Posted on November 24, 2017 by ADMIN

Are Arsenal going to sell Ozil to persuade Wilshere to stay?

As we get closer to January there are going to be more and more Arsenal transfer rumours appearing every day, even though Arsene Wenger rarely does much business in the winter. The big question is whether the Gunners will try and recoup some cash from the sale of Mesut Ozil or Alexis Sanchez, and according to lots of reports coming from Spain, it is Ozil that has already agreed to join Barcelona for a price of €20 million (£17.7m).

They seem to be pretty confident that this deal is certain to happen, and that then raises the question of who Wenger will be picking to replace him in the Gunners First XI. We all know that Jack Wilshere is also out of contract this summer and is desperate to get back into the starting line up, and I would think that he will leave the club for free in the summer if he is not given assurances by Wenger, going by what the Englishman said last night. “Of course I want to be playing,” he said. “It’s difficult when you play every three weeks.

“It’s the same as every player. I’m still determined to win my place back, I’m working hard and we’ll see what the future holds – if I can get in or I can’t.”

Not so long ago, when Wilshere was snubbed by England because Southgate wanted Jack to be getting regular first team football in the Defensive Midfielder role, Wenger admitted that he wanted Jack to play further forward, and he even specified where he saw him playing in future. “In my head he’s more a player who plays higher up the pitch,” Wenger said. “I see him more as a player who can affect the game in the final third than a box-to-box player. I see him more as somebody who has a quick response, quick reactions in the final third and the quality of the pass in the final third.

“I think the new system suits him. Because for me he is in the position between wide and completely central, or in that area behind the midfield. Because he turns the game forward well, he can chip a little ball, he can pass people in the short space. That’s why I think the system suits him well. He’s a little bit in conflict in this position with Ozil and Alexis.”

So really the only way Wenger can guarantee Jack playing time this season is if one of our superstars are sold in January, and it looks like Ozil is the favourite to go right now. Is this the only way Wenger can persuade Wilshere to sign a new contract? Or should Wenger go out and splash the cash on someone like Lemar to replce Ozil?


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10 thoughts on “Are Arsenal going to sell Ozil to persuade Wilshere to stay?

  1. gotanidea

    Ozil would leave if there is interest from other club or he could stay if Arsenal offer him large salary increment, which doesn’t have anything to do with Wilshere. Wilshere is not creative enough to replace Ozil, Arsenal should get more creative and more skillful players like Lemar, Arnaiz, Rafinha, Jean Seri, Draxler, Adama Traore, Sergi Roberto, Thiago Alcantara, Moura, etc.

  2. Nayr


    jack is always injured.

    buy draxler or mahrez to replace ozil.
    i think its about time arsenal bought riyad mahrez.
    match made in heaven.

    1. gotanidea

      We all have seen what Mahrez is doing in this season. I would prefer the one that is not tested yet in the Premier League, like Julian Draxler or Nabil Fekir, which could be a surprise.

  3. jon fox

    I honestly think Jack has lost much of what he once had before his constant injuries regressed his effectiveness. Though tough mentally his small body is often pushed over in the heat of the battle. I would however offer him a new contract, but only if he doesn’t want huge wages but he is never going to be a superstar now or at the level to replace OZIL as regular playmaker. Fact is constant injuries can kill top class talent. And he was only really top class at about age 17-20, thereafter a lesser and damaged player. Still a decent squad player though.

  4. The barrel

    Carzola, Welbeck, and Jack can play in Ozil position. I can’t wait to see Ozil leave Arsenal. It will only hurt when Sanchez leaves. He should be joined by Giroud, Debuchy, Ramsey, Xhaka, and Coquelin to the exit door

    1. arsenal#7

      Seriously just STOP.
      Welbeck is lucky to accidentally finish a sitter from six yards and Wilshere is an accident waiting to happen. Beside the fact that he s NOT and NEVER WILL BE IN OZIL’S CLASS.

      The shit Wenger is mouthing off about Wilshere playing higher up is nonsense. Wenger and Wilshire and Welbeck and Walcott should all go. I do not want any more names with W at this club. But luck. They all suck.

  5. Vlad

    Whenever I hear people talk about Wilshere replacing Ozil I can’t help it but laugh… hard. Because it’s the biggest joke ever. Ozil has more talent in one of his toes than Jackie boy in his whole body. People still point out to his game against Barcelona. But what they don’t understand is that game was actually one off for Wilshere. Sure, he can produce a bit of magic here and there on occasion but he’s largely a very average player. Add to this the fact that he’s more times injured than he’s not, and you’ve got yourself a dud. Another player sitting on huge wages without actually contributing much. Time to let him go. As for Ozil, I’m afraid that he’s gonna be a much bigger loss than Sanchez. Sanchez can be replaced with another speedy winger in the mold of Lemar, or Draxler. It’s much harder to find a creative player like Ozil, whom a lot of people (including myself) consider to be the best number 10 in the world. Sure, there are guys like him out there, like Kevin De Bruyne, for example, but most of them are not for sale and/or command huge fees/wages.

    1. arsenal#7

      Totally agree. Look at Barca since they lost Xavi and Iniesta is get older.

      Not many players like Ozil and almost irreplaceable. I would have paid him the 300k and got it over with. it will cost more to find anyone like him and considering we are paying ghost like Walcott 120k and Wilshere another 100 it seems a no brainer.

  6. Tat

    Why arsenal needs to persuade wilshere to stay? He should just sign new contract and say thank you to arsenal. Nobody wanted him in summer.

  7. Ozziegunner@Newcastle upon Hunter

    People complain about the infrequency of Ozil’s top class performances in the seasons he has played for Arsenal. Yet Wishere appears to be cut more slack, even though his memorable games have been fewer and over more seasons. Granted this has been because of Wilshire’s many injuries. Other clubs would probably not have been as patient as the Arsenal.

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