking forward to Mesut Ozil linking with Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott, backed by Jack Wilshere or Aaron Ramsey. – AFP Photo
FRANKLY, the Arsenal faithful don’t really care if new Gunner Mesut Ozil is an “international playboy” as alleged by his former boss, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.
With his record of 108 goals and assists in 159 appearances at the Bernabeu, Arsenal’s new record signing can be all the Don Juan he wants to be as long as he maintains his performance level at the Emirates.
No doubt, many are relishing seeing some of the physical prowess that has riled Perez so much when Arsenal play Sunderland at the Stadium of Light tonight (to think we have Spurs to thank for this ...).
Even if it will be a baptism of fire of sorts for the German international – he’s only had two days to gel with his team-mates – he is a perfect fit for the Gunners’ fast pass-and-move game. I bet most Gooners are just salivating at the thought of Ozil linking with Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott, backed by Jack Wilshere or Aaron Ramsey.
Hopefully, it will make up for Arsenal’s lack of striking choice with injuries to Yaya Sanogo and Lukas Podolski leaving Olivier Giroud as Arsenal’s sole first-team striker.
It is a relief that Giroud is finally fulfilling the promise hinted by his physique and purported skills when he first arrived at Arsenal last year. At last, Giroud is showing why Wenger believes he is worthy to lead Arsenal’s forward line.
Still, it will be a tough test for the Gunners tonight. At Sunderland last year, Arsenal managed to grind out only a 1-0 victory through Cazorla’s goal after going down to 10 men. In their reverse fixture last year, Arsenal were held to a frustrating goalless draw.
This time around, the Black Cats are not going to simply roll over and let Arsenal trample on them either, especially since Paolo Di Canio’s side are still looking for their first win of the season, and there is no better place to get their first three points than on home ground.
Arsenal will want to continue their good form in the league after their defeat of local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in their last outing: 3-0 to the Gunners.
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