According to unconfirmed media reports, Arsenal boss Unai Emery is attempting to force German playmaker Mesut Ozil out of the club by omitting him from the Gunners starting line-up.
Ozil has featured in just one of Arsenal’s last six Premier League games, which was a recent 2-1 home win over Cardiff at the Emirates Stadium.
Rumours out fall out since Emery’s arrival
Ever since Unai Emery’s appointment, there have been rumours and reports to suggest that the Spaniard does not like Mesut Ozil as a player. The German has been in and out of the Gunners team for much of the season.
The playmaker has started just 13 Premier League games this season. Various excuses have been used for his absences, including a back injury. However, there remains a feeling that Ozil is not an Emery player. The Spaniard likes his forward players to track back and that is one of Ozil’s biggest weaknesses. At 30 years of age, Ozil will not adapt his game, so he has found himself out of the team.
A huge strain on the Gunners budget
Giving Ozil a reported pay packet of around £300,000 per-week never seemed like a good idea. However, the clubs hierarchy panicked because they thought Ozil would leave on a free last summer. The player’s agent had Arsenal over a barrel. If the Gunners hierarchy had reacted sooner, then the north London club could have sold the attacking midfielder and at least recouped some money back for him.
However, they gave in to his massive demands and are now stuck with the German playmaker, who due to his absence from the team has just become a strain on the clubs budget. Unai Emery will be Arsenal’s head coach next season, so nothing will change next season. Ozil is not going to become a player who tracks back, so the Gunners are in a tough situation.
Arsenal need to sell Ozil in the summer
On his day, Mesut Ozil is a very good footballer. However, he is no longer a key player for Arsenal. The north London club cannot have a player at the club sitting on the bench earning massive wages.
The club and fans need to have faith in Emery and what he is trying to achieve with the Gunners. With that in mind, selling Ozil in the summer would free up some cash for both wages and transfers. The biggest sticking point may be that the Gunners will find it hard to offload a player on such big wages. We will see, but looking at the situation now, Ozil is just a drain on the clubs resources.
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