There is no doubt now that either Unai Emery does not like picking Mesut Ozil any more, or the player himself has no interest in trying to get into the Arsenal first team. The German has started just one League game this season (same as Calum Chambers!) and had the embarrassment of being named in the League Cup team that faced Nottm Forest in midweek, a competition that is usually filled with peripheral squad players and youngsters in the early rounds.
He was also excused from going to the away Europa League game at Eintracht Frankfurt, with Emery saying “Sokratis and Mesut (are) rested for that match. We’re going to play another match on Sunday,” according to Sky Sports. Amazingly, he needed to be rested so that he could sit on the bench against Villa for the whole 90 minutes!
Well now, according to John Cross in the Mirror, who normally claims that he has insider knowledge from the Arsenal camp, is asserting that Emery tried to get Ozil to go out on loan this summer, but because there were no takers he is looking for any possible options in January, and Arsenal are even prepared to pay towards his wages and still reduce the curent wage bill.
The Mirror report said: “Arsenal want to loan out Mesut Ozil in January – even if they have to subsidise his wages.
“World Cup winner Ozil is Arsenal’s top earner on £350,000-a-week but is a bit part player under Unai Emery.
“Arsenal would therefore rather let him go out on loan and another club pay part of his wages rather than allow him to just sit on the bench or make the odd appearance.”
I know that many of our readers still think Ozil should be picked every week, but aren’t the circumstances looking more and more like that is unlikely to happen? Should he just leave just so he can get a game on a regular basis?