Mesut Ozil is and always has been a polarising figure following his initial move to the Emirates. At first, his transfer was seen as a groundbreaking moment for the club as they were able to lure a world-class superstar to their team. Since then, however, a perceived lack of effort in addition to some inconsistent displays have left many to wonder whether or not the German is still a player of an extremely high calibre.
On the face of it, you could certainly argue that he’s incredibly talented, given his natural ability as well as his many assists for the Gunners over the years. Alas, while that’s all well and good, there’s a clear disconnect between the manner in which he plays for Arsenal Football Club and how he plays for Germany.
It almost feels like heading out on international duty is something of a rehab session for Ozil, because he seems much more relaxed than when he turns out for Arsene Wenger’s men. His movement looks better, he looks more energised, and his overall play is generally more pleasing to watch. Is that because he’s playing in a team of proven winners following their World Cup and Commonwealth Games successes? Probably. Just go and look at his piece of skill against Andres Iniesta – it’s remarkable.
But it’s no secret that the atmosphere at the Emirates has been poor for a while now, and that goes for both the players and the fanbase. Ozil has been pinpointed as something of a scapegoat, and while he has flashes of brilliance, they’re few and far between for a guy who was once tipped to be the best player in the world during his younger days.
Again, we understand that he’s still one of the club’s most efficient and impressive playmakers, but there just seems to be something missing. Perhaps the frequency of Germany’s games plays a role as he only gets to turn out for them every once in a while, but with Wenger set to depart within the next twelve months or so, it’ll be fascinating to see whether or not Mesut Ozil sticks it out with a new manager or instead decides to jump ship.
We certainly know which option we’d prefer, because on his day, the Premier League sorely needs a star like Mesut.
Is Mesut Ozil happy at Arsenal?