Why Ozil needs to Leave Arsenal
- Why Mesut Ozil needs to leave his current club considering the recent changes Emery has made.
Oh Mesut, how did we get to this point?
It is very easy to explain. The midfield maestro from his humble beginnings at Schalke 04, went to Werder Bremen, to Madrid and then to Arsenal. He's played in three different leagues and has made a name for himself, he's a household name, and his t-shirts will sell like hotcakes should he sign for any football club. What makes Ozil so special is the fact that he is able to control the pace of a game. He is what we commonly identify as a midfield maestro. Ozil has a remarkable level of spatial awareness, he's selfless and has the first touch of players that belong in the upper echelon of football.
Fast forward to 2019, we have a player that is struggling to get into the starting XI of Arsenal FC.
This is mainly due to the fact that Ozil has all the abilities listed above but viewers only see these skills expressed at random bursts and perceive that he hardly performs well against the top teams. It is now evident he is not a big game player.
This is troubling considering the club pays £350,000 a week, for a player that is not consistent despite having so much ability. He isn't the player to carry the team when the going gets tough.
The Premier League is too competitive to afford the luxury of having a player on so much money and not performing as expected.
The team does not have a creative midfielder, anywhere near Ozil's skillset, but that could be a good thing.
Ramsey is leaving, so maybe this is the right time for the club to reshuffle and work on building a team that actually fits the ethos of what Unai Emery is trying to achieve.
Emery wants his team to press hard and work consistently to retrieve the ball when possession is lost. This is not the type of player Ozil is, and at the age of 30, he will most likely not improve, as he's beyond his peak.
If he knows that, maybe he can consider offers, and reduce the wage bill of the club. This might create opportunities to recruit other players that will fit this new mould. A new manager means new tactics, and sometimes this means changing players around. Ozil is a solid player, the only problem is getting the most out of such a talented player. If he doesn't fit into the new manager's plans, then there is no point in staying considering his level of quality.Published 21 Jan 2019, 22:46 IST