In 2013, Arsenal sent shockwaves through the Premier League when they announced the signing of prolific playmaker Mesut Ozil. 54 assists and 19 goals in his La Liga career, the Gunners were jubilant that Wenger’s ambitions were being matched in the transfer market.
It later emerged that Mesut didn’t want to leave Real Madrid, but the chiefs at the Bernebau weren’t convinced by his output. His impressive goals and assists wasn’t enough, and Real Madrid decided to cash in on him (to fund the move for Gareth Bale).
Fast forward to 2020 & Mesut Ozil has scored 33 goals, assisting 38 times in the Premier League. He has helped Arsenal towards an impressive 4 FA Cups, but there’s no longer a spot for Ozil in the team.
He’s well and truly fallen out of favour.
His contract expires in the Summer of 2021, but currently Ozil has been completely excluded. He can only play with the under 23’s.
Mesut Ozil has expressed his disappointment towards the way he has been treated, stating “loyalty is hard to come by, these days”.
Things started well for Ozil under Arteta, after being frozen out by Unai Emery & Ljungberg. He played 10 matches before the football pause, but hasn’t featured since the restart.
It’s not clear exactly why Ozil hasn’t featured, but he was involved in a controversial incident with the Arsenal mascot, Gunnersaurus Rex. Arsenal chiefs decided they would terminate his contract, but Ozil released a statement that he would be paying his wages.
On the surface, it’s a really kind hearted gesture by Ozil. However, the owners may see this as a lack of discipline, as he’s undermining their decisions and bringing the Arsenal board bad PR.
What made matters worse here, is that on the same day, Arsenal announced they had spent £40 million and £250,000 per week on a new signing, Thomas Partey.