Agent recalls Ozil’s difficult last days at Arsenal

Mesut Ozil was one of Arsenal’s fans’ favourites for much of his time at the Emirates, but the end to the German’s spell was not how he or the club wanted.

The midfielder was a key man under Arsene Wenger, but he began to lose his influence under Unai Emery and then Mikel Arteta.

The Spanish boss gave up on trying to get the German to work hard enough for his side and Ozil was soon banished from the first team.

He eventually left the club and his agent, Erkut Sogut, has recalled those final days and admits they were really difficult times.

He said via Mirror Football: ‘It is always difficult when the player is not playing, especially a player on the scale of Mesut Ozil – he was the hero a couple of years ago, and then a few years later you’re not even in the squad so it is not easy for a player to be in that situation and it is not easy for me as an agent.

‘You want the player to be happy and you want the club to be happy, it makes things more difficult but you also have to be professional, it is what it is. The most important thing is to respect each other, to look each other in the eyes despite the difference of opinion.’

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Ozil was one of our key men when he was at the Emirates, but as soon as his influence began to drop, things did not go as planned and the midfielder had to leave.

Some fans will remember him for earning a lot of money in his last contract and doing very little for the club on the pitch, but at the peak of his career, he did well for the club.

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  1. I HAD hoped this fraud had gone out, along with old fashioned light bulbs and and the visits of the Rag and Bone man.

    Come to think of, it the rag and bone man suddenly seems very apt!
    Whatever next! Gus Caesar perhaps?

  2. Another desperately biased article. Arteta dropping Özil had nothing to with his way of playing but the club dubiously trying to get him to forgo wages (which he justifiably refused) and also protect their Chinese market. While I’m certainly not his biggest fan and am happy he’s long gone, I think it’s injustice to always point out his contract and subsequent fallout with the club without giving anywhere near equal mention to his glorious days for us. We won our first trophy in many years in his first season with us. Most footballers cannot and will not match his footballing CV. Give the guy a break

  3. Seems like Just Arsenal is obsessed with Ozil…😂😂😂
    I’m gonna do what the Chinese fans were doing
    I’m gonna burn Ozil t shirts in protest…😂😂😂

  4. Jakes, for a while ago,a good while in fact, JA was in remission from the disease of constant Ozil articles.
    But that remission has , unhappily, relapsed. Sigh!

    1. Hi. Mr Jon Fox
      Also in the comments section and I did respond to some of them
      I love reading the comments
      There were some rumor article I don’t read but I’ll click to read the comments

  5. Jack they also treated the couch Arsene wenger the same way they treaded Ozil Asenal don’t appreciate what the players and couch did for them if it weren’t for Arsene the wouldn’t have been in the position they are

  6. In my opinion, Ozil just didn’t fit Arteta’s ideal style of play. His work off the ball did not suit us suited a team that likes the playmaker, when his team is off the ball, to take up an open position ready to receive the ball if his team was to win it. He was not going to press press press and force half chances nor will he duel with players. Pass accuracy meant a lot to him, he’d rather pass it safe-keeping possession than try and force issues as Jesus or Martinelli or Odegaard and Saka might. His style just didn’t suit our game. Footballing reasons over everything else that has gone on, didn’t permit

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