I Pick Ozil Over Emery! by Dan Smith
I accept it was a sickness bug that kept Ozil out this weekend, but in general it’s clear the only way the midfielder has a future at the Emirates is if there was a change of manager. I’m not saying the German doesn’t have his faults, I’m not arguing about his lack of work ethic, or the point that he lacks consistency to be considered World Class. It’s just what the two represent.
Ivan Gazidis said that Uni Emery was the first choice out of a 30 man shortlist, due to sharing the club’s long held tradition of free flow attacking football. Yet he insists on a back 5 with two DMs. The few times he doesn’t he plays 3 DMs. Even against a side bottom of the league we sacrificed an offensive talent for a defensive one. It’s not like he’s improved our defence, and on the eye it’s not fun to watch us play anymore. Ozil at least has a footballing brain, takes care of the ball, can do something wow in the final third.
Emery more and more is looking like a defensive coach. This is a man who also told the board that Ramsey wasn’t worth the salary that has been agreed. So he’s willing to lose a goal scoring midfielder but reward Iwobi with a new deal? I’m not so much arguing the merits of Rambo and Ozil, more not trusting our boss to replace them. We know Ozil’s flaws but with a limited budget do you trust Emery to get any better? The fear is now he prefers hard working, functional talent over any one with flair. He’s getting rid of our star names while our owner refuses to bring any in.
Very soon, opposition will look at the team sheet and have nothing to fear.