5 Players who could replace Mesut Ozil at Arsenal
At the start of the year 2018, both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez had only six months left on their contracts, while Alexis jumped the ship and moved to Manchester United, Ozil decided to stay with Arsenal.
For his decision to stay with the Gunners he was awarded with a new three and a half-year contract making him the highest paid player in the club's history.
With the arrival of Unai Emery, many expected Ozil to have a key role but instead, Ozil has hardly flourished under Emery and he has been often criticised for having a bad work rate compared to other players.
He was linked with a deadline day loan move to PSG, but it was rather Ozil who rejected the chance to join the Ligue 1 side for rest of the season.
Though he may have stayed with Arsenal for rest of the season, if a player of his calibre does not get the minutes he wants, it is highly likely that he would want to leave the Gunners to get more playing time.
If Ozil leaves Arsenal they will have to enter the market for replacement and here are five players they should target to replace the German.
#5 Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan)
The Croatian international has been one of the best players in the Serie A since his arrival in Itlay and he has been one of the best performers for Inter Milan as well. A skilful winger full of trickery and creativity is the kind of description that would suit the former Wolfsburg man.
Currently, in the Arsenal squad, there is no proper winger. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Iwobi have been used widely on the left wing sometimes, but Perisic can play as a proper winger on the left and give the Gunners attack a new weapon.
Perisic is capable of playing anywhere on the attacking side of the pitch as a winger and also as a No.10.-something similar to Ozil. Though Ozil maybe a better playmaker, Perisic is a goalscorer as well. In 214 appearances for Arsenal Ozil has scored 41 goals while Perisic has scored 34 in 143 appearances for Inter only.
The former Dortmund winger was linked with a loan move to Arsenal but Inter Milan did not allow him to leave. While Inter has been also linked with a move for Ozil, a possible swap deal would be beneficial for both clubs as well as the for the players.