Posted on November 24, 2017 by ADMIN

Would Mata plus money for Ozil be a good swap for Arsenal?

The future of Germany international midfielder Mesut Ozil has long been up for discussion, and further speculation throughout 2017 has seen more doubt cast over his club career at Arsenal beyond this term.

A move during the January transfer window has even been mooted, with the Gunners’ bitter league rivals Manchester United reportedly being the prime admirers of Ozil’s attacking attributes. The Red Devils were linked heavily with swooping for the German during the summer transfer window, but Arsenal retained their playmaker’s services into this current season.

Since then, the rumours have persisted and now Spain international attacker Juan Mata has been thrust into the situation, with a swap deal plus cash involving the creative spark being tipped to happen in the coming months.

But would overseeing the departure of Ozil to league rivals Man Utd in exchange for a suitably likewise playmaker in Mata, plus a substantial transfer fee for good measure, be a good deal for Arsene Wenger’s capital club?

Arsenal find themselves at 5/1 in the football betting odds to end the current Premier League campaign as the highest finishing London club ahead of rivals Chelsea and Tottenham. This may look a tough task at the present moment, but signing someone of Mata’s calibre could boost their chances significantly for the remainder of the season.

Mata is currently involved in a promising Man United side, one that looks seemingly capable of battling long into the top-flight season for the league title come next May. The fan favourite at Old Trafford has been a key part of his side’s early surge domestically, as they sit in an encouraging position in the standings at this stage of the campaign.

So would the Spaniard be willing to depart the club and arrive at Arsenal, while Ozil heads in the opposite direction to Manchester? There are, of course, positives and negatives for the Spain star in doing so in the near future.

Ozil has been linked with a reunion with former Real Madrid manager Mourinho for quite some time and such a move could soon come to fruition. Ozil has become a dividing character in London, with the German being a creative wizard at times, while also going missing throughout the season as well.


Mata, Ibrahimovic, Mkhitaryan 144841 by Станислав Ведмидь (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Mata would provide Wenger with an alternative but more hard-working option in the number 10 role, with the Spaniard not shy of getting involved in the dirty and defensive side of things of late. This wasn’t always the case, though, with Mourinho having previously overseen his departure from Chelsea when the pair worked together at Stamford Bridge because of his lack of work ethic.

Could Mourinho send Mata packing once again in his managerial career? Whatever the Portuguese boss would be letting go of would be Wenger’s gain, though.

The now 29-year-old has won everything there is to win in the game, so would bring a wealth of experience to Arsenal, on top of his attacking talents. With money seemingly involved in the mooted deal for Ozil too, this is a highly promising switch for all Gunners fans.

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10 thoughts on “Would Mata plus money for Ozil be a good swap for Arsenal?

  1. Sukhjot Gunner

    Yes he has won everything and will bring tons of experience but he’s kinda got the same type pf problem as ozil has-work rate and sometimes when he does not see enough of the ball he goes missing completely from the game. So I would prefer us to go for someone who’s young,hungry and is looking to prove that he is amongst the best in the business. I would go for someone like Goretzka,Lemar over Mata.

    1. Vlad

      Goretzka and Lemar are not number 10’s. One is more of a deep lying playmaker, B2B kind of player; and another a winger. They would be good additions, but would probably replace Xhaka (or Ramsey); and Alexis. Ozil is a special talent. Frankly, I’m not sure who we can get to replace him at this point. Mata would be okay, but he’s a different type of player, IMHO, more like Santi Cazorla. It has to be someone with both creativity, and speed. Someone like KdB. Unfortunately, not a lot of players like around.

  2. gotanidea

    Yes, it would be a good swap, because I reckon Mata is more skillful than Ozil. When Mata possesses the ball, he is not easily robbed, because of his close ball control, like Cazorla’s.

    Like what the others said, I prefer younger player in Ozil’s position, like Lemar, Rafinha, Sergi Roberto, Jean Seri, Draxler, etc.

  3. Stephan Larose

    No.

    Ozil creates far more chances and is a better player overall. Mata is old and slow. He would not link up with Lacazette and Sanchez the way Ozil does.

    We need to look for younger, more skillful players.

  4. Gelz

    We no longer play with a traditional number 10, so swapping Ozil for Mata and playing him out of position also doesn’t make sense. I’m no football manager but if you need a right sided attacker you get a right sided attacker.

  5. Arsenal4Life

    No, he is way past his best. If we sell Ozi – I hope not- (and Sanchez -should leave-) we have to change the way we play. Nabil Fekir would be an excellent replacement for Ozil (or sanchez).

    Wenger (or the next manager) must have an formation and play of style he wants to play and search players who will fit into his system in stead of buy players and choose the formation and play style which is the best for these players.

  6. Nothing changed

    If Mata’s contract is not about to run out we would have to pay a lot of money to get Mata in a swap deal. Ozil would be on a free a few months later so unless the same goes for Mata I doubt Wenger would add enough cash to get this deal done.

  7. Jeremy

    Oh pls, after given an eye opener for some of the slower players in team, we are linked to another really slow player.

    After going past 30, Mata will be even slower. This is BPL, he will not stand a chance.

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