As one of my colleagues revealed earlier, Arsenal now look resigned to losing German playmaker Mesut Ozil. The 28-year-old’s contract is up next summer and it now looks highly unlikely he will sign a new deal.
Like teammate Alexis Sanchez, the Germany international has turned down numerous big money offers of a new deal at the Emirate Stadium and looks set to leave the north London club in the near future.
According to the Daily Mirror via TMW, ambitious Italian outfit Inter are set to hold talks in January with the playmaker about a summer move. Any move next summer would leave the Gunners empty-handed.
Ozil has not always convinced at Arsenal
Mesut Ozil was a star player at Real Madrid. He was the European assist king, creating goal after goal for Los Blancos. However, his Arsenal career has been less convincing. The German playmaker has gone through spells in his Gunners where he has looked like the ace goal creator that we saw in Madrid.
Like in season 2015/16 when Ozil produced 19 Premier League assists and contributed six goals. Even during that campaign, he went off the boil slightly after starting the campaign in lightning fashion.
Last season’s tally of eight goals and nine Premier League assists was respectable, but not necessary for a player of his calibre. I have no doubt that in the right team Ozil can be a fantastic player. However, maybe Arsenal are not the right team and he could thrive elsewhere in a different team or league.
Ozil is criticised for his lack of work-rate, which is a slight misnomer as his languid style of running is often mistaken for laziness. In fact, an Opta study last season showed that only Spanish international Nacho Monreal covered more ground than Ozil in the Arsenal squad.
Ozil can still be an asset this season
Even if his future does not lie at Arsenal Mesut Ozil can still be an asset for Arsenal. The German international is still touch and go for Monday night’s clash with West Brom, a game that he is odds of 12/5 to score in.
Mesut Ozil on his day is a player that can entertain and enthral fans. I for one believe that he will be a loss to the Gunners and not just a financial loss either. If played in the right way he can be a highly influential player for anytime.
However, it seems he will not be for Arsenal for much longer. Let us just hope he can help Arsenal enjoy a successful campaign before he leaves next summer.
Will Arsenal miss Mesut Ozil if as expected he leaves next summer?