According to Arsenal legend Martin Keown, creative German attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil has already “mentally left the football club”, given his subpar performances this season, and with his contract set to expire on the 1st of July 2018, Arsene Wenger is stuck in limbo with the star, and may have to try to sell him off in January for a cut price fee, lest he ends up stuck with him till next summer.
This isn’t a good situation for Arsenal. With Mesut Ozil turning in bad performances, coupled with a bad attitude, and already dead set on leaving the club, it is having an effect on the rest of the players. Alexis Sanches has also been unsettled by the summer speculation, having been denied a transfer to Manchester City on deadline day, leaving Arsene Wenger to consider a last-ditch swap deal in January with Paris Saint Germain for the services of German winger Julian Draxler.
Mesut Ozil has attracted the attention of Manchester United, and Jose Mourinho, hearing of Mesut’s wish to leave Arsenal, could offer to make a January swoop for the star, so as to have a better shot at revitalising their title challenge come the new year. Mesut Ozil has become so keen to leave the Emirates, that things are “going to get messy” over the coming months, according to Martin Keown.
Sportsmail have linked the German star with Manchester United for next summer, but with him playing so devoid of inspiration this season, it would be insane for Arsene Wenger to lose both Ozil and Sanches for nothing by next summer. One of them, if not both, will be offered off in the January window, with Ozil predicted to be heading to the Red Devils, and Alexis Sanches being offered to PSG. Wenger doesn’t want to sell Alexis in a trade deal, or a cut the price for the transfer fee to anybody in the Premier League, either.
Martin Keown told BBC Radio Live 5, that Ozil is “testing Wenger more than any other player has. I think it was Belarus the other week, he didn’t fancy going. He didn’t want to go.”
Recent reports of Ozil say he is now injured again, and will miss out on the final German World Cup Qualifiers. Then again, he probably wouldn’t have been selected on the basis of his form. Keown thinks Ozil is feigning injury to avoid playing, stating:
“Suddenly he was injured again, he played nine minutes against West Bromwich Albion on the Monday, so how did he get injured there? I think in some departments he’s already left. Psychologically, mentally, he’s already left the football club. Maybe Wenger is now trying to do the best deal he can to get some compensation for him.”
Ozil played the first four Premier League matches, but after poor displays, he hasn’t even featured in the last two Europa League matches for the Gunners.
Ex-Arsenal centre back Martin Keown weighed in on Ozil even further, stating: “I think [Wenger] doesn’t want that sort of player around the youngsters in the group.’ Keown continued: ‘They played exceptionally well at Chelsea, where [Alex] Iwobi did a really manful job – I know he hasn’t got the talent of Ozil, of course, but suddenly Arsenal could compete in both departments defensively and attacking-wise. It was probably the best performance I’ve seen in a couple of years.”
Looks like Arsene Wenger has decided to put his faith elsewhere, which is understandable considering Ozil’s sub par performances and obvious pinning to depart from the Emirates.
“I was really impressed and it seemed like every player was giving their best. Sanchez is different. He loves playing football, just give him a ball and he’ll play and that’s all he wants to do. But Ozil, I think he’s downed tools, he wants to go and it’s going to get messy.”
The dire Ozil situation at Arsenal is set to get more interesting for other clubs over the next two months, with Jose Mourinho probably seeing him as a possible extra bit creative talent in the middle attacking third for Manchester United, alternating him with Juan Mata, and rightly so. However, there will be major talks about Mesut’s wages and inconsistent work rate as a player.
Mourinho worked with Ozil at Real Madrid, so he trusts him as player. He’s assured that he could get the best out of the talented Turkish-German star player, so now it remains to be seen as to what Aresne Wenger will do come the January transfer window.
Let’s keep our ears peeled for more news of this story over the coming months.
Brainstain, over and out!
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