4 potential destinations for Arsenal's Mesut Ozil
Midfielder Mesut Ozil has not played for Arsenal since Boxing day. There have been reports of minor injuries, but it’s clear that Unai Emery is frustrated with the contributions of a man on £350,000 a week. Emery has come out and said that the Arsenal board are only prepared to sanction loan deals in the January transfer window, and the Sun have claimed that Emery is looking to fund purchases elsewhere. With 3 goals and only 1 assist from his 13 appearances so far this season, Arsenal would not exactly be cashing in on a player in red hot form, but the fact remains that Ozil has great talent that most professionals only dream of. If Arsenal were to make it clear that they wanted to sell the German superstar, there are 4 potential destinations for him to showcase his undoubted ability.
Elsewhere in England
The Arsenal board are not exactly averse to selling to their rivals. The names of those who have jumped ship to direct rivals in the last ten years are rarely far from angry Arsenal fan rants - Nasri, Sagna, Clichy, Van Persie, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez. If the money was put forward, and Ozil’s preference was to stay in the country, the board would not stand in his way, even if this would infuriate the Arsenal fan base. However, it’s difficult to see an obvious Premier League destination for him. It’s very unlikely that Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp would be interested, as it’s hard to see how Ozil would currently fit into either Manchester City or Liverpool. In David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne, Manchester City have more talented and unarguably more consistent alternatives. Liverpool’s midfield is more workmanlike, but given the high-pressing way in which Klopp sets up his team, Ozil’s lackadaisical approach to regaining possession is unlikely to appeal to his countryman. Tottenham is barely worth mentioning given the presence of Eriksen and Alli in their squad and how Daniel Levy would respond to a player asking for 3 times Harry Kane’s wages. The only realistic propositions are Manchester United and Chelsea. Ozil is good enough to get in both their teams, neither of which are operating at the level they would want. However, the only viable spot available in Sarri’s 4-3-3 at Chelsea is in the front 3 as an upgrade on Pedro, which seems to be a role that wouldn't suit Ozil. Manchester United do have room for a genuine number 10 but have much more pressing issues in their backline to sort before adding another big name attacker.