Arsenal were able to extend their winning streak in the Premier League to three games at the weekend, defeating Newcastle United 2-1 in what was an intriguing encounter. For the most part, the Gunners played well and controlled the pace of the game, but they were still left to worry in the final stages about the possibility of a late Newcastle equaliser. That’s not a position they should’ve found themselves in, but the state of their defence is a different story for a different day.
We want to talk about Mesut Ozil, and more specifically, his resiliency. The German international has been on quite the rollercoaster ride over the course of the last twelve months, and it’s hardly been a picnic for him. He’s faced a great deal of scrutiny from fans both domestically and internationally, with his Germany career ending in a rough way courtesy of his claims about racism and things of that nature.
It can be easy to completely cave in these situations, leading to the complete collapse of the player in question’s career. Alas, Ozil proved at the weekend that he’s still more than capable of turning it on when required, as he was able to be the focal point of Arsenal’s success en route to victory. Sure, it’d be nice if he could provide that kind of consistency more often, but the way Emery sets up his team doesn’t always allow for that.
That brings on a whole new question altogether, regarding whether or not Ozil will be seen as a key member of the first team moving forward. Obviously right now he’s still one of the best players in the squad, but it depends entirely on whether they build their formation around him or not.
Either way, selling him or loaning him out isn’t something that should be viewed as a realistic option, even if there’s baggage that comes with that. He’s someone who can win or lose you a game when it looks like there’s no alternative to a defeat, and that can be a rarity in the Premier League. The smoke and mirrors of Ozil’s recent history can be tough to overcome but we’d encourage everyone to take a look at his performance against the Magpies because it showcased all that is great about him.
Will Mesut Ozil stay at Arsenal beyond this season?