Arsenal’s playmaker Mesut Ozil is a 350k per week problem which Unai Emery has been gifted in his introduction to English football. That’s right, a player who earns around 400k per week is a liability for a manager at a big club like Arsenal.
How often have you seen Ozil grab the bull by the horns and seize the moment when it really matters? You would really have to go back in time and still, the odds are that you wouldn’t be able to reminisce about an occasion when Ozil single-handedly won his club or country in a big game situation.
What makes it all the worse is that Ozil has almost always played himself up as the victim. In his mind, he believes that he is an innocent man against whom the media and the whole world has perpetrated a conspiracy.
He often points out that the English media are out in arms against him, always trying to bash him. Well, they have all the right in the world to do that. His performances merit criticism.
More often than not, Arsenal are left playing with 10 men when they do not have possession of the ball as Ozil’s work rate is next to zero. When he has the ball at his feet, he simply isn’t productive enough with it to warrant his constant inclusion in the team. It won’t be before long that he will be thrown out of the line-up by Unai Emery, who holds no prisoners for players who constantly underperform. The days of Wenger pampering him and letting him get away with mediocrity are at an end.
Ozil used a similar tactic after Germany’s poor show at the FIFA World Cup. Yes, he was right that he was unfairly targetted by the media for posing with the Turkish President. But that doesn’t excuse him from the fact that he was arguably Germany’s worst player in the tournament, where none of the squad members covered themselves in glory.
Again he drummed the victim card, chickened out, held his tail between his legs, cited racism in the German ranks (which may well be true) and decided to retire from international football.
This decision has seen support drum up for him from all around the globe, but back in his homeland of Germany, people have been nothing but scathing of his antics.
Germans are known to be tough nuts to crack, mentally clutch and efficient in whatever they do. They will recover from the World Cup debacle and will be better off without the mediocrity which is Mesut Ozil right now.
They recognize Ozil for what he is, not a victim but a fraud. Perhaps Unai Emery and Arsenal will too. And they will be better off without him. And when they do, will Ozil chicken out again?