According to reports that emerged over the weekend, Mesut Ozil is set to leave Arsenal in the January transfer window and is unhappy at the club.
The Daily Mail have speculated that Bayern Munich could make a £30million bid for the German star in the January transfer window and Ozil is keen to leave after becoming disillusioned with Wenger due to being playing out of position.
There were no direct quotes from any party to support this notion but lets play devil’s advocate for a moment and assume that it is true.
Could anyone really blame Ozil for leaving to play for Bayern Munich?
They are one of the best clubs in the world and they surpass us tactically on every level, he will also play his natural position should he join them and they would utilise his abilities endlessly. On the pitch and probably on paper it is a great deal for him.
Since Ozil joined the Gunners he has faced nothing but criticism and not all of it is deserved. In his first year he had a tough time settling but he still completed a pretty good first season, he might not have settled as quick as other players in the league have but he worked hard and tried his best but the fans, media and pundits still pile on the pressure and criticise him at every level and this can’t be helping.
This season has seen him played out of his preferred position in a wide role and this has affected his ability and most likely his confidence too. Ozil can play wide for Germany because he has a lot of pacey players around him that can support him fully and we just don’t have that set-up for him to walk into immediately. With practise he could improve playing wide but why should he when it’s not what he was bought to do?
He is our most expensive signing and by that notion he should be the best in the team but he isn’t hitting that mark. For Wenger to get the best from Ozil he needs to play him centrally-we all know that. He is uncomfortable playing on the flank and is miles better when played in his natural role, we should be building a team around him and not forsaking him for Jack Wilshere who has improved but is nowhere near as good.
We’re wasting Ozil and it’s quite sad to see as we were so excited about the prospect of having him in the team when he signed. He has been great for every team he has played for previously so his lack of form can’t be blamed solely on him.
I can’t guarantee that Ozil will stay at the club permanently or that he will leave and sign for Bayern but I’d like to think we could at least keep him until May at least and playing in his preferred role so everyone can see just how good he really is.
The best is yet to come from our unhappy German.
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