We've signed Mesut Özil.
I find myself saying that randomly every couple of hours or so. It has yet to sink in and I suspect that it won't until Özil trots onto the Emirates pitch, supporters roaring with delight while he applauds the fans, rotating to all four sides of our lovely stadium.
€42m big ones which utterly demolishes our transfer record. Hopefully that can sweep the 'Arsene will never pay big money argument to one side'
I see it as no surprise that our largest ever transfer record was smashed on the same season where we secured big commercial deals.
After the Aston Villa result, listening to the reaction of the home support and then reading the blogs and comments it all felt rather depressing. It is supposed to be enjoyable and fun supporting your football team, it is why I naturally lean towards the best of any situation in regards to Arsenal. Some choose to use supporting Arsenal as a 24/7 venting machine and whatever way you do it, well you do it. There is no manual on how to support your football club and we all choose to associate ourselves with this club in any which way we choose.
The day after the Villa result, Chelsea played a game against Hull City at Stamford Bridge and the atmosphere was the complete opposite of the spectrum. The support for the manager was huge, the camera showed smiling faces, rather annoying pieces of paper with happy messages to their manager sprawled across them. It made me feel jealous of Chelsea and that in itself is sickening. Not jealous of their manager or their players. I mean their creative players are a little bit second rate aren't they? *Pokes nose in the air*
I was jealous of their unity and togetherness. A club lacking such class had something I wished our rather classy club had. Well fast forward until today, the image of Arsene Wenger walking away at the final whistle to a crescendo of boos is starting to fade into the distance. Instead those memories are replaced with wins over Fenerbahçe (a), Fulham (a), Fenerbache (h) and of course victory over big (but personally not very good) spending Tottenham at the Emirates. The defensive focus of last season has returned along with our improved breakaway football that we are watching.
Four wins on the bounce is enough to change the mood of most if not all. The desire and attitude of Flamini when he came on last weekend will be enough to reopen the hearts of many and Giroud's continued improved displays since pre season is very encouraging. This was all before we well, look at the first line of this article.
It is not perfect, there were not many who didn't want an additional striker to the squad, I certainly did. Our efforts to sign Higuain, Suarez and Ba on loan as well as I am sure many targets that we aimed for but did not come out publicly prove that the plan was there to get one in but for ever reason, we could not get it done.
I suspect that Arsene didn't want to get a player he didn't want just because we had a need for that position and we will see if that need gets met in January.
So what is the point of my words today? Well, I will tell you. I am just a little Arsenal blogger alongside many top blogs out there so I know my voice will not carry the same weight as some but I felt like doing something useful for once, or at least trying to.
You may not think Arsene Wenger is the right man for the job, you may like myself, happen to think that he is. You may think we are short in some areas but pretty decent in others, you may not think Özil was the right purchase when other holes need filling.
Well, whatever your feelings are, it would be nice and beneficial for the team and club if we all pulled together. Dropped the AKB and WOB labels and put all our energies in making Arsenal feel a good place to be involved in.
I have read a number of times that our club is not Arsene FC, it is Arsenal FC which is exactly right. So in that case and for the sake of Arsenal FC we need to back the Arsenal FC manager and the players on the pitch.
A first step towards that would be to stop the infighting, the pointless negativity and bickering. We have a great group of players who are willing to fight together like nothing we've seen for a while now, we have also included one of the best playmakers in world football alongside the excellent Santi Cazorla.
If we all pull in the right direction then I reckon we have a better chance of all ending up happy in the long run.
And surely that is our aim right? To be happy, to enjoy this wonderful addiction of ours. We've cleared most of the players that could be seen as not good enough, we have acquired two experienced players at goalkeeper and midfield. We have a young striking prospect and what Mourinho described as the best number 10 in world football. Not only this but we have beaten the one team that seems to pull all Gooners together.
Let us wipe whatever slate we have clean and start again from here. Who's up for joining me in a sing song?
"WE LOVE YOU ARSENAL, WE DO
WE LOVE YOU ARSENAL, WE DO
WE LOVE YOU ARSENAL, WE DO
OOH ARSENAL WE LOVE YOU!"