Opinion: Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career a success despite ignominious conclusion

John Reid October 21, 2020
Opinion: Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career a success despite ignominious conclusion
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It seems highly unlikely Mesut Ozil will ever play for Arsenal again. As reported by BBC Sport, he was left out of the Arsenal squad this season for the Premier League.

As he was also not included in the Gunners’ squad for the Europa League, Ozil is unlikely to play for the first team again. A sad way for his Arsenal career to come to an end.

When you look at the signing of Ozil seven years ago, it was meant to take Arsenal to the next level.

Signing showed club could compete

It was a sign that, after years of financial prudence after the club moved grounds, Arsenal, under then-manager Arsene Wenger, could now compete with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.

It failed to turn out that way. The Gunners only sporadically challenged for the Premier League title.

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However, that doesn’t mean Ozil’s time at the club hasn’t been a success overall. He helped Arsenal end a nine-year trophy drought in 2014 and in his time at the club has won three FA Cups.

He also recorded 50 Premier League assists faster than any other player. That shows just how vital he still could be to Arsenal.

All went wrong after signing new deal

In a way, it started going wrong for Ozil at Arsenal when he signed his new contract and when Arsene Wenger left the club.

If he didn’t perform well, it was said the £350,000-a-week deal was a waste of money. As for Wenger, Ozil was one of his favourites – trend that didn’t continued under Unai Emery or Mikel Arteta.

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With Ozil’s contract expiring at the end of the season, Arsenal have tried to get the player off the books.

The Daily Mail recently reported the club wanted to have more talks with the player about terminating his contract early. However, Ozil has stood firm, and who can blame him? It was Arsenal’s idea to give him the contract in the first place.

It might not end for Ozil the way anyone thought it would when he joined Arsenal. However, when you look at it overall, Ozil’s time at the club can be considered a success. His signing showed Arsenal could attract world-class players and, in the end, that might be his legacy.

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John Reid is an experienced journalist, specialising in Scottish football for a number of years.