Mesut Ozil could be on his way out of the Emirates, does he need replacing?
The latest rumours regarding Mesut Ozil is that he could be leaving for Fenerbahce on loan in January. If that transpires then expect a lot of media reports on potential replacements for the German.
But does Arsenal really need to replace the 30-year-old?
Unai Emery is not too keen on playing a system that requires a number ten and the Ozil role does appear to be a dying one.
Football has evolved and certain roles become less important and the number ten is one such role. It used to be a critical position, not so much these days.
But let’s assume that Emery decides he needs a number ten in his squad, does he really need to sign one?
Dani Ceballos, Reiss Nelson, Gabriel Martinelli, Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and even Nicolas Pepe can play that role comfortably enough. None of them may be a specialist number ten, though Ceballos would be as close as you could get, all can do the role.
The speculation will be rife and headlines like Arsenal identify Ozil replacement will be splashed all over the Internet. That, however, does not mean that Arsenal actually needs or want a replacement.
I do not believe Arsenal will seek a replacement for Ozil, I feel they have enough back-up already. I also do not feel a number ten will play a pivotal role for Arsenal going forward.