We Got Özil
Mesut Ozil is arguably the biggest enigma we have had at The Arsenal – He is Brilliant, Magical, Inspiring, Frustrating, Lazy, World Class and opinion dividing all in one – I don’t think I have ever seen a player that has split the opinion of a fan base more than Mesut Ozil.
213 assists in 579 club appearances, 65 goal involvements in 92 aps for Germany – he has been the top provider in Germany, Spain, England, world Cup, Euros and the champions League – that tells you all you need to know about his strengths, he is arguably the best number 10 world football on his day and this has been back up by Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Joachim Low, so many of Mesuts ex team mates and current team mates say he is the best player they have played with technically BUT the question that has always been asked about Mesut “Does he want it enough?” “Does he really care?” “Does he work hard enough?”
I guess as Arsenal fans a lot of people would say no to those 3 questions however if you take into account Mesut Joined Arsenal when we were far from our best based on a promise he gave Arsene Wenger just before he joined Real Madrid when again we tried to sign him – Mesut was an integral part of ending Arsenals 9 year trophy drought – he went on to win 3 FA Cups with Arsenal in 4 years.
On the 31st January 2018 Mesut signed a new 3 year contract with Arsenal for £350,000 per week – this was the same time we lost Alexis Sanchez who at the time was unbelievable for Arsenal and was a huge blow to lose him on a free transfer – Mesut could have easily followed suit, but he didn’t he signed a new deal to stay at the club that he felt was his home – he has always paid a huge respect to the Arsenal fans that have always stuck by him.
When Unai Emery joined Arsenal he made Mesut Ozil one of his 5 captains but at the same time challenged Mesut by insisting he had to improve his work rate, he was no different to any other player in the squad and if he didn’t do what was asked of him he would not play it was as simple as that – that to me is fair enough – you have to adapt and as an Arsenal fan for over 30 years all I have ever wanted to see is a player give 100% for the shirt – especially if you are earning £350k a week! Mesut managed 5 goals and 2 assists in 24 games in the Premier League in the 2018-19 season is this enough to justify his huge new contract? By far the biggest contract we have given to a player.
Some fans argued that we should have got rid of Mesut and given that kind of contract to Aaron Ramsey and kept him – I can see the logic in that – Rambo is an Arsenal man with over 10 years under his belt for The Arsenal and again after struggling for game time under Unai Emery, when he did play you could see what he offered – 110% work rate and was hugely influential in getting us to the Europa League final which he missed due to injury!
Mesut I feel has always been a player that needs to feel completely free and have 100% confidence in him to really perform, he clearly doesn’t have that under Unai Emery having played only 1 game in the premier League this season and having been left out of the last 3 match day squads you can see that something is not right.
Why would you sign Mesut? To create goal scoring opportunities for his teammates and chip in with goals – that’s his strengths and that’s what he has been better than anyone else at for over a decade, you certainly don’t sign someone like Mesut to track back and tackle – the fact that Arsenal are so shaky in midfield and at the back highlight the fact that Mesut doesn’t do this – his body language has never been his best friend! But I still feel he is the best playmaker at the club and with Pepe, Laca and Auba up top if given the chance I struggle to see how we wouldn’t be more prolific. He was recently again voted in as one of the 5 captains but more importantly this was voted for by the players – does this tell us something we don’t know?
Is Unai making an example of Mesut? He famously had a similar power struggle at PSG with Neymar which clearly was won by Neymar but is history repeating itself with Mesut? Unai Emery seems very reluctant to give Mesut the chance to redeem himself.
After a rare recent interview with The Athletic Mesut has reaffirmed his love for the club “I have a contract until the summer of 2021 and I will be staying until then. When I signed the new deal, I thought about it very carefully and said it was one of the most important decisions of my footballing career. “I didn’t want to stay for just one or two more years, I wanted to commit my future to Arsenal and the club wanted me to do the same. You can go through difficult times, like this, but that is no reason to run away and I’m not going to. I’m here until at least 2021.” “I said that Arsene Wenger was a big factor in me joining Arsenal — and he was — but ultimately I signed for the club. Even when Arsene announced he was leaving, I wanted to stay because I love playing for Arsenal and that’s why I’ve been here for six years.” “I’m proud to be an Arsenal player, a fan and I’m happy here. Whenever people see me in the street I always say, ‘This is my home’. I’m going nowhere.”
Mesut Ozil clearly loves London and he loves the club – he clearly feels at home and when he is on it he is one of the most enjoyable players to watch playing this beautiful game – but where does he go from here? He is 31 now and his contract runs out in the summer of 2021.
It is difficult to see both Mesut Ozil and Unai Emery still being at the club come the summer of 2021 – but will either of them be here? If so who do you think?
One thing is for sure – When Mesut Ozil is at his best he has been an absolute joy to watch in the famous red and white and for me I won’t forget his best bits!
“We’ve got Ozil, Messsssssut Ozil” “I just don’t think you understand” But is he Unai’s man?
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