Last year, Arsenal’s early season form was disrupted by the Alexis Sanchez sulking and the Mesut Ozil contract negotiations, and this time around we have the Aaron Ramsey contract and still have the circus that follows Mesut Ozil’s every move.
First off all we had the farce of the midfielder getting the blame for Germany’s failure at the World Cup and his subsequent retirement from international football, and now every pundit around is talking about Ozil because he was supposedly ‘dropped’ by Unai Emery, despite the continual denials.
Now the talk has gone back to his ‘lazy’ attitude, and ‘going missing in big games’, and any other criticism you could think of!
Stan Collymore thinks that Arsenal should just sell Ozil as he is never going to change his ways and he is not that good anyway. “Arsenal should let Mesut Ozil go at the end of the season because he is not the soldier Unai Emery is going to need,” he said.
“He requires more than technique from Ozil. Emery needs grinders and grafters.
“Players with less technique than him but more energy, heart and spirit.
“Ozil has coasted for the last two or three years and so have Arsenal.
“But Emery will have no intention of doing the same.
“They should sit down with him, shake his hand and say to him he is a cracking player, but also a luxury player Arsenal can’t afford right now.”
But the problem is, that if Arsenal cannot afford him then who can? He will turn 30 in October and after signing a contract in January for 300k+ a week, who else would even be able to pay him that sort of wages? Unless he was wooed by some billionaire in America or China and try to resurrect his career that way, is it even possible Arsenal could sell him. The big teams in Europe that could afford him like PSG, Real Madrid or Man City, are they going to take a chance on a 30 year-old that looks past his best?
I think Arsenal are stuck with him so we may as well try and get the best out of him. Maybe he could return as a supersub?