3 reasons why Ozil's reunion with Mourinho could prove to be bad news for Manchester United
At 29, Mesut Ozil may not be the answer to address Manchester United's woes.
Mesut Ozil was deemed as a marquee signing and a signal of intent by manager Arsene Wenger when the Arsenal boss signed the Real Madrid attacking midfielder for a club record fee of £42.5 million in 2013, to make him the most expensive German footballer of all time.
It appeared that the dynamic and industrious 25-year-old had taken like fish to water as he performed exceptionally in his debut season at Arsenal. He led the club's assists chart with 13 to his name and also had a decent contribution in front of goal by finding the back of the net on seven occasions in all competitions.
His impact diminished considerably the following season when he played a hand in only 12 goals all season. However, he was back with the numbers in the 2015/16 season as he racked up an impressive 20 assists, but the next season was again a barren one for the German international.
This has been the tale of Ozil in the Premier League. His performances have never been at the level of the top stars the world's most popular league has to offer. When he is in a rich vein of form, there are few better in Europe than him, but the damning fact for him and his team is that his highs are few and far in between.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, who shared a topsy-turvy relationship with Ozil during their days at Real Madrid, still seems to hold the German in high regard. While often being critical of his work rate, Mourinho is aware of the player's skill set and his ability to turn things around within the blink of an eye.
However, a lot has changed since the duo were in Spain, and Ozil who seems destined for a reunion with the Portuguese manager, may not prove to be a good piece of business for the Red Devils.
Here are three reasons why United should opt against signing the wantaway Arsenal star:
#1 He is too much of a luxury player
Arsenal legend and TV pundit Martin Keown has never been one to mince his words. Writing in his column in the Daily Mail about what Ozil brings to the Gunners side, he labelled the German as an "icing on the cake player." He stated that he is an expensive luxury unwilling to put in the extra yards for his side.
While every team may have that one player that is given a bit of leeway, Mourinho's sides do not follow a similar philosophy as the Portuguese inculcates a fighting spirit in each of his players. Last season, he was vocal about Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial's lack of desire - something which is also blatantly obvious when Ozil is having a bad day at the office.
He may be extremely adept and robust in the final third, creating innumerable chances for the players around him, but when it comes to winning the ball back or putting in an extra shift on the defensive end, he tends to go missing.
This massive flaw in his game does not immediately strike the eye when Arsenal square off against the lesser sides, but when they take on sides that are at the same level or stronger than them, Ozil is suddenly like a passenger in the Gunners team.
Due to his lack of physicality, he often goes missing against sides that have a considerable strength and size advantage over him. Against bigger teams, Ozil's involvement in the game considerably diminishes and this all down to his lack of fighting spirit.