The recent high profile spat between Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil and his father was splashed across the pages of all newspapers, and the resulting court case came at a bad time for the German international. Already sidelined due to a knee injury, he has just been ruled out for a further seven weeks, which means the Gunners will have to do without his services until the New Year at least.
The player, widely regarded as the best No. 10 in the world, played a major part in Arsenal’s early successes last season after completing a club record £42 million switch from Real Madrid. But this season he has been nowhere near his own lofty standards, and with the exception of the Aston Villa game he was largely anonymous.
This could be due to the fact that he is being deployed as a winger this season, with Wenger preferring to play the German maestro out wide on the left rather that in his preferred position behind the striker. However, according to the latest reports, the problem could be much more complex.
Several newspapers are reporting that one of the causes of the split between Ozil and his father was the players’ transfer move to Arsenal. The German was apparently very happy at Real Madrid and did not want to leave but was forced to do so by his father, who made a significant cash profit from the deal.
He is said to miss Madrid every day and often thinks about what could have been when seeing how successful they have become in the last few months. This must be especially painful considering Arsenal’s lacklustre form this season.
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If this report is indeed true, then it will only encourage clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich, who are both interested in securing the services of the player. They can even offer a greater chance of glory than Arsenal can presently. Wenger needs to have a talk with the player and sort things out as soon as possible before the situation becomes unmanageable.
The German has grown to become one of the fan favourites at the Emirates and losing him will deal a massive blow to the already shaky confidence of the Gunners. Hopefully, this matter has been exaggerated and will blow over soon. Until then, fingers crossed.