First and foremost an assumption needs to be made and that is Mesut Ozil will continue to have a future at Arsenal.
That needs to be said with all the security issues surrounding the German, it is not far fetched to say that he may have played his last game for Arsenal.
But as I said, let’s assume that Ozil remains at Arsenal for the next two years.
How does Unai Emery utilise him? He is no longer that effective as a number 10 and his performances over the last couple of years have generally been substandard.
I know he has his defenders but the vast majority of fans, pundits, ex-players and so forth are of the opinion that Ozil does not deserve to start most games. An opinion Emery also seems to share.
But what a waste that would be, he is paid a fortune because at the time of the contract negotiations, he was worth it. On his day Ozil can be world-class, but those days are not so often any more.
Now, this is where learning from Tottenham comes in.
On Saturday I watched the game between them and Aston Villa and I was ecstatic to see the Spurs go one down and as the game dragged on I started to feel that Villa may get something from the game.
Tottenham absolutely dominated them in the second half and their class was showing but they simply were not making the breakthroughs they needed to.
That all changed when Christian Eriksen came on, he completely turned the game around.
That was not by design I can assure you, Mauricio Pochettino did not think to use the Dane as some sort of super-sub because you can take it to the bank that Eriksen will normally be an automatic starter.
But the point is that when he came on he changed the game and that is where Ozil could come in, not as a starter but as some sort of super-sub when the game needs changing.
The one thing about Ozil is that he retains the ability to open up games with a single pass and bring him on the 70th minute or so when Arsenal need a goal I feel is the best time to use him in a game these days.
Using him as a starter is no longer that effective, he goes missing far to often but that would not happen if he is brought on late in the game when Arsenal are dominating but struggling to force their way through a stubborn defence.
Anyway, that is what I mean when I say that Arsenal could learn from Tottenham when it comes to Mesut Ozil, even if it was not meant by our bitter rivals.