The Mesut Ozil situation is reaching breaking point.
All summer we were ‘privy’ to rumours surrounding our German playmaker and reported links away from the club. None of them obviously came to fruition as he remains at the club, but with hindsight, perhaps Ozil will ruminate on his possible breakaway from Arsenal.
Since the start of the season, we have seen our number ten play for a grand sum of 142 minutes – two 71 minute appearances – as Unai Emery has laid down the law to Ozil.
In a recent press conference, the often candid Emery once again was painfully honest as when pressed on the Ozil issue, he stated that there are others who ‘deserve’ the chance to play more.
That much is true, with the likes of Jo Willock, Reiss Nelson and Bukayo Saka taking their opportunities when they have come this season so far, with their progression there for all to see.
Ozil however, has become stagnant – so much so that spurious stories are revolving around the German, with reports of Ozil beign asked to train with the Under-23’s and attempting to bribe coaches so he could avoid doing so.
This sort of lie gained traction not because it was believed by the masses – there were of course those who swallowed it – but because the negative position Ozil finds himself in and the fans of the player quick to defend him. Not to mention the detractors who use this to jump on the bandwagon once again.
So what next for Ozil?
If this continues, then January looks awfully likely to be the window that Ozil departs. The club will not want their top earner riding the bench and providing zero value, and a loan deal with Arsenal paying a slice of his mammoth wage could be feasible.
The bottom line remains that Ozil could play a huge part in our side, but it is evident that Ozil has not taken to Emery’s regime – which is why he sees himself not even on the bench, but completely out of the matchday squad.
Mesut Ozil has created more chances than Dani Ceballos this season, despite the disparity in minutes on the pitch.
We could do with both Emery and Ozil resolving this situation sooner rather than later, for the benefit of both the player – and the club’s fortunes on the pitch.