Ozil being assessed ahead of Fulham clash

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According to the Independent, Mesut Ozil has an outside chance of playing against Fulham in Arsenal’s first game of 2019.

Having featured against Burnley and Brighton, the German missed the 5-1 defeat to Liverpool two days ago with a knee complaint.

Asked about Ozil at Anfield, Unai Emery said: “[It’s] His knee. I don’t know if it’s big or not big, but it’s his knee.”

It sounds like the player is still being assessed at this point, but given the opposition – Fulham concede even more goals than we do and are in 19th place – Unai Emery might fancy giving the midfielder a runout if he’s on the mend.

Tomorrow’s match will likely come too soon for Nacho Monreal (hamstring), Hector Bellerin (calf) and Emile Smith Rowe (hip) and although Dinos Mavropanos is back in full training he could probably do with some game time with the under-23s before pitching for a first-team place.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (broken metatarsal), Danny Welbeck (ankle), Rob Holding (ACL)  are all longer-term absentees.

In all likelihood, we’ll have the same guys who played at Anfield. Hopefully, this time the lads won’t play like they’ve been pumped full of pigs-in-blankets and sherry.

Update – Arsenal says both Monreal and Bellerin are being assessed ahead of tomorrow’s game. They’ve been spotted in the training pictures alongside Robert Pires, but it remains to be seen whether they are risked.

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Graham Lister
Graham Lister

Ozil now assessed. Verdict: “Workshy Fop”

hustle6
hustle6

I for one hope he’s sold before the kick off time.

Sorry to offend the Ozil army.

Nordin
Nordin

Yes I am offended. And are so many Arsenal fans! Dont be biased. Dont be blinded. And dont be influenced by others out there whose motivation is just plain jealousy and hatred.
Go to Arsenal best top 5 goals scored in 2018 and see who you see the most….the one you want to be sold.
Im not asking you. To join the “Özil army” but be more fair in your assessment

Nordin
Nordin
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Ozil has some truly magical moments – no one should doubt that. The main issue is his inconsistency – there are far too many Southhampton type games where he contributes virtually nothing. I love Ozil but also think that the team would be better off with someone more consistent even if he doesn’t quite produce the occasional magic moment that Ozil does. Particularly as Ozil’s best moments increasingly come against lower tier opposition. If Emery has decided that can’t be fixed, then it’s time to move on as having a 350k a week bit part player simply doesn’t work with our finances.

Zyrth
Zyrth

It’s one thing to not create anything when runs are made and another when the attackers remain static waiting for a pass to feet.

There’s only so much a player who’s tasked to stay deeper as a playmaker to put in passes to our attackers, can do. Imo most of our players don’t make attacking runs, so it’s really hard for Ozil to “shine”. All he can do is help to recycle possession until a chance presents itself.

Perhaps the blame can be laid on our midfield for not releasing it quicker to Ozil so that we can counter attack with space available for our attackers to run? But we have to be realistic, most of the teams we face have all the time to line up 2 banks of 4. Even if we do get a respectable dribbler in the level of dembele, he might struggle to dribble through. Then we think how hard would it be for Ozil to actually create a chance when there’s not much movement while facing a crowded defense.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

I see this point, and I understand it.

But this is also why I would prefer someone like a Rosicky-type. Maybe not as creative as Ozil (though not a slouch himself), but when Rosicky had the ball and couldn’t see any passes as everyone was standing there, he would take the initiative to cause some cause and run at the defence. He would crank up the tempo for 0 to 100 real cause and run amok, and in doing so, create space for others.

So would I want someone he has slightly reduced massing ability in exchange for someone who can cause some direct chaos and dribbling to MAKE space if he can’t find it? Yes I would.

N10
N10

Agreed. We need a dribbler in the middle. My imaginary Ozil replacement has been Modric or Hazard or Santi 2.0, so I’m right there with ya. Someone like that to link up with Torreira, now we’re talkin.

Martin
Martin

We have the ideal player to link up with Torreira.we need new players I agree though

oneblackdude
oneblackdude

You are talking about the same Southampton game where the coach started three CBs against a piss poor team rotting in the bottom half of the of the league, playing two CMs and sacrificing an attacking outlet? Same Southampton game where Ozil came in with 20 minutes left on the clock?

We had a lot of problems against Southampton and if we are all being honest with ourselves, Mesut Ozil wasn’t in the top ten.

That loss was the Huddersfield game all over again. We were passive and toothless. Southampton just took their chances and we didn’t have a magical Lucas Torreira goal to cover our blushes and save us. We all know what both games have in common. But yes, let’s have a go at Mesut Ozil.

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atom

In 42 PL games he’s played between last year and this year, Ozil has 7 goals and 9 assists. That wouldn’t even put him in the top 15 in assists. Ramsey for instance has 8 goals & 14 assists in 43 games.

Just to put this into context given Ozil is one of the highest paid PL stars –

Raheem Sterling has 27 goals & 17 assists
Kevin Debruyne has 9 goals & 16 assists (despite sitting out most of this year)
Christian Erickson 13 goals & 13 assists
Eden Hazard 22 goals & 13 assists

Worth pointing out that Ozil makes a fair chunk more than every player I’ve just compared him to despite the fact that his stats the last 2 years don’t stand up to comparison. He is capable of producing magic moments but the fact is we simply aren’t getting the type of production one expects for his wage packet. Well done to him for getting paid that much, but with that comes huge expectations.

Okechukwu Jude
Okechukwu Jude

Well…it might interest you to know that part of the reason Ozil is on such huge salary is because of his social media presence which means that he rakes in a lot of money for the club from jersey sales and what have you. Also, the arsenal board allowed his contract run down thereby putting him in a stronger position to negotiate a bumper deal. You can’t blame the fellow.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Ozil stepped over the ball and allowed Southampton to break on us, but no you’re right he wasn’t one of the problems!

A Fleeting Glimpse
A Fleeting Glimpse

It’s interesting, I watched West Ham Southampton and Anderson (clearly their best player) was anonymous in first half and then came up with two moments of class and West Ham won. Their were many games a certain Dennis Bergkamp was poor and then came with a moment of genius. In the last 18 months the only 3 players ahead of Ozil for chances created are Hazard Erickson and De Bruyne. Not bad for a player who is apparently missing.

goonero
goonero

Yeah fuck that noise. I can live without a higlight reel of “genius” plays against the stellar cast of Burnley and Fulham and Ludogrets. I’d rather have James Milner than Mesut Ozil. One is always there and turns up when you need them while the other is the kind of guy who maybe might turn up if he feels like it and then maybe might play well if he feels like it.

The money we waste on the luxury that is the occasional good Mesut Ozil performance could see us buy players who WILL actually play and WILL actually perform to a consistent level. And it’s not like Ozil is a Ronaldo or Messi or Neymar or KDB or Salah who you say “well look at what he gives, you can forgive his shortcomings”.

I can live without champagne football, I can’t live with a temperamental overpayed underworked superstar who is content to coast his way to retirement on the back of a club who were too scared to loose him and now too inept to move him on. He’s unreliable at best, and you don’t build a team around such a shaky foundation.

hustle6
hustle6

I got no problem with you personally bro but…

1. Ozil is hugely underperforming -as he does.

2. He has no place in the formation

3. THE MANAGER does not trust him

4. He literally has not turned up to training this season

5. He literally has not turned up to games even in the crowd because of his issues with Emery.

6. He goes missing in every big game we play

7. He is overpaid his contract is what has caused Ramsey to leave and why we’re looking at cheap options like Cahill.

8. It has been said multiple times he got special treatment from Wenger and that has created an imbalance – now he’s not treated special he’s throwing hissy fits.

9. He avoids big matches and challenges.

10. Who in the fuck cares about our top 5 goals scored in 2018. When our defence is the way it is and the results are the way they are.

11. I am not influenced by others – if someone could tangibly argue he was good in a match then fair enough. He was good against Leicester whoopty doo he has 1 good match every 5 and then he’ll miss 12.

12. If you’ve only been following arsenal for a short period of time and you believe and take for gospel press releases, injury reports and post match interviews you are being naive. I implore fans to remember the insane multitude of times we have been told things which were just for PR, Business or damage limitation purposes. Don’t make me write out a list of these lol.

13. He’s supposed to be one of our captains and he bottles pretty much every match which requires leadership.

14. Genuinely was at the burnley match row 5 block G lower tier he was getting the ball from behind the advertising board and shouted at the crowd “make some noise come onnn” and literally everyone just stared at him blankly. Conversely players who are less popular like AMN or Kolassinac did the same they were greeted with lots of cheers and applause. Bizarrely I’m not the only one who dislikes my team getting mugged off.

(albeit in that area a greying season ticket holder section with an average age of about 65)

I can’t be bothered to carry on this list feel free to carry it on someone else if you would like.

Yeah I know I seem cantankerous and cloying but this is an arsenal website I’ve been coming to since 2006 and it seems that in 2018 it’s more for people to wish each other happy new year and support singular players over the club.

Please stick to Insta “OMG Ozil is baeeeee”

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

Number 4 – and you know this how? If you’re going to write things like that then you lose the crowd as it is patently ridiculous, no matter what merit some of your points may have.

Alex
Alex

I don’t think Özil deserves this hate… or plain blindness for what he has done for the club and his constant good attitude. Well… fans or so called…

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Is it hate? I don’t hate Mesut. But has he been good value since he signed the new contract…not really. Whose fault is it that he signed a new contract…not Emery.

People cried for change but now seem unable to accept that change may mean losing players that we like. We’ve got a long way to go before we are anywhere near Liverpool or teams of that ilk. The saddest thing for me as a fan is that our fan base is actually ingrained into a way of thinking that is making our new manager’s job really difficult…he’s damned whatever he does.

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

Well we can’t expect him to win us every game. He isn’t surrounded by players who perform consistently or are world class. He is the only world class player we have and our best creative player. He maybe overpaid but he offers more value as opposed to Mhkitaryan. We have a long way to go. I just hope we make that champions league place because we don’t have an owner who is willing to invest.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

I’m sure all those around the world whose lives are being ruined by others because of their colour, religion or sexual preference are in awe of how Ozil copes with the ‘hate’ shown towards him. Imagine being a professional footballer & some people think you are less good at your job than others do. The horror of it.

q8arse
q8arse

Why is this turning into a race issue? Ozil is underperforming. we watch football to be entertained and back our teams, and if players in this team arent giving 100% and act like babies then they shouldn’t be a part of a squad.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Speak for England, hustle6… and tell us how you REALLY feel 😉

Deano

Hustle6

I can’t stop at number 7 and I stopped there as i’m Astonished that we have only just started looking at cheap options like Gary Cahill. Laughing my ass off.

kas
kas

No 9 – Sir Stanley Matthews it is said, did the same thing, picked & chose his matches & opposition to play against. He played till he was ’50’! god help us.

Bob
Bob

Kind of sums up the Ozil problem though. Capable of these flashes of brilliance but they’re increasingly few and far between and too often goes missing or doesn’t do basic work off the ball (I still don’t understand how his talent means he is above this). I don’t think it’s that black or white but the people who seem to think all criticism of Ozil is that we don’t “get” him or it’s jealously or whatever seem increasingly the more blinkered of the two

Rich
Rich

If what you’re looking for at the end of the season is “The club with the player with the best highlights reel”
Then Ozil is your man….

If what you want from a player is 100% commitment? And as your highest paid player he drops 7/10s week in week out, with the odd 8/10 mixed in? Then Ozil certainly isn’t your man.

He’s inconsistent, he looks disinterested and despite being given the captaincy and plenty of opportunities, he’s been stinking the place out for a very long time.

I’ve just read Unai Emery “El Maestro” and reading what other ppl say about him, ppl who like him and ppl who aren’t so keen on him, all say the same things, he doesn’t hold grudges, he’s happy to have disagreements with players, but he just wants committed players and to give the team the best chance of success, he’s also said to be very honest, direct and fair.

He’s obviously not getting what he wants from Ozil, but in reality Ozil’s last good run of form was Nov 2017-Jan 2018, and before that it was the first half of 2015/16 season.

Vonnie
Vonnie

It also says that he isn’t very good with top players. He himself has said that he needs to step up to the next level. Maybe part of that step up to the next level is accepting that some players are capable of seeing the game for themselves and don’t need every move analysed, with him shouting at them all the time. Mesut isn’t the strongest player there is, but give him some movement in front of him and he’ll find it. He is committed to the team, he’s just going through a really bad patch at the moment, you can see how delighted he was when Iwobi tucked that goal away. Give him a break for Gods sake. I want Mesut to get his confidence back and I want Unai to succeed, they’re not mutually exclusive. There’s always a dig at Mesut, small nuances of language can convey negative impressions, for instance he left training “because he complained” of a knee injury. That sounds a lot more negative than had to leave training because he had sustained a knee injury. I’m not saying Mesut is perfect, but he is our most creative player, a good person, and I believe that if Unai wants to be a top manager then he needs to figure out a way to work with him, and as he’s an honest, likable manager I expect him to give it a good try. We are a far better team with a confident Mesut Ozil on the pitch.

evan
evan

it is clear that ozil is suffering from depression. his body language advertises this fact

Reidar
Reidar

That’s a bit stupid. He’s doing his best without complaining. Is it unfortunate that our best player doesn’t fit into our new managers vision: Yes, obviously.

However, whar to do about it all depends on what we can get for him and how much wages we’d actually save. If the best we could find is somebody to pay 20% of his wages for example, then keeping him around as a ‘squad’ player actually makes a damn lot of sense.

If you’re pissed at our bad handling of contracts anf negotiations, we’re losing much more money on the Ramsey stupidity than this stuff.

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atom

Ramsey is a bit of a screwy one – it seems really unlikely that the teams he is being linked with (Bayern, PSG, Juventus etc.) would be interested if they had to pay a significant transfer fee. Part of the reason he’s attractive is they know if they get him on a free they could simply sell him back to the PL if he doesn’t work out. If we had tied him down to a large contract then I’m not sure there would have been a lot of interested parties in the PL to sell to that he would want to go to (assuming he wants to go to a top 4) as it’s not clear he would start for Chelsea, Sp*rs, Man C, Liverpool or even United. That’s not to knock Ramsey – he has been terrific for the club even if often injured/ inconsistent. Just pointing out this isn’t nearly as clear cut as Blogs is trying to make it.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

I really agree with this point of view. Before he became a free agent he wasn’t being linked with Juve etc. He’s worth a punt to them and I think he will be a great asset.

Bob
Bob

Not complaining? What about the reports of arguing with the manager, or how whenever he’s seemingly benched for a big game he’s not in the squad at all?

Vonnie
Vonnie

Reports Bob, just reports. No facts Bob, maybe you and your ilk should try to ascertain the difference.

Bob
Bob

“You and your ilk”… I’m starting to think Ozil is a cult leader

A Fleeting Glimpse
A Fleeting Glimpse

Starting to think you’re a bit of a John Terry Bob

Emery in Aubalaca wonderland
Emery in Aubalaca wonderland

Please stop saying: Ozil, our best player. Henry was and this was clear to the entire world. Whether we like RVP or not, he was in his last few years with Arsenal. Hope Auba makes it clear to you this season.

IamaGoober

I think we need to be very careful about how we deal with this Mesut Ozil situation.

He is a fucking class footballer on his day, he’s an extremely unique player. There genuinely aren’t that many players out there that have the capabilities to spot a pass like he does. Or have the ability to create something out of nothing at the drop of a hat to win you a game.

And this myth going around that he doesn’t show up in the big games is a bit ridiculous as well. He does. He’s scored away at Old Trafford. He’s scored against Chelsea. He’s scored against Liverpool. He’s scored against Bayern Munich. He’s set up a last minute equaliser for Gibbs against Spurs when we were losing 1 nil. He’s been quality for us in the 3 runs to the FA Cup Finals. He has been fucking huge for us in key moments since his arrival at Arsenal. And this is all just stuff off the top of my head, there has been shit loads of other huge performances he’s put in over the seasons. To completely write him off simply because he doesn’t run around as much as someone other players is fairly stupid.

Here’s a caveat for you – if Mesut Ozil wasn’t German – if his name was ‘Michael Orchard’ and he was English and he played for Spurs or Liverpool – he would be getting fucking chewed off left right and centre by every media outlet under the sun. That fucking pass he played against Burnley at home the other day would’ve had its own 3 part documentary airing on Christmas Day on Sky Sports if he was a Spurs player.

So – I think we have to be really careful about what we do here. Because if we sell him in January. Realistically are we going to be able to bring in someone as talented as him? I think thats a no. Not many top european midfielders are going to want to come to Arsenal right now, since we are a Europa League club.

Personally, as much as I love the breath of fresh air that Emery has been at Arsenal. I think he should maybe looking to simplify things and play the key players in their proper positions. Because right now these super complex formations 343, 352, 3421’s where he’s trying to fit everyone into the team at the same doesnt really work. They just arent the best idea’s for the personnel we have. And I honestly dont think the players understand them. There was that clip doing the rounds of Iwobi asking what formation we were playing when he came on as a sub the other day.

Maybe it would be best to go back to a system that the players know like a 433 or a 4231 and start drilling the fuck out of them defensively that way – which would also mean we can actually have some depth on the bench too. Of course that then means Mesut can get minutes in his conventional number 10 right behind the striker and we’d probably get more out of him.

I mean to sell him now without giving Emery and him at least a season to try and figure out a system where he can flourish would be a huge knee jerk reaction in my opinion. Ultimately the reason why we’ve been losing games haven’t really been down to him. Its been due to some fucking defending thats worse than Sunday League standard.

So maybe Emery needs to re-evaluate how he sets up the team before shipping off one of our most talented players. I do believe the both of them can co-exist at Arsenal for the better. I just hope they figure it out.

But in all honesty I expect he will be sold in the summer. And then we wont replace him. Or if we do get anyone in, it will be some cut price player who is the wrong side of 31/32 much like the stuff we’ve bought in recently.

That is most likely what will happen.

Joe B
Joe B

Proud to be a member of the “Özil army”. The best creative midfielder in the premier league by a country mile.

Pakgooner
Pakgooner

Still about 9.5 hrs till 00:00 in Germany, just would like to wish all users in advance a very Happy New Year.. may the new year bring fortune and success for us and Arsenal

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

The one thing I don’t get with all these Ozil mystery illnesses and drops is….why doesn’t he still attend?

Even I dropped and you don’t like it, why not still be around to support the rest of the lads? (like how he wasn’t at the league Derby)? Or if it is an injury (serious or minor), surely that doesn’t mean you can’t travel with the squad and show face/support?

That’s the thing I really don’t get.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

Not very hard to get. He just gives a shit.

Lee
Lee

He was at both the Spurs cup game (camera was on him by the dugout) that he was tactically dropped for and at the Huddersfield game (instagram of some kid in his box with him)

Alex
Alex

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Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

It’s not about doubting Ozil’s caliber. When you leave your highest paid player, your star man out of the squad for “tactical reasons” for more than one match, despite him being fit enough to start and even play the full 90, then that is never healthy.

No top-class player would want to stay at a club where he’s dropped for games for such reasons. And no club management would want to pay a 350k salary to a player who the manager wishes not to start in games with such an excuse.

So, overall, it’s Emery saying I’m not going to be pushed, this isn’t the kind of player I want in my squad to play my tactics.

That’s not a healthy picture for the player, the manager, or the club management.
That is why this transfer window, or perhaps the summer transfer window, is pointing towards an Ozil exit. It’s building up to either Emery or Ozil.

It has nothing to do with Ozil’s top-class abilities.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

If we start throwing managers under the bus for the sake of players then we really are doomed. Mourinho was a particularly clever and nasty sociopath who can function well enough to convince clubs to pay him millions of pounds in compensation after he’s reduced a club and its players to their knees. Emery isn’t that guy. He genuinely wants to get Arsenal CL football through top 4 or Europa League. If we want to start hiring and sacking managers every season then we might as well looked forward to mid table obscurity something that even in his poorest form Wenger never brought to this club.

Bob
Bob

Little bit being sold in January niggle? For all his talent I’ve really come to think moving on Ozil will be important if we want to change the identity of this team. He really embodies so much of what I have loved and been frustrated by arsenal of recent years in equal measure.

Tbbro
Tbbro

We’re suppose to be one of the best attacking teams around! Yet we cannot seem to integrate one of the best creative players of the modern era into our team. Something is seriously wrong somewhere. On another note! Can someone please tell me what Steve Bould does at Arsenal? Because he surely is not teaching those guys the Art of defending. If they are all incompetent, ship them off.

Ozil!!!
Ozil!!!

If your manager cant integrate the best playmaker in the world into the team you dont change your playmaker you change your manager. As simple as that.

Tas_Gunner
Tas_Gunner

Yeah well,it’s over tbh.Once a player is done with most of the fanbase its hard to swing them back in favor (mustafi,ramsey,xhaka) .Hope a decent European club with CL aspiration comes in for him.We’ll get the money and he can start fresh and earn redemption.Not gonna wish a Chinese club on him,too good for that lot.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Some said the same about Ronaldinho, Yaya and Deco when Pep came in and wanted to ship them out too.

Emery in Aubalaca wonderland
Emery in Aubalaca wonderland

You forgot Eto’o and Ibra. Pep kicked all of them out.

Karl
Karl

Why weren’t to teams queuing up to sign him when he had 6 months to go on his contract? No10 is a passenger these days and his injuries are starting to stack up.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

People who are Ozil lover’s completely overlook this argument. As said before I don’t hate Ozil and I always thought he would stay, but the price for him staying is ridiculous and now we are paying the price for Ivan’s (at the very least) incompetence…no wonder he jumped ship to Milan.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Ridiculously Overrated.

Devlin
Devlin

Ozil at Arsenal

212 – Appearances (more games than Ramsey)
41 – Goals
73 – Assists more than any other player in England since 2013 (Fastest player to 50 assists in EPL hisyory)
458 – Chances created in the premier league before this season (leads every player in England since 2013 including this season, is the fastest to 400 total in EPL history)

I know he is persona non grata for British people, but I can’t ignore the facts that are right in front of my eyes. I see the assists, the chances created, the key passes, the chances created, the movement and passing to progress our play, the way he plays when we are in transition and the goals he scores (He is behind Ramsey by 2 goals in the EPL since 2013).

All this consistency talk is just people afraid of saying they don’t like or don’t know how to analyze his style if play. People act like his stats come in a few games, or maybe he gets them of the pitch?

He is bad this season by his standards(He has still created more chances than any player at our club though), but he is the furthest thing from a bad player or even bad apple. If anything, he needs to be more authoritative and lead this team in more than just his performances.

Oh, and everyone gets on about how Ramsey said Mesut was the teacher’s pet, but has anyone thought about how much Ramsey has gotten away with in the past few years? Ramsey was the teacher’s pet. He has never played more games than Mesut in any year since Ozil has been here, so Mesut getting rest makes him a teacher’s pet? Preferential treatment my Arse, Ramsey and Wilshere are the only players I have seen who have been played into form at Arsenal.

Alex
Alex

It has always make me laugh that Ramsey said Özil is Wenger’s teacher pet and that he obtains anything he wants. How can Ramsey know when Mesut is in Wenger’s room to ask for anything? Was he behind the door?

Tas_Gunner
Tas_Gunner

Doesn’t matter.Selling Ozil more suitable for AFC and Emery.I would rather have him but keeping him here and hoping that he can suit Emery is a bigger gamble than selling him for a decent prize and building a team that Emery wants.That doesn’t make Ozil a bad player.He is in a Pogba situation but in our case losing the star player makes far more sense.

The_Golden_Wrigglesworth
The_Golden_Wrigglesworth

For further statsy context:

Ramsey at Arsenal:
354 appearances.
61 goals + 63 assists.
That’s roughly a goal or assist every 2.8 games.

EPL only:
251 appearances.
37 goals + 51 assists.
Also roughly a goal or assist every 2.8 games.

Ozil at Arsenal:
212 appearances.
41 goals + 73 assists.
That’s roughly a goal or assist every 1.8 games.

EPL only:
155 appearances.
30 goals + 55 assists.
Again, roughly a goal or assist every 1.8 games.

How is Ozil putting up numbers like this if he only turns up once in every 5 or 10 games, as so many people claim? Likewise, if Ramsey is as bad as some seem to think, how has he managed to be this offensively productive over the course of his Arsenal career? I wish we had a few more players in the squad who could make such an impact whilst being fucking terrible most of the time (also, those who claim that Ramsey has done far more for the club than Ozil, as well as being the more effective player, pls explain these stats).

karl
karl

He plays against all the weak teams.

pierre-unai emeryang
pierre-unai emeryang

Well, Özil has played all of those games as a CAM or winger, while Ramsey has played mainly as a box-to-box CM, with a few games CAM or winger, so he will naturally have fewer assists and goals, because he has significantly higher defensive duties.

Vonnie
Vonnie

Ramsey only ever defended when Mikel Arteta forced him to, and has spent most of his recent appearances up with the strikers, so don’t come with that nonsense. If anything Mesut has played a bit deeper this season, hence more pre-assists than assists.

unai emeryck yang
unai emeryck yang

well, this is just wrong. In the last season, yes, he has been playing only as a CAM, but please, exercise long-term memory. Before this season, there was only a handful of times when Ramsey played winger. He hardly ever played CAM, and practically all of the time he played box-to-box CM. Özil has not even once played CM, so the difference is completely natural.

pierre emery unaiyang
pierre emery unaiyang

Also, just want to say, that I’m a huge özil fan, and i don’t want to undermine his output, but the statistics that golden_Wigglesworth put up can be really explained very simply, and have a direct positional reasoning behind it

The_Golden_Wrigglesworth
The_Golden_Wrigglesworth

Fair point. Interestingly, though, over the 5 seasons or so that Ramsey & Ozil have played together, he has averaged 2.62 shots p/90 vs. Ozil’s 1.33 shots p/90 (both score at 0.21 goals p/90 or 1/5 games-ish), so the greater level of defensive responsibility hasn’t prevented Ramsey from taking more shots per game than Ozil (even if you look only at the games he started at CM, Ramsey is still up at 2.41 shots p/90).

If only Wenger had managed to get Ramsey to be as efficient in front of goal as Ozil, or figured out how to make Ozil take as many shots p/90 as Ramsey…

Goonerooni 48
Goonerooni 48

Mesut Ozil is a great player and has done a lot for Arsenal. If his performances are below his normal high standard this year the fault lies with Emery for failing to utilize Ozil’s strengths. People should realize that, despite playing only a few games, Ozil has created more chances that any other Arsenal player this year.

A top conductor would never ask his star tenor to sing the bass. Yet poor man manager Unai Emery focuses on Ozil’s weakness, plays him in odd positions instead of Ozil’s preferred position, and belittles him before the press.

Someone high up at Arsenal needs to awaken Unai Emery to Qzil’s strengths and insist that Emery deploys them instead of moaning and groaning about Ozil’s physicality. Ozil’s previous managers at both club and international levels focused on his strengths. They did not moan and groan about Ozil’s physicality. So why can’t Emery do the same? And if he can’t deploy the creative skills of Mesut Ozil how the hell is Unai Emery going to attract other top skilful players to the club?

karl
karl

You can put down all the stats, but it is clear we have not got much from him in the last 2 years. For a player of that stature and investment, you expect game changing performances in the big games. In short, he should make the difference for Arsenal or not take the money.

Tas_Gunner
Tas_Gunner

It seems that nowadays if given the options most of our fanbase will gladly give a blowjob to Dele Alli rather than support Ozil 🤔😂😒 Anw,seems like his days are numbered,hope whoever we bring in is an Emery signing rather than one of the head honchos.A winger will probably suit Emery’s cause more than an out and out 10.Dembouz is the dream but will be okay with any hard-working tricky cross merchant.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Can we play Bobby Pires…please!!!!

Karl
Karl

It takes 20,000 season tickets to pay the wages of a player that barely contributes. Surely Gazidis is on a percentage!

N10
N10

Psychological research has shown that humans instinctively crave predictability from other people. Homeostasis, inertia. I think it’s one reason people are losing it re Emery, but also one reason people are so annoyed by Ozil. Big difference being that Emery has a solid excuse, he’s doing what all first year coaches do, experiment.

What’s interesting about Ozil is that he consistently offers good passing, but is inconsistent in terms of impact, including the amount of games he literally shows up for. Beyond this, you have personal issues about effort, attitude, etc., which overall conveys a sense of unreliability: will we get baseline-level Ozil or Galactico Ozil, will he play at all? And I think it’s this overall unreliability that just wears people down about Ozil.

The Ozil Question has just become deeply tiresome. Not to mention far too expensive for us. Thank you for your services, and the glorious memories. But you have no place on the pressing, high-workrate side Emery is building. And yeah we need that 18 million a year.

allezkev
allezkev

I get the impression that the criticism of Ozil has grown in recent times and could have more to do with his enormous salary than anything to do with Emery, whose also rotated others without as much fuss, like Lacazette.

I also don’t see any correlation between being British and criticising a player or not, does he not get some serious criticism in Germany, or doesn’t that count?

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Every time people talk about Ozil now they inevitably mention his salary. I mean it’s the same for Alexis at Man Utd and you could argue that they have truly been shafted. All the other players have been rotated and I know Laca seemed a bit cheesed off recently but he’s a striker and that’s understandable. As the star, Mesut expect star treatment but Emery is trying to build a team with the ethos of all for one and one for all.

Karl
Karl

He must have realised we would expect something in return for that price. Same goes for Sanchez

Rich
Rich

We should let him go for free.
£40mill on his 2.5 yr contract and he’s a player in decline.

We could buy a 22-24yr old on a 5 yr deal for £50mill, paying him up to £120,000 p/w and in 2-3 yrs we’d have an asset we could sell, and over the 5yrs we’d be financially better off

Sitting around watching Ozil stink the place out for another 2.5yrs, in which time he’ll be even more worthless makes no financial or sporting sense.

Time to cut our losses

MrT
MrT

You want to be a mid table team Rich… ? Go for it !!! I want world class players in my beloved AFC team and win the premier league or Champions league.

Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn

On the plus side : Pigs in Blankets are great.

shokim
shokim

Happy New Year to all Gooners!

NY’s wish: Can we please win tomorrow? That is all.

SB Still
SB Still

The update at the end of the article is the best bit of news I’ve read since Saturday!

Tony Hall
Tony Hall

We don’t know what is going on behind the scenes or how this will pan out but one thing is for sure, we can’t have someone being paid £350,000 not starting every game (unless injured), hell we can’t ever pay anyone that kind of crazy money again

santori
santori

I don’t know why Arsenal have to “make a decision on Mesut Ozil”.

There’s no decision to be made.

Ramsey is likely going. We are short on players. We will need his creativity.

At least till summer.

I don’t understand why some people are so eager to rid us of certain players when we have far more mediocre ones we cannot even move.

Like Elneny, Jenkinson for starters.

Instead they want to get rid of Mustafi when we are without Holding, and when Koscielny is past his best, Lichsteiner beyond sell by date and Monreal injury prone. Mavropanos isn’t even tested.

Some people really have to put some thinking caps on.

Albert48
Albert48

Thanks for the stats Devlin and The Golden Wrigglesworth – enough said. How people think getting rid of Ozil will improve this team is beyond belief. I have an uncomfortable feeling about Emery, not just from the Ozil perspective but his ‘Pragmatist’ mantra. We have on paper an attacking 3 as good as almost any team in Europe. I think he’s too clever for his own good with his half time substitutions and playing people out of position. I hope I’m wrong!

santori
santori

Squad is thread bare.

Outfield minus younger Academy players and peripheral mediocre choices like Elneny (never mind Jenkinson) :

CF – Auba and Laca
AM – Ramsey, Iwobi, (Ozil)
CM – Torreira, Granit, Guendouzi
CB – Sokratis, (Mustafi), Koscielny, Lichsteiner
WB – Kolasinac, AMN, (Monreal), (Bellerin)

That’s just 16 players. Of which those in parenthesis have injury doubts.

And we are in the BUSY festive period. Its not surprising some players are also hitting the wall a bit.

santori
santori

Against Liverpool, I was surprised we did not stick to a back 3 and play two up top :

………………Auba……………………Laca…………………..
…………………………..Ramsey……………………………..
Kolasinac………………………………………………….AMN
………………….Granit……………Torreira………………..
…………Koscielny……..Sokratis………..Mustafi…………
…………………………….Leno………………………………

AMN was too high up IMO as a winger in the 4-2-3-1. It offered little protection to Lichsteiner. At times, I felt he was a bit lackedaisical with his defending bc he was tasked as a winger.

Auba and LAca I feel we should take advantage of. Particularly Laca who can affect our play high up and all though he may not be scoring as much as Auba, he makes things happen for us. They have a good level of understanding and pressure against the Liverpool backline from two strikers would coax the mistakes out of them. They weren’t as solid as the media would care to imagine.

Also with Lichsteiner already demonstrably lacking sharpness and pace from the previous match, it made sense to have Mustafi cover right side and keep Sokratis central.

Instead with the back 2 Cbacks, we struggled to contain them when they swamped from midfield following two give aways from Torreira.

I think we would have been better served with the 3 at the back with our Cbacks ceding some space out wide should Liverpool counter but holding the area around the box tighter.

If we needed a change up top, Iwobi should have come on for say Laca with then Ramsey shifting right or we could take Ramsey off have a 3 up top with iwobi left, Laca right and Auba in the middle interchanging with either player.

I’m not sure why we were lined up with a 4 at the back and Lichsteiner as fullback.

Hope we have a good think again. I’d prefer to have Lichsteiner tucked into a back 3 with AMN covering him as wingback if we needed to take either of Mustafi or Koscielny off.

The gaffer I feel got things wrong last two matches. Granted we are want for resources at the moment, we are not playing to our optimum.

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

FFS

Luther
Luther

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fMCY-At2KU&fbclid=IwAR12AqVOxNzRH0YFPn57IWMJRQ3itBUMuXzpQq74LDgCMelyR3OLdmyAJ4E

Ok this explains everything. If you still slag off Ozil, then you’re beyond repair.