The curious case of Mesut Ozil at Arsenal
Elation would be the apt expression to describe the feelings of Arsenal fans after news filtered in on transfer deadline day last season that German superstar Mesut Ozil would be joining the club.
After all, Ozil had probably been the best playmaker in the world and the club record fee of £42.5million shelled out by Arsenal at the time looked like a major bargain.
Fast forward one and a half years later though, Ozil has been considered a liability for Arsenal and a player who is a luxury rather than a necessity.
Therefore it begs the question as to how it could have gone so badly wrong for Ozil in a matter of just over a year.
Has he become a poor player all of a sudden? Well, having played a major role in Germany’s World Cup triumph – it is a ludicrous question to begin with.
Is he past his prime? At 26, Ozil has probably not even peaked as of yet.
Then he simply is not good enough to play in the Premier League, is he? An established player who has over 100 appearances for Real Madrid and 60 international caps for Germany NOT good enough for the Premier League – Ridiculous!!
So why has Ozil failed so miserably at Arsenal??? It is quite baffling but let’s attempt to deduce why the midfielder has struggled at the Emirates Stadium.
When Ozil signed for Arsenal, it was touted as a match made in heaven. The midfielder was assist king in La Liga with Real Madrid and had been credited to allowing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain to flourish during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu.
As a testament to his importance for Real Madrid, Ronaldo simply could not believe that the Spanish club’s hierarchy sanctioned the sale of the midfielder and the Portuguese superstar was not afraid to publicly express his displeasure.
What was Madrid’s loss was seen as a tremendous gain for Arsenal though. With the Gunners deploying a wonderful possession based style, many felt that Ozil’s arrival would help the Premier League giants tear opposition defences apart at will and that the German superstar would play a leading role in guiding the North London side to their long awaited title triumph.
And life in England certainly began well for Ozil as the playmaker managed an impressive 4 goals and 8 assists in his first 14 matches for Arsenal at an average of a goal every four games (0.28 per match) and an assist every other game (0.57 per match).
Understandably, the Arsenal fans were left drooling at Ozil’s magic and there was a strong sense of optimism that the new Gunners star would bring the trophy to the Emirates for the first time. – Sarad Bade Shrestha. Read More…