By Reece Dixon.
The questions around The Emirates concerning Mesut Ozil remain the same – is he worth the money?
The playmaker who still sits at the top of the Premier League’s assist chart since his arrival in 2013 has held more than a fair share of criticism since resigning for Arsenal in February last year.
The Gunners gave into the 30 year-old’s demands and offered Ozil a bumper new deal worth £350,000-per-week
So far, his deal has cost Arsenal a whopping £19 million, which works out at an incredible £587,000 per game played.
But since putting pen to paper, the German has repeatedly misfired – registering just five goals and four Premier League assists, not a player to bet with mybettingsites as an anytime scorer. It’s the kind of form that has left Gooners and manager Unai Emery questioning whether that money could be put to better use.
Under new boss Emery, Ozil has been a peripheral figure, playing just 24 league matches last season and present in only one of Arsenal’s first seven this campaign.
It should be noted that the midfielder has also suffered from an illness (on several occasions) which has restricted his availability. Nevertheless, when fit and available, Ozil has still struggled to force his way into Emery’s plans.
Reports claim the Gunners are keen on loaning out the star in January, even if they have to subsidise his £350,000-a-week wages.
Arsenal fans appear to be divided on whether they want Ozil in, or Ozil out, but if rumours are true, it appears they are stuck with him either way.
Emery reportedly attempted and failed to find a buyer for the German this summer. A problem for the Spaniard is that Ozil is happy to remain at the club and with his contract still having just under two years left to run, it makes it difficult for Arsenal to force him out.
In fact, the only side who were said to have shown a real interest in signing him were Fenerbahce, but the Turkish side were priced out of a move.
The 2014 World Cup winner has recently fallen behind Dani Ceballos in the pecking order. Even academy graduate Joe Willock has played CAM more times than Ozil this season.
Emery continues to play down the controversial situation, insisting Ozil is important as he is Arsenal’s fourth captain, while explaining that the treatment is to bring the best out of the 30-year-old.
However, whichever way you look at it, not utilising the German’s talent is a huge waste of money.
So Gooners, should Emery work out a way to incorporate Ozil? Or should the club just cut ties with the German completely?
Are you Ozil in or are you Ozil out? Let us know in the comments…