TIBS EXCLUSIVE – Matt Le Tissier: “Özil & Fellaini are panic buys.”

Updated: September 16, 2013
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger got caught up in a bit of panic buying when he spent £42.5 million on Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Özil.

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And I can’t understand why Manchester United boss David Moyes paid his old club Everton £27.5 million for Marouane Fellaini.

There is always a bit of an element of panic buying on the last day of the transfer deadline especially the big clubs who want to appease fans.

But the two biggest transfers involving Özil and Fellaini have surprised me in their own different ways.

Özil showed in 80 minutes against Sunderland on Saturday what a highly-talented player he is.

The German made the first goal for Olivier Giroud and generally gave a midfield master-class in the 3-1 win where his 79 passes had an accuracy rate of 89.9 per cent!

But it seems odd that Arsene Wenger would strengthen what was probably his strongest department in his team already.

Arsene was under pressure to buy in the transfer window because the fans’ expectations were high and nothing had been done until pretty much the last day.

But I cannot really see why Moyes signed Fellaini and paid over-the-odds for him.

I really struggle to see Fellaini as a Man Utd type player unless they are going to change their style of play to fit him into their side

It seems a lot of money especially as his buy-out clause was £23.5 million up until the end of July.

Now he’s ended up paying £4 million more for a player who might not fit into their style of play.

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  1. omar

    16 September 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Come on matt felliani is a good signing for united.

  2. gb

    16 September 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Sad how spending roughly 40m and 27m is classed as panic buying. But teams with billionare owners spending 150m every transfer window and offering players insane contracts isnt.

  3. Nik

    16 September 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Says the man that could have played for any team in the country to win trophies but chose to stay at Southampton. Top marks for loyalty but I won’t be taking too much notice of his opinions. Fellini and Ozil certainly didn’t look like panic buys on Saturday did they?

  4. whatiswrongwithyou

    16 September 2013 at 6:57 pm

    this might be the dumbest sh*t i have ever read. singing the best number 10 in the world a panic buy? he’ll make up for his fee in jersey sales before the season ends in addition to making arsenal a much stronger outfit. as for fellaini, it was an inflated price but not a panic buy either. get a grip.

  5. Anon

    16 September 2013 at 8:24 pm

    MLT was a fantastic player.
    Shame he was too cowardly to step up to a club that could win things & create more of a legacy for himself than a few MOTD Goal of the Months that will only be remembered by a few.
    Perhaps that fear of the pressure of expectation that would come from being involved in a big money transfer personally is what is driving him to come out with this load of old cobblers.

  6. Tom

    17 September 2013 at 8:36 am

    Bollocks. The idea that they strengthened an unnecessary position is an uneducated myth. Arsenal’s main problem last season was their complete inability to create against big teams. They desperately needed a world class creative player, which is why they ditched Higuain and tried to kill two birds by pursuing creative strikers like Suarez and Rooney. In the end he settled for the most creative player on the planet over the last 4 years…

    Also, Cazorla didn’t play behind the striker before Arsenal and as soon as Rosicky returned he moved back to the left. Rosicky is still good but old and injury prone, an upgrade was needed

    And it wasn’t a panic buy. When asked about the Real Madrid Di Maria/Benzema/Ozil transfer weeks earlier, he called it a “domino game”. He was waiting for Bale’s transfer to be completed, and when it was, the Ozil deal was completed very quickly. Please educate yourself.

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