The last time Arsenal played Real Madrid was during the era of the invincibles squad in a Champions League game that saw the Gunners won Los Blancos 1-0(aggregate) in the 2005/2006 season.
Since then, the quality, achievement and progress of the clubs can be said to be worlds apart. Madrid have won tonnes of trophies both domestically and in Europe, their dominance has been all over while Arsenal have won nothing but two FA Cup trophies.
Irrespective of the great divides between the clubs, Arsenal were able to prise away one of Madrid’s best and the fans of Arsenal would never forget that 2013 summer. Arsene Wenger defied all the odds and shattered his record to sign Mesut Ozil for £42.5million – that was supposed to be the beginning of the transformation of Arsenal, alas, the tale of the club sounds terrible for all to hear hitherto.
Ozil, 28, has now revealed a significant difference between the clubs, reports the Metro.
‘You can’t compare the expectations at Real with any other club,’ Ozil said. ‘Neither with Arsenal nor the national team.
‘In Madrid you have to win every match. If you get a draw, even against Barcelona, you failed.
‘Especially as a young player you have to develop accordingly and take on that mentality. Jose Mourinho helped me a lot with that. He supported me and always wanted the best for me.
‘When I look back, there were many nice moments at Real and I made many friends there.’
What a telling tale – several fans and ex-players have blamed the current decadence of Arsenal on Arsene Wenger who appears to be soft on his players and has lost touched with the reality of modern football. Patrick Vieira and Thiery Henry have all alluded to the fact that Wenger accepts failure as he allows players to do what they want on the pitch.
Although we continue to be enduring fans, Wenger has failed to evolve with the game of football. Yes, player can be allowed to express themselves but the kind of displays we see from Aaron Ramsey and sometimes Alexis Sanchez should not be accepted – these players overly hold on the ball, lose possession as a result of that and they keep doing it as if they have no coach.
Arsene Wenger may be the greatest manager of Arsenal since the club was birthed, if he doesn’t change his ideology about the game, his reputation may go down.