The future of Mesut Ozil has long been one that has concerned both the club and the fans with the German playmaker supposedly an integral part of the team. However, there has already been movement of a colossal nature at the club, with players leaving and others entering the last year of their contracts, and it seems as though he may be following their lead soon.
Indeed, while Ozil is clearly a very talented player, it seems as though the Premier League is too combative and physical for his style. In Real Madrid, the Spanish side would dominate every single game, bar their matches with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, and the style of the league meant that much of their attacking philosophy was keeping the ball and picking the right pass to cut the opposition open.
In England, the onus is very much on counter-attacking play. Manchester City are the best exponents of keeping the ball now that Pep Guardiola’s philosophy is being utilised by his team, while Arsenal come in second with their own keep-ball style. However, even though Arsenal do keep the ball more than the average English team, it is still very different to how he would be able to play at Madrid.
For Arsenal, things don’t always go to plan and they often need to roll up their sleeves and engage in a gritty battle, which is something Ozil seems unable to do. Arsenal have been criticised in recent seasons for lacking a backbone and character, and the German has been targetted as one such player that reinforces this. If Wenger is going to be more successful in the years to come. he must start filling his side with players that can fight harder when they are a goal
If Wenger is going to be more successful in the years to come, he must start filling his side with players that can fight harder when they are a goal down, and are willing to track back, put in a tackle and run the hard yards.
While Ozil is technically gifted and, on his day, he can split a defence in half with his vision, he is not a player that Wenger can rely on to get him back into a rainy game in Stoke in which they are two goals down.