Pundits and fans calling for Unai Emery to reinstate Mesut Ozil
If there is one player that divides Arsenal fans it is Mesut Ozil. In fact, fans and pundits often take contradictory positions with themselves such is the divide.
Only this week I watched a couple of videos on AFTV with two of their most well known “faces” calling for Ozil to be included. DT and Troopz both want Emery to bring the German back and they are not the only ones.
Former Gunner turned TV Pundit Paul Merson, writing in the Daily Star, is also calling for Ozil to be utilised more, writing: “He’s a luxury player, and the manager has obviously decided he can’t carry a player like that in a team that’s already one of the worst around without the ball,”
“With these games coming up, Arsenal are going to have 70% of the possession. He thrives in those situations.
“Unai Emery should bring him in from the cold. But he won’t.
“If he plays Ozil and they win, he has to keep playing him, and the manager doesn’t want that. The manager wants him out.
“And if that’s the plan. Then they are going to have to swallow a pill and get rid of him in January come what may.”
Not sure about the last part but Merson is echoing a lot of opinions on here and elsewhere that Emery should at least have the playmaker on the bench.
The thing is this, why does anyone think that all of a sudden Ozil will be a different player?
He simply does nothing when he does not have the ball and that is no good in this current Premier League. Teams are set up to press high up and trackback, neither of which Ozil is particularly fond of doing.
Will Emery bring Ozil back? I think he will but I also think his time is done at the Emirates. A parting of ways is inevitable now.