According to former Arsenal defender Martin Keown, Gunners German playmaker Mesut Ozil has already left the club in some ways.
Keown told Radio Five Live Via the Metro: ‘I think he’s testing Wenger more than any other player has,’
‘I think it was Belarus the other week, he didn’t fancy going. He didn’t want to go. ‘Suddenly he was injured again, he played nine minutes against West Bromwich Albion on the Monday, so how did he get injured there?
‘I think in some departments he’s already left. Psychologically, mentally, he’s already left the football club. Maybe Wenger is now trying to do the best deal he can to get some compensation for him.’
Not signing a new deal at Arsenal
It has been almost inevitable for at least six months that Mesut Ozil was not going to sign a new contract with the north London club. For a while, he looked like he may be more likely to sign a new deal with the club than Alexis Sanchez.
However, despite talking about his future relying on Arsene Wenger staying as boss this season he has decided not to sign a new deal. That means Ozil will almost certainly now run down his contract and leave as a free agent next summer, as the German is now 1/8 to still be at Arsenal after the winter transfer window shuts.
Arsenal does not need Ozil
Aside from the financial loss next summer, Arsenal are not really losing much by Ozil moving on. Keown is right at times in recent months Ozil looks like his head is elsewhere. Some would argue that his head has been elsewhere for a while, as Ozil has struggled for consistency at Arsenal.
The playmaker has enjoyed patches of form in an Arsenal shirt, but never form that could match that of which he produced at Real Madrid. Maybe La Liga just suits him better than the rough and tumble of the Premier League.
Arsenal are just better off without a player who no longer wants to play for the club. The club is always bigger than a player and Mesut Ozil is definitely not an exception.
It would be nice for Arsenal to recoup some of the fee they paid for the German by selling him in January. However, it seems the attacking midfielder is likely to stick around to collect his wages until next summer, when he can choose his own destination.
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