Arsenal’s German star Mesut Ozil, must be the most frustrated player in the Premiership right now. Our most talented midfielder is on record as creating around 180 chances for the other Arsenal players, but only seeing a measly 19 of them converted into goals, leaving him one short of the Premier League record currently held by Thierry Henry.
Now the season is over and he is over in Dubai at an Arsenal Soccer School, and he is obviously hoping to beat that record very easily next season, but he can’t do that unless Arsenal invest in some “strong players” that can be a bit more clinical in front of goal. He has also made it clear that he won’t start discussions on a new contract until after the Euros, by which time he will know whether Arsene Wenger is serious about aiming for the title next season or not.
“I think we dropped a lot of points we shouldn’t have against smaller teams.” Ozil told Gulf News. “That was a point in the season where we weren’t strong enough as a team to take a point and continue, especially after the Barcelona game.
“It’s a long season and a lot of things must go right, one factor is injuries and on the other hand we have to focus more, and focus on getting stronger players, to be competitive for next season.”
“I think we have a good strong team with players who have good character,” he continued. “Other teams will prepare for the new season with new transfers and be stronger than last season. We will also be stronger than last season. New players will come in to make the side stronger than this season. But this is a decision the people who are responsible for the club must make, not by me, so we will see what happens.”
So could Ozil have made it more clear that he wants Arsenal to match his ambitions? Regarding his contract talks he said: “I still have two years left on my contract with Arsenal,”
“We will be in talks with the club and see what happens in the future but now I want to concentrate on the Euros, which is very important for me and my team, after the World Cup,”
“Later on we will see what I will do with Arsenal.”
I seem to remember Ozil saying thing last year about Arsenal strengthening last summer, but we all know how that went. Let’s see if Wenger listens to him this time around shall we?