The Mesut Ozil Arsenal burden; to sell or to keep?


Mesut Ozil has endured what one could refer to as a mixed spell at Arsenal, having had good and bad moments since joining the Gunners in 2013.

The fact that his first season at the club coincided with the end of a 9-year long trophy drought is one of the reasons that endears him to the Gunners faithful but it seems cashing in on the German might just be the reasonable course of action.

Reasons to keep

The very first reason to consider keeping Mesut Ozil at Arsenal is simply because he’s Mesut Ozil, a world class player with a proven track record at both club and national level.

Another reason to keep might just be a lack of realistic suitors, as it might be a struggle to get a reasonable offer for a 30-year old midfielder with two years still left to run on his contract.

It’s a bit of a struggle to find any reason that isn’t sentimental to justify Ozil getting another year as an Arsenal player.

Reasons to sell

There are a good number of reasons to show Ozil the door at the Emirates stadium, first of which is the fact that the manager, Unai Emery does not seem to fancy him.

Emery made it clear at several points last season that Mesut Ozil was not in his tactical plans with the Spanish manager adopting a 4-4-2 formation rather than the 4-2-3-1 often adopted by the former manager, Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal coach, Unai Emery is not much of a Mesut Ozil fan.

Emery’s decision to play with two strikers erases the role of a number 10 (Ozil’s favorite position) and his lack of energy makes it hard to trust him on either of the wings which means less playing time than you’d expect for a player of Ozil’s calibre.

Getting rid of Ozil also makes sense from a business point of view, they would be losing a 30-year old fringe player who’s currently on a whooping £350,000-a-week contract, thus freeing up space on the wage budget.

A change of scenery might also be of help to the player himself right now. A move away from the Emirates (even on loan) could be beneficial to both parties by helping the player regain his lost form and also appeasing a large percentage of discontent Arsenal fans.

All the aforementioned facts hint that Arsenal might just be better off without their German magician in the long run, so the next question now is; does anybody want Mesut Ozil?

Written by; Tunde Young Akinloye

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