In what is one of the most stunning pieces of gossip I have read this year, the Daily Mail are claiming that Arsenal’s German playmaker Mesut Ozil is unhappy at the club and is considering a move away as early as January.
The 25 year old was bought by Wenger from Real Madrid for a club record fee of 42.5 million. This was at the start of the last season, and within a year and a half the World Cup winner seems to have lost interest in playing for the Gunners, if the rumours are to be believed.
The 25-year-old is reportedly unhappy with where Arsene Wenger is playing him on the pitch and is angling for a move home to Germany. The German prefers to be played in a floating role in the centre of the field, where he can find the space and time to express himself. However, the Frenchman insists upon playing the star on the left wing, which is where Ozil has spent the majority of his playing time this season. Ozil seems to lose interest when played out wide and struggles to have any impact on the game.
It is tempting to keep Ozil in that central role but I maintain again that he will play where he is needed for the balance of the team and that can change game by game.
German champions Bayern Munich are reportedly monitoring the situation with Ozil, and are ready to swoop in for the player in January. Pep Guardiola is reportedly preparing a 30 million bid for the playmaker. And, somehow, the report claims that Wenger is willing to sell the player on at a loss just one season after he arrived.
This might be a way for Wenger to generate funds for the transfer of Julian Draxler, another highly talented German who can play in the same positions as Ozil, but we are not guaranteed to land the youngster. And if Wenger actually lets an established World Cup winner leave the Emirates simply because he refuses to play him in his natural position, it is tough to see him continuing as the manager for much longer.