Off-Form Mesut Ozil, Sharon Stone, New Podcast and Stuff.

Afternoon, folks.

Just the quickest of quick updates today. It’ll be Quicketty McQuick from the Land of the Quick. The Quick and the Dead – that was a pile of sh*te. Sharon Stone as a ruthless gunslinger? A ruthless, smouldering, sexy enchantress capable of seduction and homicidal mania in equal measure? I don’t buy it. As a murderous whore in Basic Instinct, sure.. I could go with that. Her performance alongside acclaimed performers like Gene Hackman and Russell Crowe stood out like a turd on silk sheets. It’s up there with Kiera Knightley in Domino as far as peculiar casting choices go.

“I’m a f*cking bounty hunter!”… Behave yourself.

Anyway… I’m rambling.

Since I last blogged, which was a couple of days ago, Arsenal have managed a somewhat unconvincing – but very welcome – victory against a Hull City side greatly improved under Marco Silva. If you’re at all interested in reading about the game’s happenings and the order in which they happened, you can all cast those beautiful peepers of yours across the report I did for Arseblog News.

Regarding the result itself, I’ll be honest and say I wasn’t impressed. Not in the slightest. However, I couldn’t really care any less. Of course, I do wish Arsenal to perform to the best of their undoubted ability at all times. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. On the back of a week in which we saw poor results and no end of supporters tearing lumps out of each other, I’ll take 3 points any way we can get them. That’s all that matters.

It wasn’t pretty. It was some distance removed from the type of football and performance the players are more than capable of. But we won, and with the sternest of stern tests headed our way in Munich, a win was important to prevent the confidence of the players plummeting any further.

Arsene Wenger has spoken of Mesut Ozil’s lack of confidence:

“It’s time for him to score again.

“Maybe he will find confidence back as well, because he misses chances. He has chances and he misses the chances that don’t look not feasible for him.

“I felt he did not feel confident [against Hull]. It’s always a problem because you think he can deliver something special but it’s true that technically he missed things that he is not used to.”

Hard to argue that. Mesut hasn’t seemed up to the high standards he sets himself for quite a while now. Some will have you believe his performances go hand-in-hand with a slumped resignation that signals the end of his career at Arsenal. With the contracts of both Ozil and Sanchez the subject of intense speculation, anything either player does is under intense scrutiny.

If either goes for a meal in London, those pesky journalists will somehow find a way to turn that into some preposterous exclusive and ‘confirmation’ of their impending departure. Personally, I just think he’s having a bad patch. It happens to all players. Even someone as ethereal as Dennis Bergkamp had moments of playing below par (I feel that’s almost sacrilegious to say). Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Pascal Cygan; they all had blips and dips in form.

At this stage, I’m unconcerned with the future of either player, primarily because there’s no point worrying about it. If they leave, they leave. We’ll get over it. If they stay, then that’s brilliant. They’re superb players and we’re a stronger team with them.

All of that kind of stuff and more is covered in the latest Goonersphere Podcast. You can have a listen below, so consider this a special treat – an early Valentine’s Day gift to show my unwavering love for you all. Enjoy!

That’s all for today, folks. I’ll be back soon with more. Until that time, and as always; thanks for reading (and listening), you beautiful bastards.

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