It was thought that the chances of Mesut Ozil leaving Arsenal before his lucrative contract expires were minimal, however, that may no longer be the case.
The repeated security threats to him and his family must be having some effect and if anything is going to force the German playmaker into a rethink over seeing his contract out, it would be his family and their safety.
It is also being reported that representatives of the 30-year-old will be jetting off to the USA next week to begin talks with DC United over the possibility of Ozil replacing Wayne Rooney.
That in itself is not as straightforward as it seems, it would involve pay cuts, Arsenal subsidising Ozils salary and so on but it is obviously being considered otherwise talks would not be scheduled for next week.
When a player cannot play football because of security then there is a huge issue and that is exactly where we are right now with Ozil.
You couple that with a potential move to the USA and all of a sudden it does not look to far fetched that Ozil could be on his way out of Arsenal far sooner than most of us anticipated.
Another factor could be that the lack of first-team opportunities comes into play as well and that is also a real possibility that Ozil will have to weigh up.
All things considered, I do feel that Ozil could soon depart North London.