Arsenal boss Unai Emery is looking to offload German playmaker Mesut Ozil to raise funds for new signings according to the Daily Mirror. Ozil has not played for the Gunners since Boxing Day and reportedly, the former Germany international is out-of-favour with Emery.
Long-running stories of Ozil exit
Since the summer arrival of Unai Emery as Arsenal boss, there have been almost constant stories about the attacking midfielder not being his type of player.
The fact that Ozil has been in and out of the team all season seems to point to the fact that Emery is not the former Real Madrid’s stars biggest fan. The old phrase of no smoke without fire seems to apply here. The stories about Ozil are coming from somewhere, so maybe there is some truth in what the media seem to permanently write about the situation.
Is Ozil worth his wages?
When Arsenal gifted Mesut Ozil a contract worth a reported £350,000 per week contract there were many eyebrows raised. The player had the Gunners over a barrel really, as he was in the last 12 months of his contract and could have left for free last summer if a new contract had not been agreed.
That would have meant the Gunners losing a player of massive value for nothing. However, it would not have been a new situation for the north London club, who never seem to learn from their mistakes with Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey seemingly leaving on a free transfer to Juventus this summer.
In all honesty, I was one of the doubters of the deal, as Ozil has been highly inconsistent for Arsenal during his Gunners career. On his day he can be a matchwinner, but how many of those days has he experienced in recent weeks?
Ozil is the sort of luxury player that needs to be surrounded by top-class talent for him to be at the top of his game. Arsenal does have some good players, but maybe not the sort of players who will be on the German’s wavelength. The attacking midfielder should be the sort of player the Gunners can build a team around. Unfortunately, his inconsistency and some would say attitude has made him become dispensable at Arsenal.
It seems highly unlikely that Ozil will leave the January transfer window. However, a summer sale cannot be ruled out, as it seems like the Gunners hierarchy are reluctant to back boss Emery with any real funds.
Should Arsenal sell Mesut Ozil in the near future?