Mesut Ozil will stay at Arsenal longer than Unai Emery;Karen Carney

I think Mesut Ozil will stay at Arsenal longer than Unai Emery.

Both of their contracts end in the summer of 2021 but it is the manager who is struggling most. And why Ozil hasn’t been playing against teams who play a low block (sit deep) is baffling, especially with the money he is on – he’s the highest-paid player in the club’s history on about £350,000 a week and has made just three Premier League starts this season. He is wasted on the bench.

And regardless of what he earns, Ozil has proven he can be one of Arsenal’s most important players.

Former boss Arsene Wenger seemed to get the best out of him. You saw that in what Ozil contributed, especially in 2016-17 when he was involved in 25 goals in all competitions as an attacking midfielder. Wenger believed in him and seemed to trust him. You don’t get that vibe with Emery. For whatever reason, he just doesn’t seem to like him.

Emery’s doctrine seems to be ‘if you train well and play well, you will get minutes’. That might be a factor in Ozil’s lack of game time and Emery does have to stick to his principles as a coach. I’m not saying Ozil holds back in training, but some players are special and they appear to go through the motions during the week, rock up at the weekend and pull it out of the bag.

He has been around long enough, making 236 appearances for the club, so he knows what he needs to do.

What Ozil has that others don’t

Minutes-per-goal ratio of players to have played at least 1,000 minutes under Emery
Player Minutes played Goals scored Minutes per goal
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 3,811 30 127
Alexandre Lacazette 2,913 15 194.2
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 1,755 6 292.5
Aaron Ramsey 1,328 4 332
Mesut Ozil 1,992 5 398.4

I don’t think Ozil has been used in the right manner at Arsenal.

He can be Marmite – a super, super talent who can frustrate you at times. Arsenal fans know that and they know his vulnerabilities. He’s not a player that will appear to put his body on the line, but people underestimate the work rate and confidence to always want to be in possession of the ball.

Because of how fast the game moves, standing still and using game intelligence can sometimes be mistaken for laziness. He is a special player that is needed in certain games and certain situations.

Nobody else can open up a defence, nobody else can pass the way he does, nobody else has the patience and the composure he brings when he plays.

Most importantly, he has got end product. A lot of players get into good positions but they lack end product. Ozil’s strength is that he knows where the players are going to be, knows where to put the ball and he has got that calmness when everyone else is running around frantically.

He looks like he plays the game in slow motion but he isn’t. He just makes things look very easy.

What Ozil has that others don’t

Minutes-per-goal ratio of players to have played at least 1,000 minutes under Emery
Player Minutes played Goals scored Minutes per goal
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 3,811 30 127
Alexandre Lacazette 2,913 15 194.2
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 1,755 6 292.5
Aaron Ramsey 1,328 4 332
Mesut Ozil 1,992 5 398.4

I don’t think Ozil has been used in the right manner at Arsenal.

He can be Marmite – a super, super talent who can frustrate you at times. Arsenal fans know that and they know his vulnerabilities. He’s not a player that will appear to put his body on the line, but people underestimate the work rate and confidence to always want to be in possession of the ball.

Because of how fast the game moves, standing still and using game intelligence can sometimes be mistaken for laziness. He is a special player that is needed in certain games and certain situations.

Nobody else can open up a defence, nobody else can pass the way he does, nobody else has the patience and the composure he brings when he plays.

Most importantly, he has got end product. A lot of players get into good positions but they lack end product. Ozil’s strength is that he knows where the players are going to be, knows where to put the ball and he has got that calmness when everyone else is running around frantically.

He looks like he plays the game in slow motion but he isn’t. He just makes things look very easy.

 

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