Will Arteta be brave enough to reinstate Ozil in January?

Is Arteta Brave Enough To Recall Ozil? By Dan Smith

Okay, I think most readers on Justarsenal have given their opinion on Ozil. This though isn’t me asking should the player be registered in January; the question is do you think Arteta will have the bravery to do so?

While I stop short at Paul Merson’s call that Arsenal apologise to the German, I have never hid my belief that him being dropped was not a footballing decision. Given what’s happened in the midfielder’s absence, our manager would struggle with a straight face to maintain that creatively we have a better option then a World Cup winner.

Our current midfield have had since June (21 League Fixtures) to prove themselves. In that time we finished in our worst Prem position in 25 years and have made our worst start in the Prem era.

My argument has never been Ozil is the answer, but do we have anyone better? Anyone who claims that Ozil shouldn’t at least be on the bench either has an agenda, is making this personal, or is scared to say they were wrong.

We are 15th and terrible to watch. We just watched a North London Derby where Spurs let us have possession and we resorted to poor crosses because we don’t have an individual who can unlock a defence.

Like Ozil’s biggest critics pointed out how we won the FA Cup without him, you can’t be selective and ignore when we are simply not making chances.

Apart from falling into the bottom three I’m not sure what more the team would have to do to show they need any creative help they can get! You can’t tell me with a straight face, if 10 minutes is left in a game and you need a goal, we have anyone else better?

That’s why I use the word bravery when pondering if Arteta does a U-turn. Because it does take bravery to admit you made a mistake, that you got something so wrong.

To be a top coach you stick to your convictions not what the outside is saying. If you’re mentored by Pep Guardiola, your taught to stick to your principles. Arteta might feel he undermines himself by performing a U turn, that it will be damaging to admit to his dressing room he’s wasted half a campaign paying someone to sit at home, yet it’s just as damaging for senior players to think that their manager can’t see an obvious issue.

Equally for the sake of his job, can he afford to be going into February still struggling for creativity?

By all accounts Ozil is popular within the squad, so his teammates will know deep down if this his inclusion is based on ability.

The problem is if our talents feel it is affecting them? Is Aubameyang (at the Lane last Sunday), Thinking every time the ball goes out wide; ‘if only Ozil was here?’

That’s the biggest issue for Arteta, once senior players start asking the obvious questions.

Especially if they are not seeing anything wrong with the player’s attitude in training.

Only so many times you can walk away bemoaning a lack of creativity, then see someone proven being paid 350,000 thousand pound to sit at home.

Don’t get me wrong, Ozil has his flaws but the difference is we know he can deliver; we don’t know that about those currently being picked.

Players are professional enough to know a player falling out with management happens. In that sense, is it worth the drama over someone who won’t be in North London this time next year?

To counter that though, isn’t the most important thing the club? Can’t all parties be mature enough to work together for a few months for the sake of the badge, then go their separate ways?

The point that many are missing is Ozil is still getting paid, he’s laughing all the way to the bank.

So for the sake of the Stan Kroenke’s pride, saving paying a few bonuses, or avoiding upsetting TV networks in China, the only losers here are the fans.

Let’s say we fail to win this Sunday. Let’s say fans queue up to write how we lack creativity, we are not good to watch, etc – in that moment do you truly care that ‘thank goodness though our Billionaire owner isn’t having to pay Ozil his bonus’? Or ‘Well we are 15th, but at least our games will be broadcasted in China.’

There’s this myth among our fanbase. If you dare suggest that Ozil might possibly be able to help out a squad in 15th, you are accused of being a ‘fan boy.’ In reality, I don’t care about Ozil. I do care about what’s best for Arsenal.

I’m aware that Ozil is getting his money, and he and his agent will have already worked out his next lucrative move. Our owner is a Billionaire who due to TV revenue no longer cares where we finish in the League. So I feel sorry for neither.

What I can do is take the emotion out of things and look at them factually.

Ozil is an employee of Arsenal Football Club. If he’s being paid to do anything else but give his best to the team I love, I want a good reason – something that his employers have failed to do.

We went along with this nonsense that it was ‘footballing reasons’ and in terms of coping without him, it couldn’t have gone worse.

If long term a striker wasn’t scoring, or a keeper was letting in too many goals, you would look at your other resources. That’s their job, right?

A strikers is paid to score goals, a keeper to keep them out.

So what’s a midfielder’s job?

To create?

How many chances should we give the current midfield to do that?

They had more than enough chances to do that and haven’t done so yet.

The irony is many (including myself) believe that the decision is being made above Arteta’s head. Therefore the Spaniard is essentially a shield for bosses who won’t think twice about sacking him for lacking the creativity that they took away from the team in the first place.

At the very least, I would like Arteta to have some gumption and demand we finally replace Ozil in January. That way we can carry on paying someone to sit at home (because that’s important to us for some reason) but the team still have creativity.

That’s the most important thing – correct, “the team.”

If the Kroenke family don’t care when Arsenal are down in 15th place, they never will.

Remember the aim by this point was to be competing with the likes of Bayern Munich.

We have failed miserably to reach that target, the furthest away from being Champions since we were Invincibles in 2004.

Last January, Man United responded to being far away from the top 4 by buying Bruno Fernandes because their team lacked creativity.

Let’s see what our owners do to help us.

If they turn round and claim they are only willing to do loan signings, then Arteta needs to recall Ozil. He needs to, but will he?

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Dan

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22 Comments

  1. Dan kit says:

    Maybe Pat or Martin could do a good old fashion poll on here to see what the just justArsenal crowd think on his reinstatement.
    Because some self proclaimed Realists seem to think that they speak for the whole of our fan base but in reality there seems to be a growing number of fans who want to see him back .
    I would love to know the figures on here just to see what what other fans actually want

      1. Reggie says:

        Wont let me vote.

        1. Dan kit says:

          You can only vote no once Reggie 😂

    1. Sue says:

      Nice one, Dan (& Pat 😉)

    2. Bobs says:

      Me voting for Ozil reinstate doesn’t mean i believe Ozil is the solution or Ozil is better than others.
      I only voted Yes cos i believe Ozil should be in the squad no matter what is performance is cos no matter how bad Ozil is, he still performs against the middle teams.

      But Ozil should count himself lucky cos if he was in this current mess, he will be blamed for everything.

      I believe even with or without Ozil, Arsenal need a change in tactics.
      With Ozil and this same tactics, we wont get anywhere.
      Our midfielders dont play as a midfielder, they are always on the wings.

      Even if we buy De Bruyne and Messi and Ronaldo(which are all better than Ozil) we wont still get anywhere with this tactics.

  2. Pirate Dandy says:

    😂 The man even patted his chest. He didn’t just lie with a straight face.

  3. Arsenal20 says:

    Xhaka and Bellerin are Arsenal problems. One’s u play them, there must be someone behind them to cover up otherwise…

  4. Francis says:

    Ozil might be reinstated once a few of our Overseas players like Mustafi and Kolasinac is sold

  5. Unge says:

    I beleive the earliest we can have Ozil back is on 6th Feb for the game away at Villa Park.By then Ozil will have taken 336 days without playing any kind of competitive football,his last game being against West Ham on 7th March.

    He will need atleast 4 games to click in.And thats our hope?If he is brought back it will be for a peripheral role,not to be the main man

  6. Reggie says:

    No he shouldn’t be reinstated if Arteta thinks he isn’t good enough and thats what it boils down too. Also Ozil wont be reinstated, nothing has changed with him.

  7. Jah son says:

    Arteta won’t make it until February.

  8. Iain Adams says:

    It has to be said that this clamour to see Ozil back in seems to be based on memories of ability rather than the naked truth of his current levels.

    Lets look at this objectively:
    2019/20 season – created 1 big chance in 18 apps
    2018/19 season – created 3 big chances in 24 apps
    2017/18 season – created 13 in 26 apps
    2016/17 season – created 9 in 33 apps
    2015/16 season – created 28 in 35 apps

    That I think says it all. Ozil has been steadily going downhill and has actually been piss poor since 2017/18 season. Certainly not a shadow of the player in 2015/16.

    Even more stark is this – look at Granit Xhakas creative numbers since 17/18.

    19/20 – created 1 big chance in 31 apps
    18/19 – created 5 big chances from 29 apps.

    Even Ceballos on loan has offered 3 in 34 – better than Ozils performance the last 2 seasons

    Xhaka is about as creative as a chest of drawers with lead lining so the fact that they look similar tells you that Mesut is a busted flush and not fit for HIS purpose any more. Ozil’s lack of games is down to his mysterious back issues which seem to exacerbate on cold monday nights up North. I maintain the ridiculous contract is NOT his fault and should have no bearing. I loved what he bought when in his pomp – but that lads, was a long time ago.

    1. Allen says:

      I believe Iain Adams is confusing “assist” with “create”, going by the stats he has presented here.

      1. Pirate Dandy says:

        😂😂😂 Allen, and he/she must’ve tapped the Post Comment tab with more energy than Thor.

    2. Pirate Dandy says:

      Iain, Ozil had the most chances created of all Arsenal players with Pepe coming second last season.

      1. ken1945 says:

        Such facts/stats are met with blinkers by some, Pirate Dandy.
        At least the current poll shows that most of us can and do actually watch games and can see what is happening on the field.

  9. Yossarian says:

    As much I was a huge fan of Ozil when he was playing well, that was a long time ago. Arteta is building for the future and Ozil seems like a step backwards, although I guess it can’t hurt having him available if he’s capable of producing a swan-song finale for his Arsenal career. But that’s a very, very big “IF” and I just can’t see it happening.

    In terms of lacking creativity I think Xhaka is a massive problem. Ceballos and Partey have plenty of creativity and getting them working properly in midfield could solve a lot of this problem (Without Xhaka getting in the way and killing off all the movement). Also central defenders with better creative vision wouldn’t hurt. Luis (And even Mustafi) can play nice accurate long balls, but Magalhaes and Mari seem to be more clever / creative and could make a difference (IE. To be more like Sol Campbell / Rio Ferdinand type players) so we have that creative “Spine” down the middle of the pitch.

  10. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    I don’t think the former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, persistent statements making in the media aiming to force the hand of Mikel Arteta the current Arsenal manager to reinstate the Arsenal FC midfielder Mesut Ozil to the official AFC team squad.

    But who was excluded from the club’s players official summer registration of two team squad lists. But after all it will not work.

    It will not work because the reasons why Ozil was deregistered which are football relayed are still very much prevalent. For, Ozil’s anti-China Moslem comment that has cost Arsenal to substantially lost TV football cable subscription revenue in China was financially monumental.

    And his refusal to give his ascent for a deduction of a certain percentage from his wages that the club are paying him which was a general action taken by the club authorities that affected every Arsenal wage earner at the club to steady the dwindling financial state of the club’s finances that were then Coronovirus Pandemic lockdown imparted at that time.

    But Ozil in his selfishness, I too know, disrespecting the club’s hierarchies and his I don’t care attitudes toward Arsenal FC would have none of any temporary deductions from his Arsenal wages by the club.

    Now, how can I be convinced that these two anti-Arsenal negatives which Ozil has invoked against Arsenal FC and still hell bent to see that his invoked negatives against AFC are continuing are not football related matters for which the club have decided to deregistered him for their summer campaign this season?

    Ozil is reported to have amassed a financial fortune of over £100m at Arsenal to his pocket during the seven seasons that he has been at AFC. So, this guy Ozil must be very rich to his teeth even with what has accrued to him alone at Arsenal has made him very rich already. Not to talk of the money riches he has accumulated to himself elsewhere before he joined Arsenal.

    So therefore, I suggest let Ozil be left alone to be enjoying the money riches he made. Which is apparently is the source of his strength that is giving him power to talk anyhow to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta. And consequently showing disrespect to AFC.

    1. Sid says:

      Ok, losing substantial TV money in china is not okay, but losing fans worldwide due to our currrent style and performances is okay. Most fans around the world subscribe to Arsenal’s playstyle. If they are continuously served a different approach to the game, a duller one, if you will, then maybe the global fanbase would decrease. And regarding the incidemts you mentioned, I think every incident has 2 sides and we just know the side that came in the media. And please can you simplify your writeup, cause I think your long paragraphs make use of many similar words, redundancy I think.

  11. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    I don’t think the former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, persistent statements making in the media aiming to force the hand of Mikel Arteta the current Arsenal manager to reinstate the Arsenal FC midfielder Mesut Ozil to the official AFC registered team squad.

    But who was excluded from the club’s players official summer registration of two team squad lists. But registering him for the next winter campaign will not work in my own foreseeing.

    It will not work because the reasons why Ozil was deregistered which are football related are still very much prevalent. For, Ozil’s anti-China Moslem comment that has cost Arsenal to substantially lost TV football cable subscription revenue in China was financially monumental.

    And his refusal to give his ascent for the deduction of a certain percentage from his wages that the club are paying him which was a general action taken by the club’s authorities that affected every Arsenal wage earner at the club to steady the dwindling financial state of the club’s finances that were then Coronovirus Pandemic lockdown imparted at a point in time.

    But Ozil in his selfishness, I too know, disrespecting the club’s hierarchies and his I don’t care attitudes toward Arsenal FC would have none of any temporary deductions from his Arsenal wages by the club.

    Now, how can I be convinced that these two anti-Arsenal negatives which Ozil has invoked against Arsenal FC and still hell bent to see that his invoked negatives against AFC are continuing are not football related matters for which the club have decided to deregistered him for their summer campaign this season?

    Ozil is reported to have amassed a financial fortune of over £100m at Arsenal to his pocket during the seven seasons that he has been at AFC. So, this guy Ozil must be very rich to his teeth even with what has accrued to him alone at Arsenal has made him very rich already. Not to talk of the money riches he has accumulated to himself elsewhere before he joined Arsenal.

    So therefore, I suggest let Ozil be left alone to be enjoying the money riches he has made. Which apparently is the source of his strength that is giving him power and boldness to talk anyhow to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta. And consequently showing disrespect to AFC.

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