Said Mesut Ozil on his move to Arsenal: "At the weekend, I was certain that I would stay at Real Madrid. But afterwards I realised that I did not have the faith from the coach or the bosses. I am a player who needs this faith and that is what I have felt from Arsenal, which is why I have joined.
"I am really looking forward to it because I have the faith of the coach. I had spoken to him at length on the telephone, he explained his plans and that he has faith in me - that is what I need as a player.
"Wenger gives me the faith and I can develop further. I know what I can do and I know that I could make the grade with any club in the world because I am so convinced in myself.
"But if I don't feel people have faith in me, then that is why I had to leave and at Arsenal, I feel I have this fully. I am sure the new coach is going to develop me further and I am also really looking forward to playing in the Premier League."
Mediawatch isn't really sure what Martin Samuel is trying to say in his Daily Mail column on directors of football, and it seems neither is he.
Despite suggesting Arsenal have overpaid for Mesut Ozil, Samuel supports Arsene Wenger's claim that directors of football are often unnecessary figures when it comes to transfer negotiations. Sort of.
'Directors of football are fashionable again because Tottenham Hotspur now have one, and the impressive Franco Baldini is considered to have dealt shrewdly to limit the damage of Gareth Bale's departure,' writes Samuel.
'Yet who knows if Tottenham will gel as a team this season; we can presume but cannot know. As it stands, Tottenham's best seasons in the Premier League era amount to two fourth-place finishes under Harry Redknapp, neither with a director of football.'
Okay, Mediawatch thinks it understands. Directors of football might be good, but then they might be bad. It's almost impossible to tell, but Harry Redknapp did pretty well without one.
'Meanwhile, at Sunderland, Paolo Di Canio, working closely with director of football Roberto Di Fanti, has risen to the dizzy heights of bottom this season, and has been playing a young midfielder, Jack Colback, at full back,' Samuel continues.
Oh, it looks like we were wrong. Directors of football are bad, definitely bad, because Sunderland are bottom after three games (well, 19th actually) and Jack Colback, who was often used at full-back last season, is still playing full-back.
'Wenger's teams played some of the best football this country has ever seen without a recruitment specialist. David Dein did not direct football. He was simply direct,' writes Samuel.
'If Wenger has a fault it is procrastination. Dein cut to the chase. Maybe the Ozil deal would have been done earlier, and cheaper, had Dein been around because he would have known it was time to act. Yet he wasn't a director of football.'
Right, this time we really think we get it. Directors of football aren't important but sometimes men who are direct, but don't call themselves directors of football, make transfer dealings quicker and cheaper in the way one would expect directors of football might, but in fact direct men are even better at.
Wait...no, it's gone again.
There have been times this summer when Alan Pardew has seemed desperate for Joe Kinnear to do something, anything, in the transfer market. Even after a loan deal was agreed for Loic Remy, the Newcastle manager continued to put pressure on Big Joe.
On August 17, Pardew said: "Joe's on the case, and I think Mike agrees with me and Joe that we need one more."
And in one final push to get Kinnear off the sofa, Pardew said on Sunday: "We would like to bring one key player in who is going to threaten the first team.
"I think Joe has got the targets in front of him and it is who he gets across the line, it not easy bringing in offensive players as Arsenal and Spurs have proved, it takes a lot of money and we are in the same boat."
So given his evident concerns about bringing in one extra body, Pardew's comments after a botched deadline day are as believable as Kinnear's credentials. Despite stressing the need for "one key player" only a day before Kinnear's failure to deliver said player, everything is hunky-dory according to Pardew.
"We are delighted to have brought Loic Remy to the club in this window and we believe he will form an exciting and effective partnership with Papiss Cisse," he said.
"We did the majority of our business in the January window, signing five excellent first team players. With the strong squad we have we should all approach the season in a positive, optimistic frame of mind."
You can barely see the strings.
Petty And Unworthy
Along with almost everyone else in the football world, The Sun's Antony Kastrinakis points out that while Arsenal signed Mesut Ozil, they failed to strengthen other key areas of the team this summer. It's a fair argument, of course, but Kastrinakis seems more motivated than most to quell the Gooners' excitement.
'They signed a Ferrari before getting their driving licence,' writes Katrinakis. 'But what is even more infuriating is that Arsenal could have done so much better.'
'To go for Suarez and pursue him in a farcical way was shocking - an insult to Arsenal's long and illustrious history.
'To bid just £1 over £40m in order to trigger a supposed clause was petty and unworthy of this great club.'
Spare us the hyperbole, Antony.
There has been plenty of moralising over Arsenal's £40,000,001 bid for Suarez but Mediawatch believed (wrongly, it turns out) that tedious debate was over.
Bidding on false information was hardly the smartest trick in the book, but nor was it the exagerrated act of depravity that will blot Arsenal's copybook for all eternity, as Kastrinakis claims. It was a football club bidding what they thought would be enough to sign a footballer from another football club. Nothing more, nothing less.
Speaking Of Hyperbole
Oliver Holt is appalled. He is often appalled, Mediawatch notes, but this time it seems he really means it as he writes about the 'gluttony, excess and sheer vulgarity of the English transfer window'.
'Deadline day 2013 turned our game into the world capital of conspicuous consumption again. It showed it as a meretricious place, the home of the flash and the desperate. And it felt as if the sickness was getting worse,' writes Holt in his column for the Daily Mirror.
'Is this really what football has become? A place where excess has become a selling point, something to boast about?'
Look at those football clubs, spending all that money on deadline day. What is the game coming to? Won't someone think of the children, who are 'gurning at television cameras outside training grounds as darkness falls'?
Holt may have a point about the excess of the transfer window, but it's typically over the top and yet, at the same time, rather peculiar in its moralising.
'This year, a majority of the Premier League teams were still engaging in frenzied negotiations as the clock ticked down,' writes Holt.
'There were honourable exceptions. Manchester City did their business early this summer in much the way Manchester United used to. But for so many high-powered businesses to allow themselves to get sucked into such chaotic spending is mystifying.'
If Mediawatch understands correctly, it's not the mass spending that's the problem (although really it is), it's the way clubs left it so late to try and conclude transfers. So Man City, despite splurging over £90million this summer, are exonerated because they did it before deadline day.
Thanks for clearing that up.
This Time He's Hit The Post
Said Gareth Southgate on succeeding Stuart Pearce as England Under-21 manager: "I know he was proud to do this role, so it is awkward for me to follow him. But after discussions with him, he felt I should apply. That made it acceptable for me.
"I would have been a little bit uncomfortable applying for it had we not had that conversation because we know each other so well."
If you want to remember how Southgate and Pearce became such good friends, click here.
Worst Headline Of The Day
'It's Herr Brained' - The Sun.
Non-Football Story Of The Day
'The Queensland Rugby League is monitoring an investigation into an on-field claim that ex-NRL player Anthony Watts bit another player on the penis during a melee in the Gold Coast competition.
'A Bilambil player pulled down his shorts and alerted match officials to the alleged attack after the first-half brawl sparked by Tugun's Watts in the Gold Coast Rugby League Bycroft Cup preliminary final on Sunday.
'The player declined to make an official complaint but GCRL operations manager Tom Marzella confirmed footage of the match was being reviewed and charges could be laid if there was sufficient evidence.
'Watts, who played for Sydney Roosters as hooker, appeared before media in Brisbane on Monday with his solicitor Mark Williams to deny the allegation.
'William said Watts "absolutely denies that any biting of any nature has taken place. Now, if there has been any contact made to that particular area of this gentleman's body, our client apologises."' - the Guardian.
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