Rarely in English football – or anywhere for that matter – has a single acquisition had such an uplifting effect as Mesut Ozil’s £42.5 million move to Arsenal from Real Madrid during the most recent summer transfer window.
It’s early days and far too premature to write clubs belonging to English football’s elite class out of the title race. But the start of the 2013-14 English Premier League season has been an intriguing one.
Sometimes in sport there are occasions that announce the arrival of a special talent who sees the spotlighted stage as a glorious opportunity for self-expression rather than an inhibiting platform for embarrassment.
A late kick-off, the pressure of wearing the red-hot favourite tag and a talented and committed Monaro Panthers opposition – these were the daunting ingredients for Belconnen United’s qualifying final.