Mesut Ozil made his third start of the season in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup away to Liverpool on Wednesday, and he was one of the standout performers in both teams, despite Arsenal failing to move on to the next round. It was certainly a thrilling game, given it saw 10 goals scored, and it eventually came down to penalties in which Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher managed to save the effort of Dani Ceballos, providing an advantage his teammates capitalized on.
In the wake of Arsenal’s dramatic 3-2 win over Vitoria last night, Gunners boss Unai Emery gave his thoughts on the game – but many were more focused on the issues surrounding Mesut Ozil, as seen on Arsenal.com.
There has been a lot of talk about the situation in which Mesut Ozil finds himself at the moment. The 31-year-old has played only two times this season, and many believe his time at Arsenal is all but over. Some are saying the reason behind it is that he doesn’t fit in with manager Unai Emery’s tactical ideas, while others,the club’s head of football Raul Sanllehi being one of them, claim he isn’t putting enough effort in training.
However, the player himself feels differently. Speaking exclusively to David Ornstein, formerly of BBC and now with The Athletic, Ozil said that when talking to people in the streets, he always makes it clear he isn’t going anywhere because this is his home.
As reported by the Mirror, AC Milan and Inter Milan are both heavily interested in signing Arsenal’s outcast Mesut Ozil.
Ozil made only three appearances in all competitions this season and his relationship with manager Unai Emery is said to be severely damaged. He hasn’t even been named on the bench for the last several games, and Emery explained it more than once, saying that it was a decision unrelated to his fitness and that other players, those that were included, deserved it more than Ozil.
Shkodran Mustafi and Mesut Ozil both look set to move on from Arsenal in the near future, with neither of the two Germans having a place in the team under manager Unai Emery.
Mustafi has been out of favour for a while, and truth be told, he did very little to change Emery’s mind when he was on the pitch. His consistently poor performances have been an unmissable part of Arsenal’s woeful defending in the last several seasons, and with the return of Rob Holding from injury and Calum Chambers from loan, as well as the arrival of David Luiz from Chelsea, there simply isn’t a place for him anymore.
Arsenal beat Standard Liege at the Emirates by 4-0 in the second round of Europa League Group F. The result has now strengthened the Gunners’ hold over the top spot with six points and they are now properly separated from the Belgian team, who trail away together with Eintrach Frankfurt on three, with Vitoria Guimaraes sitting pointless at the bottom. It was young Gabriel Martinelli who opened the scoring after 13 minutes, and added a second only three minutes later. Joe Willock added the third in the 22nd, and Dani Ceballos set the final score in the 57th.
The chaos and tension surrounding Mesut Ozil has been in the air for quite some time now. Some fans have suggested that he isn’t the player he once was, whereas others believe that there’s still a good chance he could reignite his career and really start proving himself as the world class player we all once considered him to be.
Alas, with the latest talk around the club being that he could be loaned out sooner rather than later, we have to question whether or not that’s the right move. It’s almost obvious at this stage to suggest Unai Emery isn’t the German international’s biggest fan, even though he’s had a few notable moments for the Gunners during his tenure with the club.
Arsenal are keen on sending Mesut Ozil out on loan in January, according to the Mirror.
Whether it’s due to the game evolving in a certain direction where classic “number 10” players aren’t as crucial for top team’s and their success, or the player himself and what he offers or doesn’t offer on the pitch, the German obviously has no place in the Arsenal team, at least not as a regular member of the starting XI. He started only one of the opening six Premier League games of the season, and aside from that, he only played in the 5-0 Carabao Cup thrashing of Nottingham Forrest. And with his weekly wages amounting to £350,000 per week and making him the best paid player at the club, it’s a situation that the club feel shouldn’t go on anymore.
Instead of simply choosing captains of his own team, Arsenal boss Unai Emery has decided to ask the squad for their opinion. According to Rob Holding, the Spaniard asked his players to write down their suggestions for captains on a piece of paper and hand it to him for consideration.
Although strictly speaking the club are required to have only one skipper, clubs can decide to choose more than one just to be on the safe side. While Liverpool, for example, have three, last season Arsenal had five: Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil. Of these five, Xhaka and Ozil are the only two candidates who are still at the club this season, as Koscielny and Ramsey have recently moved to new clubs and Cech has made the decision to retire from professional football.
One player that we’ve always respected, despite the fact he wasn’t really in his prime during his time with Arsenal, is Per Mertesacker. The big German has always been an intriguing defender within the ranks of world football, and was viewed as one of the most intimidating defenders of his generation – and rightly so.
We always felt like he enjoyed his time with the Gunners and while that may be true, the man himself has taken the time to reveal some home truths about one player in particular: Mesut Ozil.
“First of all he loves playing football. It doesn’t come across so often,”