There is an interesting Arsenal rumour in todays Express saying that the Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is looking to poach Mesut Ozil next summer if the World Cup winner continues to be played out of position and fails to impress when forced to play as a winger.
Ozil had a fantastic game against Aston Villa last weekend when Wenger finally allowed him to play in his free-roaming Number 10 role, but after the game, the manager made it clear that Ozil will not be given that role permanently. Wenger said: “He played very well and had a good understanding with Danny Welbeck.
“It was a good partnership because they gave each other balls to score.
“It is tempting to keep Ozil in that central role but I maintain again that he will play where he is needed for the balance of the team and that can change game by game.”
I’m not sure I understand Mr Wenger’s thinking (who does!) but I CAN see Ozil himself becoming very frustrated if continually used in less effective positions, and maybe looking to work for a different manager that recognises his strengths. Likewise Wenger himself may consider selling our record-breaking arrival if he continues to act like a “one-trick pony” for the rest of the season, or if Ozil starts sulking when he doesn’t get his wish to play in his favoured position.
Wenger demands versatility in all his players and if Ozil doesn’t fit the bill he may seriously consider selling him to the German giants. It may be a little early to speculate on this possibility, but on his performances so far would you be happy to let Ozil move to Munich?