According to multiple reports, LA Galaxy are considering making an attempt to sign Mesut Ozil from Arsenal ahead of the 2021 MLS season.
The German has been a much-debated topic in every Arsenal-related conversation for a long time; probably too long now. Since he signed his three-and-a-half year contract back in January 2018, his performances were questionable at best, and his time at the club is without a doubt coming to a close. Manager Mikel Arteta has left him out of the squad for the Premier League and the Europa League, sending a very clear message that Ozil has no place in his plans at all.
There was some reported interest in his services over the summer transfer window, and in all honesty, it’s not to be wondered at given his undoubted quality. However, Ozil himself made it even clearer that he had no intention of cutting the contract, which provides him with no less than £350,000 every week, short. He intends to see it out, even if it means not playing a single minute before the end of June 2021.
But there could yet be a way for the club and the player to part ways in a (sort of) friendly way. If LA Galaxy do come for his services at the turn of the year and help Arsenal get the 31-year-old off their wage bill, the tension sparked by this unwanted situation could defuse, at least a little. Apparently, the MLS club wouldn’t be willing to pay the Gunners a transfer fee and Arsenal would have to agree to terminate his contract prematurely, but at this point, that seems rather like a good option.
Ozil’s arrival to Los Angeles would mean the attacking midfielder following in the footsteps of big stars, such as David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, allowing both him and Arsenal to finally move on from each other.