Mesut Ozil has been a conundrum for Arsene Wenger since his arrival at the Emirates two summers ago. He is a unique player who combines elegance and poise with devastating excellence. Despite appearing uninterested most of the times in trivial things to him like defending and tracking back, the German world cup winner is one of the elite band of footballers who have the ability to change the game in an instant.
Wenger has seemed confused regarding the position he wants to use the former Real Madrid man in. The previous two seasons have seen him shifted out to the wings, played in the hole behind the striker and have also involved stints as a wide forward. However, without doubt, he has been most impressive in the No 10 role , where he has the space to pick up passes and thread elegant through balls. But , his low defensive work rate has never been able to convince Wenger to hand him a permanent position behind the striker.
However, recent reports in the UK outlets have claimed that the Frenchman is planning to hand Ozil Arsenal’s No 10 role on a permanent basis next season, in an effort to coax out the best from his £42 million man.
The midfielder will reportedly be handed the central attacking role behind the main striker starting next term which will mean Alexis Sanchez taking his place on the wing , despite several impressive displays through the middle last season. Wenger allegedly believes that the Chilean’s fantastic work rate will camouflage Ozil’s lack of tracking back. It has the potential to turn out to be an astute move on the manager’s part because Ozil’s creativity trumps that of his other teammates, even Sanchez. If those two can strike a deadly combination , Arsenal may well be on their way to the Premier League glory next term.
In another development that will surely capture the imagination of Gooners, Wenger is claimed to be interested in Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria, who has been a long term target for the Arsenal manager.
Having twice failed to sign the Argentine superstar, once from Benfica and then from Real Madrid, Wenger hopes to be third time lucky, following the player’s underwhelming debut campaign for United , after joining last summer in a British record fee of £59.7 million from Real Madrid.
A deal remains difficult because United will surely be reluctant to sell to a direct rival , and also because they are highly unlikely to take a considerable loss on their record signing after just one unsuccessful season. His reported wages of £280,000 per week also remain a huge stumbling block as Gunners are highly unlikely to match that.
Elsewhere , defender Carl Jenkinson is in line for an improved contract, despite heading out on loan this summer. Wenger will reportedly offer the defender a new deal which will see his current wages of £35,000-per-week increase substantially. The defender is allegedly close to joining West Ham United on loan for a second consecutive season.