Opinion on Mesut Ozil’s ability, range from ‘Mr Invisible’ to ‘Ozil could find my dad with a pass, and I haven’t seen him for 11 years’. There’s no in between, as football fans only deal in extremes.
As tends to happen, foreign players give their most honest and open interviews back in their homelands – something I always view as a way for them to ‘stick it’ to our English sports journalists, that deal in fabrication and deceit. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Mesut Ozil’s very honest and open comments, regarding his future in north London, came when being interviewed by German outlet, Kicker.
“The club knows that I am here most of all because of Arsène Wenger. He is the one who signed me and he is the one whose trust I have. The club also knows that I want to be clear what the manager is going to [in the future].”
The former Real Madrid playmaker’s comments were met with, as you’d expect from the Arsenal fanbase, reactions of pure gold dust, with many crying into their 140 characters over the thought of Le Professeur signing a new two-year deal – an offer that has been on the table for quite some time.
Ozil can fuck off with Wenger as far as I'm concerned
— 🌚 (@FinnTyrrell96) January 8, 2017
AFC fans: Wenger Out!
Wenger to Ozil: you want new contract? So do I.
Ozil : I stay only if Wenger stays pic.twitter.com/yjwpJEQfHp
— #GLITCH17 (@ITweetArsenal) January 9, 2017
If Ozil feels he wants to assist Wenger (mediocrity) continue as Arsenal's manager, they can both leave.
— La Bwonlu (@Stephenbwonlu) January 9, 2017
Arsenal look set to be left with a situation where, Wenger and Ozil both sign new deals, but the Gunners will have to press ahead without Alexis Sanchez.
Now, whether you believe the German or the Chilean is more important to any future success Arsenal want to have, is neither here nor there. But the (probable) staying of Ozil, and the exit of the Chilean, highlights the biggest flaw in Wenger’s management style, and it’s a flaw Ozil is exploiting for his own ends.
Wenger protects his players; always has, always will. And it’s an admiral trait, especially at at time where we have the likes of Ronald Koeman and Jose Mourinho throwing their players under the bus, on a weekly basis.
There won’t be too many of us that disagree with Wenger’s mentality of keeping things behind closed doors. No matter what the result or performance – airing your dirty laundry in public, should be left to the middle-aged women on Facebook, arguing over car parking space.
The problem lies in the fact that, the current crop of Arsenal players know that they won’t be on the receiving end of a flying football boot or a foul-mouthed tirade behind closed doors; it’s a well known fact that Wenger isn’t keen on confrontation, and does his best to avoid it.
Mesut Ozil seems like a decent bloke, the kind of guy to let you know you’ve dropped a fiver, and also one who shares Wenger’s desire for a confrontation-free life.
The German international would walk into any team in the world, as a No.10, but there’s no safety net guaranteed at the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Chelsea; Ozil would rather maintain the easy life in north London, and if that comes at the expense of a Premier League title, then so be it.
The Gunners stagnation continues, and Ozil is joining the party.