Arsenal’s record signing Mesut Ozil has reportedly decided on an Arsenal departure in the January transfer window. The player according to Daily Mail has grown frustrated at the criticisms faced from Arsenal supporters as he has struggled for consistency in the Arsenal squad. Ozil was signed from Real Madrid in a £42.5m deal on deadline day but the expectation from the club’s record signing has not being met by Ozil. While Arsene Wenger would be ready to allow him all the time needed to gain the form that got him tagged ‘the king of assists’ from him Real Madrid days, the fans are turning up the pressure on the 25-year-old World Cup winner. Now, he is reported to be seeking a move away with German Champions, Bayern Munich lurking around to grab the opportunity of having him in their already star—studded squad, by reportedly readying a bid of £30m.
Statistically, Mesut Ozil is very far from what he is capable of bringing in to the Arsenal squad and it becomes very puzzling especially when he always gets all the playing time. This is very appalling as the expectation of making goals in abundance is very far from being met by the player. Many lovers of the player ascribe his underperformance to the misuse by the manager, Arsene Wenger. They have argued that Ozil performed best at Real Madrid playing just behind Karim Benzema, while Christiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria operated from the wings. But at Arsenal, he is constantly being deployed on the left wing of attack to accommodate Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere or Aaron Ramsey in the hole behind the top striker and this was said to have affected his game, drastically dropping his contribution to goal scoring. Other theories have said that the Arsenal formation at times and the fact that he doesn’t have the kind of quality he had at Real Madrid around him at Arsenal, are the reasons for his underperformance.
The player’s critics have on many occasions countered this excuse by claiming rightly that Mesut Ozil is a world class footballer and a professional that should make an impact in any position he is being deployed, plus the fact that he’s allowed the license to roam across the attacking part of Arsenal’s midfield. As matter of fact, Ozil spends more time on the right than the left as evident in the matches against Leicester City and Manchester City. More support was given to their argument by the performance of Cesc Fabregas who he supposedly came to replace as a creative force at Arsenal. Playing as a roaming defensive midfielder or as a box-to-box midfielder in the Chelsea midfield, Cesc Fabregas has provided 9 assists in 9 matches for fierce London rivals and his brilliant displays for the Jose Mourinho led side is even more of a factor to hit on Mesut Ozil for his lacklustre performances. Ozil has been described as lazy and not willing to improve.
However, the hype of the press may have a hand in all of this as the expectations that come with the hype is not met by the player. This has occurred many times to many players and only time heals this kinds of problem. The talk of Ozil leaving though is yet to be confirmed by any club, agent or player, but is a pointer to what may happen. It is left to Arsene Wenger to either keep the player happy at the club or sell him in January to grant the player’s wish, if reports are true.