Arsenal beat West Bromwich Albion by 3-1 at the Emirates on Sunday, condemning the Baggies to a return to the Championship this summer and making sure Sam Allardyce fails for the first time in his mission to keep a team in the top tier. Emile Smith Rowe got on the end of a low cross from Bukayo Saka to open the scoring in the 29th minute, and Nicolas Pepe doubled the Gunners’ lead six minutes later with a fine strike after cutting in from the right attacking flank. The visitors got some hope of avoiding defeat back after Matheus Pereira made a good run through the middle and fired past Bernd Leno in the 67th, but Willian had the final word with a nicely hit free-kick just before the end.
Seems a bit sad, doesn’t it?
Mesut Ozil spent seven and a half years at Arsenal. He wore the No. 11 shirt for five, until the club parted ways with Jack Wilshere on a permanent basis in 2018. Then Ozil took the No. 10.
Ozil and Arsenal have reached an agreement to have the contract binding the player to the club until the end of this season terminated with immediate effect, as reported by multiple sources, and the former Germany international is expected to be confirmed as a Fenerbahce player any day now. Plenty of people have been debating his legacy at the club and whether he’ll be missed, but some of his now former teammates have already begun discussing who gets the No.10 shirt.
Speaking to the press ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup clash with Newcastle United on Saturday, manager Mikel Arteta was asked about the situation and the ongoing rumours about Mesut Ozil potentially leaving the club this month, as well as the progress when it comes to signing Omar Rekik from Hertha Berlin.
With Ozil’s £350,000-per-week contract expiring at the end of the season, he is now allowed to talk to clubs outside England and even sign a pre-contract agreement with one. However, there appears to be a reasonable possibility that he could leave the Emirates this month already, given that he’s practically certain to stay frozen out of the squad for the rest of his contract if he stays. Reports of interest from the likes of DC United and Fenerbahce have been doing the rounds in the last few days.
According to reports in Turkey, as relayed by the Mirror, Mesut Ozil is set to end the Arsenal chapter of his career, having agreed a deal to join Fenerbahce.
The German has been completely excluded from Mikel Arteta’s plans this season – the manager left him out of his squad for the Premier League and the Europa League. Several poor performances, in which a creative midfielder such as Ozil could have helped a lot, prompted many to believe Arteta could change his mind for the second half of the season, but the recent emergence of Emile Smith Rowe seems to have thrown such notions out of the window.
Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil did a Q&A session on Twitter on Wednesday, and he said a few interesting things.
Among other things, the German was asked to name the most underrated player he had ever played alongside with, and not only did he name Matteo Guendouzi, he also tagged the young midfielder in his reply.
“I’m sure he will be a big football player one day”, said Ozil.
The Mirror have interpreted this statement as a suggestion that manager Mikel Arteta made a mistake with the way he handled Guendouzi’s well-documented disciplinary issues, though quite frankly, it doesn’t seem that way. Guendouzi’s talent and football quality was never questioned, by Arteta or anyone whose opinion would be relevant. He was frozen out for disciplinary reasons alone.
Arsenal techical director Edu says the club are trying to resolve the situation surrounding Mesut Ozil at the moment, as relayed by the Mirror.
The German attacking midfielder is in the final year of his contract and he has been left out of the squad for the first half of the season, both in the Premier League and the Europa League. His omission from those lists has prompted some criticism at the expense of manager Mikel Arteta, and as things stand right now, those believing Ozil should have been given a chance appear to have a point.
With Arsenal’s run of form looking the way it is right now – woeful, it’s not really surprising that Mesut Ozil and Mikel Arteta’s decision to leave him out of the 25-man squad for the Premier League, as well as the Europa League, are being discussed far and wide.
There can be no no doubt that the Gunners lack a creative attacking midfielder, one which can thread a cunning pass through the narrowest of spaces to put a forward into a goalscoring chance, and there is also no doubt that the experienced German is exactly that type of player.
It has been a significant summer this year in terms of incoming transfers at Arsenal. The Gunners obtained the services of defender Gabriel Magalhaes, defensive midfielder Thomas Partey, winger Willian and replaced the departed Emiliano Martinez with Runar Alex Runarsson as the number two goalkeeper. They also extended the loan of midfielder Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid by another year, as well as the contract of defender David Luiz, and turned the previous loan spells of defenders Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares into permanent ones. But perhaps the most impotant piece of business of all was captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signing a new contract. Arsenal reportedly made a late effort to bring in Houssem Aouar from Olympique Lyon, but that did not come through.
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.
The Mesut Ozil situation continues to draw much attention when it comes to Arsenal. Manager Mikel Arteta made the decision to leave the experienced German out of his Premier League and Europa League squads, and while some believe it to have been a mistake, others make a strong case against a team relying on a classic No.10 as the main creativity source in the game today.