Well, it’s been confirmed.
Mesut Ozil has officially let Arsenal football club after what has been a physical and emotional rollercoaster over the last seven-and-a-half years.
The German has his ups and downs during his time with the Gunners, however, there is no doubting the quality the playmaker possessed. His touch, pass, movement and silky smooth ability to chip a ‘keeper whilst hitting the ball into the ground will be remembered for years to come.
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However, despite all the positives of Ozil’s time at the club, you can’t help but feel it’s the negatives will dominate his tenure at the Emirates Stadium. From his off-field issues regarding the treatment of Uyghur Muslims and his absences to his lack of effort on the field, the former Germany international has dominated the headlines for all the wrong reasons during his time at the club.
Many pundits have taken hits at the midfielder for various reasons, however, no matter what you hear there’s only one thing which stands tall amidst all the criticisms. Just how did the Gunners fail to build a team around one of the best playmakers to ever play the game?
When the star first arrived at the club, he was given an underwhelming selection of finishers for whom he was tasked to create chances. Olivier Giroud proved to be an inconsistent player during his time in north London, making Ozil’s job far harder. Lukas Podolski had performed likewise during his career, along with the likes of Theo Walcott.
When you go from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka to Walcott and Giroud, your output on the field will always reduce. Ozil’s time at the club will always be looked at as one of regret given how far he’d fallen off from his time with Los Blancos.