Although all the focus this summer seems to have been about Alexis Sanchez not signing a new contract with Arsenal, but there are others like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil who are in exactly the same position. We know Gibbs has had some talks with other teams, and the Ox appears to have decided to not sign a new contract for the moment, and now Ozil is being linked with a bid from Barcelona if they fail to persuade Liverpool to sell them Coutinho.
As far as I’m concerned, Arsenal’s pre season games and the recent Emirates Cup have shown that Ozil has not improved from his dismal hot and cold performances from last season. He still seems ineffectual and seems to disappear as the game progresses. But it’s still early, and hopefully our midfield magician can get back to his best with a few competitive premier league games under his belt.
But just say Barca did turn up with a money-spinning offer for the German, would Arsenal benefit from losing Ozil and gaining a midfielder with more impact, or would we be less creative in unlocking defences ?
Would Arsenal be the better for swapping Ozil for Rakatic and Rafhina or use that money to lure the likes of Isco or Pjanic to the Emirates? Perhaps selling Ozil instead of being held ransom for exorbitant wages which he does not justify would serve as an example to the rest that nobody is indispensable or bigger than the club?
Ozil can be truly magnificent when playing at his best and to his strengths so perhaps with Lacazette he might be able to become the assist king once again, but would Arsenal fan be really bothered if we let him go?