Gossip and controversy follow Arsenal’s German midfielder everywhere it seems, and after the debacle at the World Cup Mesut Ozil came back to rumours of depression and a rift with the new manager Unai Emery. Ozil was substituted in one game and was then out of the next game with a supposed illness.
With this in mind, the ex-Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas is convinced that Ozil will not put up with being told what to do by Emery and will leave the Gunners in January unless he buckles down to his new instructions. It’s not as if Ozil needs to win a jackpot at Slots Baby Casino to maintain his lifestyle as he is a millionaire many times over. So I’m sure he could handle a drop in wages if he got unhappy with life at Arsenal. ‘If this isn’t improved by January, and a decent offer comes in, Arsenal will let him go,’ Nicholas said. ‘It keeps coming up that Fenerbahce and these sort of clubs would be interested in looking at him.
‘I don’t know financially how they could do it, (perhaps) some of the Chinese money that has been floating about. ‘There will be teams that are interested and I’ll tell you how it will end up working. ‘It wouldn’t be a salary thing, it would be a big chunk of money that he would get and that would nurse the bruising that his salary would have to drop a bit. ‘But the thing is, is he really that committed to it? ‘I think we are starting to identify that the new manager, it’s taken him quite a bit of time, is getting on fine with him, but he will be saying ‘if you’re not playing well, you’ll be out the team’, and he will not accept that Ozil.’
That is an interesting theory, but can you really see Ozil refusing to play for Emery when he is getting such massive wages? And would Emery really bench him if he can’t follow his instructions? Would Ozil take a pay cut to go and play in Turkey? There are more questions here than answers….