Mesut Ozil likely to depart the Emirates in January but is it a sensible move?
The departure of Mesut Ozil in January is looking very likely but is Arsenal shooting themselves in the foot?
Arsenal will probably have to pay a significant sum of money towards Ozil’s wage in the event of any deal. So, from a financial perspective, there is hardly a windfall on the horizon.
Ozil is still a quality player with the ability to turn a game on its head. The problem with the 30-year-old is that he does not work hard enough when the ball is lost. Well, not in Emery’s eyes.
But that only becomes a big issue if Ozil starts a game, it would be different if he was brought on as a sub.
We are not talking about a player introduced into a game for defensive reasons. He would be brought on to open the game up, to create a goal.
That is what Ozil is more than capable of doing so why not have that sort of game-changer on the bench?
There will be times when Arsenal need a breakthrough as a game nears its end. Is there a better player to turn to in that sort of moment than Ozil? Not at Arsenal in my opinion.
We have seen Christian Eriksen do it for Spurs and even the likes of Jesus at Man City, another two players that do not typically trackback but have that ability to create a goal from nothing.
No one is suggesting making Ozil captain and first name on the team sheet but as an impact sub, he could be invaluable.