Sanllehi hopeful that Ozil can contribute more

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Arsenal’s Head of Football Raul Sanllehi says he’s hopeful that Arsenal will see more of Mesut Ozil this season, declaring that his quality is not in question.

However, like Unai Emery, he appears to have raised question marks over his work-rate and suggested that he needs to do more to win a place back in the team again.

Speaking at a Fan’s Forum event last night, the Spaniard said, “There is nothing against Mesut. On the contrary, I hope we get to see him much more in the next games because his qualities are without question, but he needs to contribute 24-7 and that’s what Unai expects from him.

“It’s not that he’s not working so well, but there are others who are deserving more playing time, but Unai can’t treat him differently than any other player.

“You may have read that Unai has put a barrier up, but nothing at all like this has happened.”

Ozil has played just 71 minutes of Premier League football this season, and hasn’t been in the squad for the last few games with Emery saying other players deserved a place ahead of the German who remains the club’s highest paid player by some distance.

There have been reports that Ozil has put his house up for sale, leading to speculation that he’s preparing for a move, but given the sinister attack on him earlier this season and the fact his property was shown on TV, he might just be moving away for security reasons.

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Ozzil
Ozzil

The sooner Ozil leave the club the better. Hopefully he can bring along all of his cinderella fans on his way out.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Leaves the club? When Emery gets sacked they are making him player manager. A training session every other week, daily fortnite tourneys and we won’t ever show up to away games.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Someone’s been paying Sanllehi and Per to leak false stroies to the media about Ozil.

It’s……………….. Unai Emery.

Nzini
Nzini

Not going to away games just might be what we need to be first in the league

mjc1892
mjc1892

The guy I sit next to loves Ozil (of course not how he’s being at the moment) and has been a season ticket holder for over a decade. Just because someone has a different opinion to you don’t fool yourself into thinking you’re any more of a fan.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

I think it’s less about being a fan but more about letting an obsession over a player destroy all reasonable debate. It’s extremely frustrating and tiresome to hear how our superstar player needs two WC strikers, a WC winger, a WC DM and a WC manager just to perform at an adequate level! And it’s just embarrassing when his supporters claim he’s the most creative player in the league.

He was an excellent if flawed player, now he’s just flawed. People questioned why he was being left out, but now we know and it’s from someone I’d like to think we can trust. Can we move on now please?

Usmanov
Usmanov

“I think it’s less about being a fan but more about letting an obsession over a player destroy all reasonable debate… People questioned why he was being left out, but now we know and it’s from someone I’d like to think we can trust. Can we move on now please?”

Spot on!

A P
A P

Cinderella fans? Hopefully we will throw you out on your ear with Emery.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Cinderella because even if Ozil gets the ball in his sights, he’s always dragged off on the hour.

Burr
Burr

I cannot wait to overreact to these comments.

DPK
DPK

I’ll see your overreaction & raise you a total meltdown

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

It’s a global conspiracy. God forbid Our head of football and our academy manager be telling the truth.
Haters lie. It is known.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Raul is clearly colluding with Emery to release Ozil’s emails!

Clockendrider
Clockendrider

Emery shot JR.

DPK
DPK

And Mr Burns

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

I won’t be so hard on Emery anymore, concerning Ozil. It’s shocking that somebody on 350k per week doesn’t apply himself properly

Ballz
Ballz

Wtf does ‘apply himself’ even mean? How tf does he get away with not applying himself until he’s 30 years old, when coincidentally, a manager who has a history of falling out with high profile players decides to bench him?

This is not Neymar we’re talking about. Ozil had no history of falling out with managers until Unai. None of his colleagues talk shit about him. Ramsey said he was the teacher’s pet, but how many times did Ramsey and Jack walk straight back into the first 11 after being injured, at the expense of others who had been training?

Goonerink

the teachers pets are usually the ones who put in effort too.

if there are others who deserve a place in the team over ozil then a few things can be looked at…
are they:
fitter
better
more suited to the system
putting in effort

not many of our team are better than ozil in a technical sense, so that leaves fitter, effort and system.
there are rumours he is suffering an illness, unai’s system changes from half to half let alone game to game and as for effort no one outside of London Colney knows how much effort they train with.

so the only conclusion is that he is sick/unfit, which if you look at last season fits the facts, last season emery pushed him out of his comfort zone and he played through illness alot, this season emery doesnt need to use him as much.

Alex
Alex

Many fitter players than Pirlo in his last outings for Italy. Never stopped him picking up the plaudits. Nor did anyone suggest and 18 year old who could run further should replace him.

Clockendrider
Clockendrider

I wonder if that was because Pirlo kept on delivering? Could they be linked?

Rich
Rich

You should read Ozil’s autobiography, he regularly fell out with Mourinho.

The reason Rambo+Wilshere+Ozil used to walk into Arsene’s teams, was because Arsene used to pick the same set of players every week, even if they were underperforming….

Emery is different, he picks players on form+application, and as much as I love Arsene, I prefer Emery’s philosophy on this one.

People may point to Emery continually picking Xhaka, but Xhaka isn’t Emery’s signing, and from what I read no one would question Xhaka’s application or commitment, and I’m not convinced of a viable internal alternative right now.

We have Ceballos+Pepe settling in, meaning we need some level of continuity within the team.
Torreira came back late, and doesn’t have Xhaka’s passing range, or ariel ability.
Willock looks promising, but that would leave us with a 2 20yr olds at the base of our midfield, and Willock’s ball retention stats aren’t great, the last thing we need is another young lads confidence destroyed, think of Niles at right back, or Holding being thrown into a chaotic back line a few years back, or Chambers at right back in his first season, we need to manage these young lads progression into the first team, not hang them out to dry.

Ozil is a talented player, but he’s been on the slide for a long time now, hopefully people in the club like Mertesacker, Raul and Emery questioning his commitment gets a positive reaction, but I wouldn’t hold your breath….

A Different George
A Different George

Emery picks players on form and application? Denis Suarez straight off the plane and off the bench at the Etihad? It is simply absurd to think that there is not a single match, home or away, against top teams or weak ones, against teams that come out and teams that stay back–there is not one match where Ozil would make us a better team. Really? You honestly believe that?

YaGunnersYa
YaGunnersYa

To be fair, it is unsurprising that any reasonable individual would fall out with Mourinho.

Timi
Timi

So Pepe has contributed more to this team than Ozick would? Get a grip man!

Timi
Timi

*Ozil

I'm 14 Again
I'm 14 Again

“It’s not that he’s not working so well, but there are others who are deserving more playing time…”

That statement by Raul seems to mean that Oil is putting in some work just like Ornstein reported some time last season when Ozil improved on effort in training.

What you mean by “apply himself” and this talk of how he’s lazy and just wants to sit on the bench and get paid is just bollocks really.

Dave Cee
Dave Cee

Allow me to translate. It’s not that he’s not working so well, but there are others who are working better. There, easy really

A Different George
A Different George

No, I don’t think that’s the translation at all. He’s saying “There is no problem with Ozil’s training, but the manager thinks other players should start, and we support the manager’s decision.” You can agree or disagree with playing Ozil–but no one has actually said he is not training well.

TheLimpBar
TheLimpBar

It’s not about being the “teachers pet”, Ramsey specifically said that Ozil many times asked for time off training – and often got it. It’s actually a pretty big deal for someone to say that about a team mate in public, and I don’t think anyone could question Ramsey’s commitment on the pitch or off it. It strikes me that what both Emery and Sanlehi are saying is the truth – that Emery is a manager who wants to see the same effort from everybody and there will be no special cases. This may not have been the case with Arsene Wenger, but this is a different manager now.

In truth I want, and have always wanted, Ozil to be a success at our club, and I am sure that pretty much every fan feels the same. But disregarding what people say, what noises come from the manager and the players, statistics, etc. the fact is when you just look with your own eyes you can see even in matches that Ozil will shirk out of any vaguely physical confrontation, and I’m not sure he has genuinely contested a headed ball in his time at the club! I get the argument to say that that’s not what his game is about – but it’s 2019, football has changed – EVERY player has to challenge himself in the areas of weakness. The ball is surely and firmly in Ozil’s court the way I see it. If he works as hard as everyone else in training and he shows improvement in other areas of his game, why would a manager not pick a player of such undoubted talent?

Karmafrench
Karmafrench

Have you seen auba contesting header ?
Players can t be good at everything. That s why they are eleven. Football is about complementarity. Look at auba and laca. Perfect duo. Laca is a hard worker. A warrior. He will fight for the ball. He make the defender tired. He is also very good with the ball in his feet (Ball holding, rush, shot, pass ). But auba is more about placement. He sense where he need to be and and when. Fantastic finishers ( even if he misses some “easy” goal ). Also good with the ball but he doesnt fight like laca does. And he looks more transparent without laca.
Ozil need laca too. And pepe too.
In fact we all need laca. Laca is awesome.

TheLimpBar
TheLimpBar

I agree with what you say after your first sentence – in answer to that question: yes, for example in the first half on Sunday, he produced a great flick which no-one read as they didn’t expect him to win the header!

Of course certain players are better at certain things. And some players certainly are more ‘fighters’ than others. But Ozil will often jump about 4 yards in front of where the ball is going so he goes up, but is nowhere near the ball – and nowhere near the opposite player! Also he will make moves often towards an opponent who has the ball but not really get near them. This is the kind of thing I am talking about – basic stuff. Even Pires learnt! 🙂

craszy gunner
craszy gunner

Yes I have seen auba contest headers lots of times ..he often doesn’t win but he tries at least …Ozil shirks like he is afraid of the defender barging in to him and that is just poor ..piss poor from a professional footballer

Martin
Martin

I’ve never seen Ozil ever shirk challenges at any time. Even at his peak he was never great defensively but that doesn’t mean he pulls out of challenges.

craszy gunner
craszy gunner

I love ozil but lets call a spade a spade I can not remember ozil actually challenging for a header I mean genuinely in 6yrs at the club…there are many times when I am watching and just thinking how can a player that makes his livelihood from this be allowed to get away with it…I am not expecting him to barge in to the defender but at least try and put him off it often makes the difference between the defender heading easily to a team mate or hurriedly making a mistake which we can exploit…I can not remember a single player in the premiership who does that…Henry was poor with his head but he will make his presence felt….and sometimes thats just what fans …and probably the coach wants to see….I remember ozil scoring a header 5yrs ago against Napoli at the emirates…the fact that I still remember that day should tell you something…

I always felt that Wenger indulged Ozil to excess..I am all for him working hard for hard pay …simples..

Martin
Martin

I have seen Ozil make many challenges with his head and has even scored the odd goal with his head

Henrypiresberg
Henrypiresberg

Because Emery wants all 11 to run like headless chicken that doesn’t mean football has changed. It will change if this Mediocre manager can achieve a Premier league medal with this rudderless style. I bet, he won’t.

Timi
Timi

What effort does he want to see? We are simply not creating enough goal scoring chances. He needs Ozil and he needs to set up his team differently. How can a coach ever play Xhaka who is error prone and would almost certainly cost you points and bench Ozil who would almost certainly earn you points while playing pretty football? Emery is a small minded coach in a big club and he is on his way to bring the club to his level with his pettiness.

Henrypiresberg
Henrypiresberg

The most sensible argument I read in a while.

Gee
Gee

Exactly Ozil has done more for the club than emery. If the jury is out over anyone it’s him.

And how does Pepe get away with being in the team when Ozil wa apparently dropped for the things that Pepe is also not doing? , tracking back, defensive shift, shape of team, too weak to play away – it’s all BS from a man that lacks good man management skills. Even if what he says is true about Ozil these are matters that should be dealt with privately not getting senior management to say he is lazy in training. Digging people out in public rarely works.

Bob's Mexican Cousin
Bob's Mexican Cousin

That’s a narrative put out by Emery to justify his idiocy. Let’s hope he gets the sack soon. It’s about time we start enjoying watching our team play competently and entertainingly again.

#EmeryOut

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Raul has literally told you that Ozil isn’t working hard enough and yet that’s Emery’s fault…?

I'm 14 Again
I'm 14 Again

I don’t see where Raul makes that revelation that Ozil isn’t working hard enough…

“It’s NOT that he’s NOT working so well, but there are others who are deserving more playing time”

Perhaps it’s just about preference and not work ethic?

Martin
Martin

Rubbish. I cannot understand one vote of approval

Bob's Mexican Cousin
Bob's Mexican Cousin

Everything is Emery’s fault 🙂

Usmanov
Usmanov

Mertesacker (who trained with him btw) says so in very clear and direct vocabulary. But I guess coach, head of football, head of the academy and former teammate (all of them insiders) can’t convince these fans and bloggers otherwise.

So, yes it’s Emery’s fault?

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

sure, It’s a global conspiracy to tarnish Ozil.

A Different George
A Different George

No one’s claiming a conspiracy. Speaking for myself, Ozil is a very talented player who brings much-needed creativity and link-up play to our attack. I believe there are many matches where we would be better, in fact much better, with him playing. I would like to see him play in some matches to find out. I cannot understand why that is not happening. Rational? I think so.

craszy gunner
craszy gunner

Personally I am waiting for Emery to be sacked and sadly for Ozil to be shown the door also…it pains me to say it but as much as I love him..I know his best days are behind him..we have to look to the future…

Martin
Martin

P11 W7 D3 L1. 3rd in the table. Bellerin, Holding and Tierney coming back from injury. New players beginning to gel. A fantastic bunch of youngsters such as Martinelli, Guendouzi, Saka, Willock, Nelson. Yes let’s sack Emery

Juuko jeremiah
Juuko jeremiah

If unai cant see that our team lacks creativity them he should be sacked. We have one of the best creative midfielder in world. But because Emery want to crew battles with big players everywhere he goe that’s y h ends up sacked. Yes we all know Ozil is not that type of player with much physical as emery wants but he can give us some good flow of the game
Seriously goes back to f**ck Emery since this seasin began we play poor football. Bad system s

Martin
Martin

He has on his few appearances this season

Ballz
Ballz

This is the most vague and bullshit explanation I’ve ever heard! So it’s not that he’s not running around enough during training, but still others deserve to play more? On what basis do they deserve to play more? Because it can’t be their talent or output on the field. Guendouzi, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka, Nelson, Pepe, none of them will create half as many chances for Auba and Laca as Ozil did last season.

He is by far the most creative player we have on our team. Even though he didn’t play much last season, he still by far created the most chances on our team.

This seems like a power struggle between Unai and him to me. Unai probably told him to run 8 laps in 20 minutes, and he did 7 in 30 minutes. A good manager probably wouldn’t hold a grudge for something so simple, but Unai was scarred by PSG and he’s determined to not let it ever happen again, even if it comes at the expense of Ozil.

People are gonna point out that Mourinho also had a go at Ozil, but that was during a heated exchange in the dressing room at half time when Madrid wasn’t doing so well. Mom never dropped him from his squad, and he went on to play some of his best football for Madrid during that season.

Alex
Alex

Yep, the question is: what “work hard” means? And then it becomes very subjective. Especially when you watch Arsenal – Valencia last season (for example), nobody can say Özil didn’t “work hard”.

atom
atom

He worked hard but citing a tie where Auba & Laca basically won it entirely by themselves isn’t exactly the best advertisement for what Ozil brings to the team. He contributed very little that tie – as it pretty much everyone but our forwards.

Hank Scoprio
Hank Scoprio

Too true. In his last meaningful season at Arsenal Ozil covered the 3rd highest distance per 90 minutes. By that measure he works hard.

NexPress
NexPress

2018/19 Big Chances Created (premierleague.com)

Kola – 10
Mkhi – 10
Iwobi – 10
Xhaka – 5
Guendouzi – 3
Ozil – 3

Read it and weep fanboy

ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
ArsenesLongSufferingZipper

To be fair to Ozil, it’s kind of hard to “create chances” from the bench or from the stands.

Pau
Pau

… and from home.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

A lot of people work from home these days…:-)

Caligunner
Caligunner

Nexpress

Wtf

It’s not about passes the just lead to a potential assist. It’s about making the pass that can unlock or create something positive in the final third.

craszy gunner
craszy gunner

let us ignore what Emery may or may not have said…what about what my eyes are seeing?..

ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
ArsenesLongSufferingZipper

Leave Guendouzi out of this. And give him the armband while you’re at it.

Tonny
Tonny

I believe there can be a very big difference between running around alot in training and producing on match day. You can never have certain qualities however much you work hard. Ozil has no replica in the squad, just play him. If it clicks with the front three of PAL, we could be very dangerous.

Bendtnerschristmastree
Bendtnerschristmastree

Erdogan is a genocidal fucking war criminal. Mesut can fuck right off to turkey with him.

Samu
Samu

Erdogan is known to turn up to peoples weddings unannounced for his own political gain. Ozil has never posted a picture of him at his wedding, it was Erdogan himself. The rest i won’t deny lol.

Bendtnerschristmastree
Bendtnerschristmastree

He was literally the best man.

Assshavin
Assshavin

I find it strange that Ozil seems so close to Erdogan, considering Ozil comes across as such a nice person, and Erdogan such a massive cunt.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

I do not want politics discussed here but Erdogan worse than John Terry thousand times.

Clockendrider
Clockendrider

This is the kind of comment which gets the internet a bad name.

Nobody is worse than John Terry.

wright gangsta
wright gangsta

Nice to get some clarity on this, because I feel that a lot of the hate and criticism towards Emery stems from the Özil situation. So to get another view from someone inside should hopefully alleviate that a little bit.

Usmanov
Usmanov

” because I feel that a lot of the hate and criticism towards Emery stems from the Özil situation”

Spot on!

I think a lot of these fans and bloggers have become too invested in/wedded to that narrative.

ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
ArsenesLongSufferingZipper

My own “hate and criticism” towards Emery stems from the Xhaka situation.

Henrypiresberg
Henrypiresberg

My own “hate and criticism” comes from the fact that he doesn’t have a footballing philosophy with this team even after 18 months and the way me make Watford look like Real Madrid.

wright gangsta
wright gangsta

I also can’t understand why Xhaka is never dropped, even when it is glaringly obvious that he just offers us so little. But I find it hard to blame Emery on this, because for whatever inexplicable reason, Wenger also consistently stepped into this same bucket. Is it just because Xhaka is your traditional teacher’s pet who gets straight A’s no matter what he does or perhaps there is some strategic, data-driven reason to this? Anyways he has been the captain for almost all the teams he has played for and under several different managers, so who’s to say that Klopp or Guardiola wouldn’t opt for him as well?

The other criticism towards Emery, which gets thrown around a lot, that he has got us playing with no clear strategy. I find that a bit funny, because two years ago the majority was criticising Wenger for having zero tactical adaptability. So now we have a manager from the complete opposite end of the spectrum, who switches things around on a weekly basis depending on the opponent and he gets criticised for not having a “clear playing style”…
While I do think that there probably exists a golden midway in terms of change and keeping faith in players/system, I think Emery is approaching these games very rationally, and getting a team to be capable of playing multiple systems is a long process. Especially if many of the players are used to playing a very certain type of system and if some of the players don’t really shine in the learning-from-your-mistakes department. And the frustration that people have with regards to the lack of clear style or whatnot, actually comes mostly from the fact that EPL has become a much tougher league now, and while I’d say we’ve made steps forward in the last two years, we just are not that good yet in terms of playing staff. But if our new players and some younger ones start to produce we might just make the jump forward suddenly.

Henrypiresberg
Henrypiresberg

@Wright Gangsta
Wenger would not adapt tactically but he had a playing philosophy similarly all coaches Klopp, Guardiola, Simeone has a playing philosophy. And also, tactical awareness doesn’t mean changing and chopping team and formation every week. There is a thick line almost a highway between changing and chopping being confused and tactically adapt. Emery is no close to any of the top tactical coaches.

Also, Wenger had a clear footballing philosophy and wanted to emulate cryuff. He gave us eye catching football with some serious success and he never had meltdown with players or as team for 22 years ( even Jurgen Klopp was tottering last with Dortmund and somehow saved the season coming 7th). So please don’t don’t compare Unai to Wenger. Unai at his best days is close to worse days of Wenger.

A Different George
A Different George

Yes, but. A lot of the criticism of Emery comes from watching Arsenal play–for example, the second half against Bournemouth where we looked like we were Sevilla trying to hold off Barcelona. The dire, uncreative, defeatist football we played at Old Trafford is what makes me angry. And Ozil might–based on his quality, his history, and the few glimpses we have had this season–make us better.

Caligunner
Caligunner

The hate comes from how bad the team plays. They play like a mid table team. No ambition.

This BS that they are 3rd and with 1 loss is laughable at this point in the season. When there is no separation between many of the clubs at this point. We a drawing now with clubs we should beat if we are playing well. These are the points that are going to matter at the end of the season

Sancheezy
Sancheezy

I don’t understand why everyone (Ozil supporters) think it’s okay for Ozil not put in the work in training like every other player and deserves special treatment from training.

In the real world, if I’m being paid more, that means it’s expected I contribute more at work hence why I’m being paid more.

Ozil needs to put in the work. I actually side with Emery because Ozil was a big part of the pre-season games and still named a captain. Emery’s has been fair and transparent about him for the most part at his time here at Arsenal.

Ballz
Ballz

On what basis are you suggesting that Ozil is not putting in the work?

Goonerjae
Goonerjae

on the basis that hes not appearing every week perhaps

Facts&BS
Facts&BS

And yet he somehow managed to play over 30 games for Schalke, around 71 games for Bremen, over 120 games for Real Madrid and almost 200 games for arsenal…..that is without mentioning assists, chances created, e.t.c.

Martin
Martin

Rubbish

chepetin
chepetin

On what basis do you think he is?

TheLimpBar
TheLimpBar

The most obvious basis is what he does on the pitch for me – something we can all see. Sure he may cover ground (even I can easily clock in 11k over 95 minutes and I’m 42) but he will not genuinely challenge for the ball and is very fearful of headers – in fact I don’t think I have seen someone shirk more headed balls in all my years watching the team! Effort isn’t only running, it’s attitude, really wanting to win by putting in the hard yards and the dirty work where it’s needed.

ASH
ASH

Carzola, Iniesta, Xavi well even Messi have not challenged for a header in their life also

Canuck Gunner
Canuck Gunner

Depends on what you mean by contribute – is that based on effort or results? If our young srikers worked harder than Auba in practice, does that mean Auba should lose his starting position? Not saying Ozil is a world beater by himself, but he typically creates more chances than anyone else we have. Before last year, he was consistently in the top 10 in the league for chances created. Now we finally have a killer front line that should be able to bury the chances, but it would mean giving Ozil a consistent run of games. Of course that won’t happen anymore. Just a sad ending to his time at Arsenal.

Henrypiresberg
Henrypiresberg

I hope emery to be sacked before Ozil moves and then comes a manager who can bring out best of this Arsenal. We should be an attacking menace in the league with a team like this instead we are registering 2 shots against mid table teams. Can we run a campaign to throw emery out.

Yankee Gooner
Yankee Gooner

More importantly, on what basis in the “real world” do you think compensation is meritoriously based on working hard?

Martin
Martin

How do you know Ozil never works as hard at training as anyone else. I assume you believe the anti Ozil media

Sammy
Sammy

Talking about pre-season, he was one of our best players in that time, against Barca and Madrid he was wow. To cut the long story short Emery doesn’t like Ozil to be in his team even when he was playing well last season Enemy still ended up dropping him saying that he needed energy. Emery game plan is shit as I see it even Ozil worst critic said Ozil shoul be given a chance in the middle so as to allow Pepe shine. Or are you saying they Pepe is better than Ozil this season yet Pepe plays every game. Emery doesn’t like Ozil that’s just it. Xhaka has been playing stupidly and yet he gets in the match day squad and you guys are saying Ozil is not playing well. Better think before saying some shits out here. F**k Emery and Raul

Alex
Alex

Actually what happens at work is you ove perform before you’re paid more in most cases.

Caligunner
Caligunner

I get what you are saying but we aren’t in some “real”world are we? This is professional sports. No one cares who wins in some drill or inter squad game. This isn’t some 17-19 yo ozil trying to breakthrough. I think players should always give good effort but players at his level Who are established shouldn’t have to grind it out like a 17-19 yo. Unfortunately those don’t count. No one gets paid because they train the hardest.

In the real world only the thing that should matter is results in real games.

atom
atom

@caligunner
His performances have been pretty average for the past several years now. This isn’t a case of Ozil sluffing off in training & then consistently performing at a world class level when he plays games. If that was the case he would be the first name on the team sheet as ultimately Emery cares about winning games.

The other question for those who really think Ozil should be starting – which of our young midfielders shouldn’t be getting playing time as Ozil really needs 2 defensive midfielders behind him (Xhaka for better or worse is playing) which likely means Gendouzi, Willock & Ceballos aren’t playing.

Caligunner
Caligunner

@atom

Of course I agree if you isolate his particular play and look at his assist. But I see it as a team game. I think numbers like goals and assist are fun to look at but it’s how the team plays. I feel like as much as I love AW he never built a team around him and had below avg players that just weren’t good enough Especially last few years. like you mentioned who do I play behind him if he starts in CAM position? I really don’t know. In my world xhaka isn’t one of them lol. I know why you mentioned him because he’s automatic under emery but if ozil is playing than something has changed lol maybe a combo of ceballos/torreia/guendouzi/chambers/willock? I would pull ozil in the Late 2nd half if we have the lead to more or less protect it. I don’t care he doesn’t like it lol

I see more than assist. I look at the passes that he makes in the final third. There are things to me he does that is worth having him on the pitch. Until you truly have players that are better.

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If we’re getting rid of Xhaka then IMO we actually have a much better functioning midfield without Ozil still as Gendouzi/Torriera/Willock/Ceballos would allow us to have a hard working modern midfield which frees up Lacazette/Auba/Pepe and still has some creativity /unpredictability coming via Ceballos/Willock. Xhaka isn’t a bad player – he just causes us a lot of issues as he isn’t mobile & we’re asking him to play in a position that requires mobility. He’s probably perfect for a slow moving league like Italy in reality.

Bryan Clayden
Bryan Clayden

The simple question is are we actually any better when Ozil doesn’t play? I would say we haven’t suddenly got 10 times better defensively with him out the team as that was always put on him he was at fault for not tracking or tackling back.
Would he improve us offensively? Could he be the key to getting the best out of Pepe with his vision and passing ability.
We have a run of games coming up where i would love to see Ozil behind a front 3 of Laca, auba, Pepe.
We won’t know if this could be a devastating attack that would see us smash in 3 or 4 on a regular basis.
I say Ozil in because i believe we are still a better FOOTBALL team with him playing than him not. Fk the drama and just be proper professionals Mr Emery and Mr Ozil. Put Arsenal first and we could have a great attractive attack that gets us excited to be an Arsenal fan again

Clockendrider
Clockendrider

“The simple question is are we actually any better when Ozil doesn’t play?“
The simpler question is are we actually any better when Ozil does play?
The evidence of the last few years points the the answer to the latter being “not really”.
It would be lovely to think otherwise but I’m afraid that would be a bit like believing in astrology, or copper bangles for rheumatism.

ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
ArsenesLongSufferingZipper

All I know is that our football is simply dog shit at the moment.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

yeah, and that automatically means whoever is on the bench is better than the ones already playing?

Samu
Samu

I think we are going 3 solid hard working mids and two great quick full backs like liverpool.

Oregoon

Yes, and that leaves Ozil where? Not in the picture on the front three when there are Pepe, Auba, Laca, Baka, Martinelli, or Nelson available. In midfield, he won’t work hard enough to Emery’s liking. (See Liverpool work rate of midfielders.) Believe this is what management means when they talk about Mesut’s “training” issues, and who deserves to play.

craszy gunner
craszy gunner

I luv your front 4 ..its a mouth watering prospect…but sadly we don’t have enough physicality (torreira /Gwendouzi and athleticism ( xhaka ) to back the front 4 …we may get away with it at home against lower league opposition..the problem is the EPL is so bloody competitive there are no easy games any more..
And if we play that front 4 against the top sides they will wipe us with the floor because Ozil and Pepe don’t offer much defensive cover…the modern game does not allow for carrying any players..

Have a look at the top 2 teams …do you see them carrying any players….that’s why they are on top!!

craszy gunner
craszy gunner

if we had 2 Ngolo Kante’s behind them it could work tho…

ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
ArsenesLongSufferingZipper

No team deserves to have more than one Ngolo Kante.

Karmafrench
Karmafrench

This look so much like bullshit. Trying To put the thing on ozil.
I m not saying that he is trying as much as the others, i m sure there is some truth. But what is the point in giving everything in training ? A shit player Will still be a shit player. And physical abilities are the same. I can train as much as CR7 that doesnt mean i will be like him.

And lets say he doesnt train like he is supposed too. What as change between now and the pre-season ? Maybe the fact that you see à loaned guy being ahead of you just because he run like à no head chicken could make you lose motivation ( i like ceballos but what was the point in bringing him against nottingham or sélecting him in europa league ahead of ozil ? The guy Will definitely not stay with us ). And motivation are essentiels for training every day like professional athlete does.

Just loan him out.

atom
atom

This really is a case where actions speak much louder than words. Emery & Raul are being much more careful in regards to what they say about Ozil than Mustafi for instance, whom Emery was quite open about wanting to leave. This likely is down to a combination of 3 things: it’s much more difficult to find someone who is willing to take Ozil on his current deal, Ozil appears to not want to leave unless a dream scenario pops up, Ozil has a very sophisticated PR team.

The reality is however that Raul/Edu/Emery have made it very clear to Ozil that his Arsenal career is pretty much over at this point. He has 18 months left & given his age/spotty performances over the past few years (he hasn’t played this year) it’s really unlikely we would hand him a new contract or build a team around him. So waiting out Emery really isn’t an option – particularly as no top European team plays with a true number 10 anymore = he’s likely in the same boat regardless of who the manager is. It’s probably best for everyone at this point if we are willing to subsidize his wages enough to move him on this January – maybe to an MLS side or Turkish as they were the only ones to reportedly have any interest despite it being quite obvious we would love to move him on.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Yep it’s pretty obvious

Vonnie
Vonnie

Emery doesn’t seem to be a very intelligent person. He reads a lot of books and seems to think he’s some sort of psychologist, and in his book he tells how when he was playing he didn’t know what he was supposed to do, so now he micro-manages the players to ensure that they know exactly what they are supposed to do. This is why he is called a teacher, anyone at a higher level would realise that we have some very intelligent players in our team who probably know more than he ever will about the game of football, and allow them the space to play the game, to enjoy the game, like Bergkamp says. I’m sure that Mesut Ozil isn’t the only player to have a problem with Unai Emery, there seems to be an obvious issue with Lucas Torreira brewing, and the boring, scripted shit that is being served up all the time can’t be popular with the majority of the squad, surely? Running around in training and kowtowing to somebody who likes to prove he’s the main man isn’t what wins matches, and there is absolutely no information coming out to say that Mesut hasn’t been trying in training, has been disruptive, or anything. I just wish someone, somewhere, would get rid of Unai Emery and get us a manager who actually sets out to play decent football, and doesn’t tell lies all the time about how he likes to be a protagonist, when he is really a cowardly, negative manager. Left to his own devices he would have signed Nzonzi and Banega and turned us into some sort of Stoke.

Henrypiresberg
Henrypiresberg

The people who downvote should never downvote when we loose to a mid table team or register two shots against a mid table team. You guys deserve to be playing like this.

Goonerjae
Goonerjae

I’ll be honest, as much as I rate him as a world class footballer, I’d be so happy to see the back of him

Henrypiresberg
Henrypiresberg

I’ll be honest as much as you think Emery is mediocre, you will like to have him as a manager, is it?

Rich
Rich

Why has Ozil been named one of our five captains?

He can’t get in our match day squad, because his application isn’t high enough, so it can’t be for leading by example….

He doesn’t come across as a particularly inspirational figure off the pitch either.

I think the Criticism of Emery is way OTT, and using democracy in the dressing room to reaffirm Xhaka as captain was clever, but making Ozil 1 of our 5 captains when he can’t even make the league cup squad, was just plain ridiculous.

The sooner we put the Ozil debate to bed the better, hopefully we can get permanently shot of him in Jan, and then use his wages to improve the squad elsewhere.

Vonnie
Vonnie

Maybe because the players voted for him and Emery couldn’t leave him out. Emery needs to realise he’s not messing around with a twit like Neymar, but rather that Mesut is a very popular person and well loved by very many people. Also, many Arsenal fans aren’t stupid, and don’t just believe what they are spoon fed if it doesn’t make sense, even if Mesut isn’t one of your favourite players this situation is weird and the way Emery has handled this whole thing stinks.

John
John

Am I the only one who thinks the “vote for your captain” thing was, in part, a sly way for Emery to demote Ozil? Ozil was one of two captains staying on from last year, but only became 5th captain, effectively meaning he’ll only wear the armband when playing with the youngsters in the cups. With all the rage about Xhaka, this demotion didn’t get much attention, but must surely have been felt by the man himself.

Vonnie
Vonnie

Yes John, and I think he would have left him out completely but enough players voted for him so he couldn’t.

A P
A P

Your sucking up to Emery is OTT.

DPK
DPK

As OTT as your hypocrisy AP 👍

Roof_attack
Roof_attack

We as fans can only best guess what the situation is , we will never know whats going on in these guy’s lives , maybe it will come out one day , but do not take everything a face value. It could be down to a simple case of a personality clash which is being played down by the club , or Mesut might have some personal problems , like the attempted robbery , or a million and one other things that humans go through. I don’t think people should assume anything. Just support the Arse and whoever puts on the shirt on match day.

Mouise
Mouise

Also last season we had all the panel of excuses for letting Özil aside: tactical, technical, physical, “others deserve more”. Now it’s “others deserve more”. Let’s see what it’ll be in the future but meanwhile the team is s*** and we’re lucky to be at this position thanks to the collapse of others and to Auba. Oh, btw, the defense is not better without “Özilwhodoesn’ttrackback”.

Hesselini
Hesselini

I truly want ozil to play well. Everybody (including emery) does. The team is probably not set up to bis best skillset. Which is the throughpass. The team is to static. On the other hand, please watch the Nottingham forrest game. The 66th minute just before he is subbed. Watch what he does and it is no wonder why he has been taken off or is not in the starting lineup. Just watch!

I'm 14 Again
I'm 14 Again

I assume the 66th minute, that one minute is the most important one. If we judged all our players on their worst minute in any or every game, then we would not have a squad

Ricardo
Ricardo

There is a time when working smart outclass the hardwork that Unai calls tactics. EVen if Ozil, Sokratis, Xhaka and Luiz can train more they wil never have more pace and if Football is satisfied by more running during training then Ozil will never be on first eleven. Arsenal needs the intelligence of Ozil in supplying strikers with passes. Our wins have been a gamble so far. If Unai was fair Xhaka and Sokratis are not doing good but still he fields them. Unai is just making a cover up since we all know he hate Ozil because of the words exchange during Europa league final. If there is no forgive and forget in football then Unai will always chest every single petty talks and this destroys the team

Karmafrench
Karmafrench

What happened during the europa league final ? I have only find “you are not a coach” but that comes from turkish sources. It s true ? Confirmed by people in the club ?

Fart OverJars
Fart OverJars

Happy enough with this explanation.

it is a long arse season and we are still in all the cups.

Gunner in Canada
Gunner in Canada

It’s been said, the best defense is a great offense.
To me, the best example of Ozil is the game against Leicester City last season.
Go on youtube and watch the highlights from that game.

Vonnie
Vonnie

Exactly, this is what we’re missing because Unai Emery doesn’t do creativity and has a problem with Mesut Ozil. I’ll keep Mesut over Emery any day.

NexPress
NexPress

Turns up one game in twenty. You got highlights of the other 23 league games from last season where he was guff?

Hurensohn
Hurensohn

No they probably don’t want all our league games or attend matches. I get the feeling ozil only exists in the world of youtube highlight reels for the majority of these commentors…

Vonnie
Vonnie

Actually Hurenson, many of us Ozil fans are fortunate to be able to attend matches, but I must confess that this season the footie on show has been so fucking boring I haven’t even bothered to try to get a ticket. Being able to attend matches doesn’t make anyone a better or more knowledgeable fan than someone who lives far away. Don’t be so condescending to fans who put in a lot of effort at unreasonable hours to watch the team that we all love.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Exactly! The fact that they have to bring up one game from the beginning of last season says it all. And why are we pretending Ozil never plays under Emery? After Ramsey’s injury Ozil played loads of games for us. The defeat at home to Palace, the draw at home to Brighton and of course the Europa League final. All much more recent than the Leicester game. But of course, they don’t fit the narrative that we always play way better with Ozil on the pitch!

Alex
Alex

Maybe the team should try and work less hard but more efficiently. Then we’ll get more chances to goal and the opponents will get less chances to shoot. UE, why not trying this? These days “hard working” is far from meaning “efficiency” for Arsenal.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Ozil is finished at Arsenal, and everybody knows it. When you can’t get in the team ahead of a bunch of kids for a League Cup tie then your time is surely up.

The best thing for Ozil would be a loan move in January, followed by a permanent one next summer.

It’s just such a shame that he’s sucking up so much money.

Jason
Jason

Not picking Ozil because he doesn’t present the coach’s standard of application is one thing, but if that is the case then why make him one of your five captains? What message does that send? I’m struggling to add it all up..

Arse-head
Arse-head

For Emery to sit and watch how shite we’ve been at breaking teams down in recent matches and not even have Ozil on the bench is just stupid. He’s never been the all action type player, so to expect that from him when he’s now in his 30s is again stupid.

Goo-nerd
Goo-nerd

I’ve supported Özil every step of the way because I know his quality and feel he’s been treated unfairly – especially by the German media in the aftermath of the World Cup.

But at a certain point you have to call a spade a spade: he doesn’t work as hard as the other players do in defense. I think Emery could’ve handled the situation better, but to be fair, if a player doesn’t do what you ask – or isn’t capable of it, what are you supposed to do?

Even as a long-time Özil defender, I was pretty unimpressed with his defensive performances during preseason. But in fairness, I think the whole robbery thing threw him off and he hasn’t recovered.

I also think – if Emery is being fair – Pepe hasn’t exactly been a defensive/pressing standout. He was jogging back and leaving Chambers exposed on multiple occasions at Old Trafford. But he doesn’t get similar treatment because he’s part of the club’s future and Özil is clearly not.

The fact that Özil is a Turkish version of a Trump deplorable doesn’t help either – and makes it harder to defend him on multiple levels.

All in all, as much as I’ve liked the player and am thankful for his service to AFC, it would be best for all parties for him to move on as soon as possible.

Henrypiresberg
Henrypiresberg

I like Mourinho but not the kind of football he plays, also not the kind of press statement he gives and also not the poking in the eye but I really like Mourinho and defended for him but also don’t like his parking the bus. Hope you get my point.

Goo-nerd
Goo-nerd

Seems you don’t have much of an appetite for – or the capacity to comprehend – a thoughtful comment.

Perhaps an #ozilout or frothing-at-the-mouth #f*ckemery would suit you better?

MonkeyJoe
MonkeyJoe

Hey Unai, I will outwork half the team, when can I start for Arsenal?
P. S. My football skills are questionable, but like I said my work rate is fantastic. 50k per week will do.
Thanks

Henrypiresberg
Henrypiresberg

He will take you. He wants hardworking farmers or **** sucking players like Xhaka. Makes Özil and Lucas sit out.

Philip Visser
Philip Visser

It a bs narrative that is being spun by Arsenal management and coach about Ozil. I don’t buy it for 1 minute. My opinion is that Ozil is deliberately ostracized because he does not fit into the self-sustaining financial model that the club is pursuing. This means he has to go as his salary is an anomaly. A secondary reason is that Ozil is the remaining (iconic) reminder of the Wenger era and the transition – symbolically and financially- can’t be completed while Ozil is around. I also think that Emery reputation of struggling to manage players with star power has some credence. The narrative of “others deserve more to play, Ozil does not fit Emery style or system” is a narrative to justify anything executive decision. In short Ozil is paying the prize for transition to a new financial model, his status as a Wenger era icon and a manager with limited tactical acumen and man management who resort to petty power games, following the top management wishes, if not instructions

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

To be fair I think they did give him a shot when unai first arrived but since then I think basically you are right

What’s being said now seems vaguely ridiculous

Seattle Gooner
Seattle Gooner

The best way to keep the ball is not to lose it. The more your players are accurate with their passes, the more possession you’ll have, the more chances you’ll create & the more the other team will tire. Ozil never looses the ball, he’s very accurate & he doesn’t over or under hit his passes. Such players will not get into tackles to try to get back the ball that his teammates under or over hit. If he gives you a perfect pass, he expect a level of professionalism from a team mate to do so in return. When he was axed for ‘not working hard’, I expected we’d dominate games like Liverpool or City but alas, we go to games against teams we used to slaughter & we are playing like their equals. We gifting them possession & chances like manna from heaven. I don’t even trust we can beat any team away from home. What’s the point of qualifying for the Champions League if we can dominate the lesser teams in our league? Will we even have a chance of getting out of the group stages. If we are resting the first team for all other tournaments & yet we get sh*t performances in the Premier League, what is to be made of that? You can’t say it’s fatigue since they only play once a week & you can’t say it’s not working hard since Mesut is not in the team. Emery is a fraud & the sooner he’s fired the better our football will get. We have one of the most technically gifted team in the EPL & I can’t understand why we would settle for negative & mediocre football. All I want is Arsenal to play the game beautiful with matching results. We are all Arsenal. ☮️

Monkey knees
Monkey knees

Psst… Emery; play our most creative player. Fixed it.

craszy gunner
craszy gunner

Sorry guys but the ozil experiment ended with Wengers era….it’s really time to move on ..the club has decided..we can’t do anything about it..

Nordin
Nordin

Sorry mate! Not the club decides ok…it is that Useless Emery!!!

Martinellis belly
Martinellis belly

This is such a sad situation.
Even if we accept the narrative he doesnt try hard enough in training hes still by far our most creative player and that is his primary job. You wouldn’t criticise Sokratis for his poor goal record for example
Ozil averaged a goal or an assist every 1.8 games under Wenger. Even under Emery he has created the most chances in the league despite being constantly dropped.
His talent is such that we need to set up in a way that gets the best out of him. I never want to see a midfield of Xhaka Guendouzi and Ceballos again. They are too similar. They cant effectively stop attacks and they cant link with the forwards.We have to drop Xhaka play a 4231 with Torreira and Guendouzi deep to protect the back 4 and then play Ozil as a 10 where he is supposed to play where he absolutely flourishes when he can just concentrate on creating and not wear himself out chasing down every ball. Thats not his skillset. The return of the fullbacks would also give him fantastic targets to pass too.
You play your best players in the position theyre best in concentrating on the things they are best at.
If we let him go watch him shine somewhere else with a manager who uses him properly (not to mention one with some people skills). Its going to be like Santi now in La Liga and were going to be cursing the club for letting him go.
Unais crazy setup could also lead to Torreira wanting out too as hes either benched or used in a totally unsuitable role. If I were Auba or Laca I would be so angry to not have the service from Ozil.
Hope it doesn’t affect their contract decisions.
Ceballos can’t hold a candle to Ozil either, both technically or in his decision making and holds onto the ball far too long, not to mention his awful corners. He’s just more up for a battle which is nice but creativity is more important. Plus hes been clear he wants to go back to Madrid.
If Emery ends up wasting Ozil and Torreiras talent and they leave im going to be furious.
Going to watch the Leicester 3-1 highlights where they both played in their proper positions and cry now

Gordy
Gordy

It’s just absurd. So if Denilson tries harder in training he should play instead of Fabregas. If Bentdner puts more time is he should play instead of Bergkamp. Class is permanent. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFisBhYvw3I

Alex
Alex

Mesut Özil won the Under 21 European Championships, the World Cup, was shortlisted for the Ballon D’Or and nominated for UEFA European Player of the year, being the youngest player to make the top 10 when he did. Scored twice in the final game of the season when Real Madrid became the first Spanish team to break 100 points in a season. He holds the all time record for assists in consecutive games in the premier league (7). Ronaldo is on record that he was angry that Mesut left Madrid because he knew his movement best.

I’m not even his agent. If you think Mesut Özil is done, because Unai Emery would like him to run around a bit more, I think you’re mistaken.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

A lot of people on here appear to be in complete denial; there’s no global conspiracy against Ozil. No shadowy groups plotting the destruction of his career. It’s not Emery not being able to handle superstars like the “super professional and polite” Neymar. He’s just not been good enough, on the pitch and off it, and for some time. That’s it.

We know he was an incredible talent, but if he’s not doing it now (and he’s definitely not!) he doesn’t deserve to play. No ifs, not buts. Baffling that this even has to be said!

George
George

Well, fuck me, Emery sure doesn’t have a problem playing Mustafi, Xhaka, AMN, Kola, Iwobi, and others when they’ve not been good enough. I mean, shit, it’s not like we’re humming without Ozil or our team’s pressing is so amazing that Ozil would ruin it. I get that it’s over for him, but I reckon it’s as much to do with Emery’s schoolmaster approach than anything else.

It happens, I just want it to be over.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Well we’ve heard it from Raul now, of all people. He doesn’t seem like a “schoolmaster” type. It’s time to take these guys at face value; they’re leaving Ozil out due to a lack of effort on his part. Not talent, not tactics, but effort. If Xhaka, Mkhi etc al are being picked over Ozil based on effort, that should really give you and many people on this site pause for thought. I think it’s absolutely damning that our highest paid player is not giving his all on and off the pitch. Absolutely damning.

Jack4343
Jack4343

When Kevin DeBruyne returned to the Premier League from Wolfsburg, I thought Wow, that’s the player Mesut Ozil should’ve turned into. He had such flair and creativity but lacked mental toughness and more importantly, seemed to lack a burning desire to be the best player he could be. It just looked like he never fancied it. Ozil just looks very complacent and very comfortable in how things have worked out in his career. It saddens me but I believe he was capable to be so much better than that.

Vonnie
Vonnie

And yet the stats are almost identical, and Mesut has less game time and for most of the time an inferior team around him. Just because the style is different doesn’t mean he’s not effective.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

“And yet the stats are almost identical” OK now, please go to a non-Arsenal forum and tell people Ozil is as good as KdB 😅. Would be very interested in seeing these “stats” from the last 3 seasons…

Arsenalista
Arsenalista

His Arsenal goose is cooked

Redsy
Redsy

If Sanilehi backs Emerys man management style when it comes to this debacle with Ozil his head should rest firmly.on the same block as E
merys should we fail to make top 4

Caligunner
Caligunner

Raul summer business Is overrated up to this point. He overpaid or didn’t get the players we needed. I don’t really trust his vision yet. Lol

We didn’t need An expensive wide attacking player. What we needed were 1 CB that could be our #1 CB and another to challenge be a starter. Not some young Expensive CB with very little experience and we can’t have access to. Plus imagine his adjustment period once he gets here? Old 30+ cb who isn’t much better than what we have currently.

We didn’t get a legitimate RB for competition or cover for bellerin.

Tierney, is a plus, I’ll admit he’s been impressive up to this point.

Just figure out a way to use him for the next 1.5. They should have figured this out this past summer. Instead of wasting away and having unnecessary drama at the club.

No one is going to want him because of his wage. Why would he take a cut when he can just ride it out. Save his legs for the next club. Why would Any club want him when he doesn’t play regularly to show off what he can do.

MLS or Asia is going to still be there in 1.5yrs. Still get a nice paycheck

redgummy
redgummy

Can we pick a different manager for difficult away games too?

Takeshita-san
Takeshita-san

Sanllehi said: “Unai’s policy has always been to play the ones that work hard in training.”
The above was his immediate response when asked about Ozil which is completely missing from this article.

Caligunner
Caligunner

How does that make sense in regards To Suarez? He immediately got on as sub the week he was pained to the club with hardly any training or even playing for Barca?

Ali Kamal
Ali Kamal

Arsenal has dug a hole for themselves. If they need to get rid of Ozil, the best way is to play him, then you can criticize that he is not performing and pull the rug. This is going to cost Arsenal.

Henrypiresberg
Henrypiresberg

All players loved Wenger because he was honest. Even if they did not make a career out of AFC but always admired Wenger. Look at this mediocre coach, comes to the club, changes the way we play to boring boring Arsenal and brings along all politics, lies and drama. Get rid of him please.

shaka
shaka

ozil has played two games this season. We are in control of both games while he was on the field. I note that no one is saying that he didnt play well in those two games. I also note, that those two games are the only direct evidence the fans have to base their judgement on.

When people are talking about so much stuff that happens off the field, while there is no one complaining of his work on the field, it does seem that the debate is not rational.

In this age of agendas, manipulation and weaponised xenophopic bigotry, I urge everyone to focus on what they are able to see with their own eyes.

Kaimba Lacauba
Kaimba Lacauba

Upto now I don’t know what formation Unai wants to build Arsenal on. Look at klopp, it’s 4-3-3 and he’s getting results because he has been working on it with his players. As for us😂 even the coach himself hasn’t understood what he wants to do. You target players in the transfer window based on how you want to lineup not just because this player is good. Mesuit will always struggle in a wide role and he’s a traditional number 10. His work rate is usually in question and I agree he hardly puts in as required. Torreira hasn’t been given a chance till now but we always fail to dictate the play in midfield, why not play the boy. Even against smaller teams we can’t run the show

Adam
Adam

For me the interesting thing is the kid of symbol Ozil seems to have become among fans. Because besides the fraction of die hard Ozil fans most of us agree that the player has not lived up to the kind of standard that would justify his salary. Not by a long shot. Something that is not just an Emery era thing but goes back to the final Wenger years as well. So why does so many (including me to some extent) still disagree with Emery’s decision? I believe it’s because the reluctance of using Ozil reminds us of how unwilling Emery is to use technical sublime offensive minded footballers. The kind of chance creating units that so much was the identity footprint of the Wenger era and the kind of football philosophy we all loved so much (even at the years where it lost its efficiency.) If we had 3-4 players that could do some of things ozil could as his best (and Emery played them) I’m sure the Ozil situation would not kick up as much debate. But his absence reminds us that as long as Emery is coach we will not get the kind of free floating passing based attacking football that so many of us find so lovable. As James and Andrew discusses. Are you an arsenal fan of and Arsenal playing beautiful fab? I think the Ozick discussion provides the answer.

Renwahh
Renwahh

Or maybe it’s an admission that you can’t build a team around Ozil, not now and certainly not later, so what’s the point when there’s an Emile Smith Rowe who will get more out of the game time?

I don’t buy this narrative that we have no creative players besides Ozil, looking at the squad now all our attackers have great close control, ability to beat a man, can find killer passes and short pass and.move combos. The fact only a few have played more than a game or two together right now goes a long way to explaining any disjointedness.

But maybe we should just sack them all and go back to buying 5 foot 4 tiki taka players made of glass for the whole squad.. worked before right?

Only One Dennis Bergkamp
Only One Dennis Bergkamp

So maybe Ozil doesn’t have the commitment in training, maybe he’s not tearing across London Colney like Emery wants him to. But how does it harm the squad to have him on the bench? It’s not like we’re setting the League on fire with the number of chances we’re creating… against Manure for example, putting him on for the last 20 mins might have given us a chance or two. We’re devoid of creativity in midfield and he’s probably the only one who can spring a defence. At least until we get a replacement, at this point neither Ceballos nor Willock are there yet.

ASH
ASH

If Ozil’s work rate is poor, then what does anyone think about Pepe’s work rate. Pepe is abysmal in attacking, and non-existent while defending.

Aboud
Aboud

In My opinion arsenal need ozil.. no matter how hard you train Once the coach loses favore from a player it won’t matter wether you give all or not..