Would Ozil move on from Arsenal?? by JH
I write this article with a degree of trepidation, earlier I wrote an article about Arsenal being one player from greatness, a striker. In said article I asked what the point is in having a Mesut Ozil when we don’t have a top striker, now my mind has shifted to something more disturbing, what if Mesut Ozil feels the same way?
Mesut has been our standout player this season, he leads the assist charts and chances created charts comfortably, he looks set to break Henry’s record for assists and Lampard’s record for chances created, in short Ozil is on the verge of having the most creative season in PL history.
If your not an Arsenal fan, you may say Ozil should be happy then, his chances are being converted, but we Gunners know that to be false, in fact our profligacy in front of goal is abysmal, right now roughly 1 out of every 8 chances Ozil creates is converted, now that doesn’t make for great reading, but it gets even worse when you think about it deeper.
We all know the genius of Mesut Ozil, the effortless creativity, the superhuman vision, so let me ask you within those 8 chances in which only 1 is scored, how many are difficult chances? 1? 2 maybe, 3 is probably a stretch. Which means of those 8 chances, lets say 5/6 are great chances, yet we convert just one.
I, as I am sure many here have, have seen Ozil get frustrated with poor finishing and movement many times this year, our mastermind has been the assist machine for Real Madrid and Germany, he is used to having the movement and finishing of Ronaldo, Higuain, Muller, Benzema, Reus and so on. Now he is trying to bring out the best in Walcott, Giroud, Chamberlain, they aren’t good enough for Arsenal Football Club, they are not good enough for Mesut Ozil. I am sure in the aftermath of the Barca game, he would have looked at the MSN and wondered what he could do behind those 3, hell even behind just one of them.
I fear deeply that failure to buy someone who has the ability to make the most of Ozil’s ability may lead to him looking for a club who already has one, Ozil has Henry’s record in his sights but the fact is he would have already surpassed it had our strikers been lethal, something they are incapable of doing. Ozil is now in his peak, now is the time for him to break records, win cups, win the league, and even the champions league, if we cannot provide that, chances are he will find someone who will.
What do you guys think? Will Ozil refuse a new contract or stay to provide the wasteful Giroud?? Or will failure to sign a true finisher lead to us losing the greatest creative mind we will see for many years?
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