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Mesut Ozil left out of Arsenal Squad – Is This the End?

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Echoes of Yaya Toure’s controversial departure from Manchester City were heard when the news of Ozil’s omission from Arsenal’s 25 man Premier League squad came to light. Ozil has fallen out of favor since the arrival of Mikel Arteta last season. However, it’s not very often that you see a player earning 350 thousand pounds a week not even making the squad. Ozil’s time at Arsenal draws mixed emotions.

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When the German arrived from Real Madrid in 2013 he took the Premier League by storm. He was an instant sensation and became the best creative force in the league. His vision, passing, and execution were unmatched. Despite all his excellence, Ozil has always had an inconsistent streak. But for the first few years, his inconsistency was limited to a few games spread through the season.

The departure of Arsene Wenger at the end of the 17/18 season did him no favors. Ozil did sign a contract extension making him the highest-paid player at the club. However, he never found his feet for Arsenal again. He failed to impress under Unai Emery and his role at Arsenal came under scrutiny. Another opportunity to prove himself presented itself when Emery was sacked in November 2019 after a rather unsuccessful spell at the club. Former Arsenal man Mikel Arteta was hired to replace him.

Being an apprentice of Pep Guardiola, Arteta introduced the tiki-taka style of play at Arsenal. This should have been right up Ozil’s ballpark.  But what Ozil boasts in creativity, he lacks in intensity and hard work. This was not a compromise that Arteta was willing to accept and Ozil was soon dropped from the starting line up and later from the matchday squads altogether. However, we never thought we’d see the man who loves the Gunners so much and has dedicated himself to the club for the last 7 years discarded completely.

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There are two sides to every story. Arteta has done an impressive job at Arsenal so far. He is bound to have a good reason for dropping a player of such an international pedigree. Today Ozil has made a statement through social media that the news took him by surprise but he is not ready to give up yet. He has pledged hard work and dedication with an aim to re-establish himself in this team.

It is great to see a positive response from the club legend to a difficult situation like this. Make no mistake, Ozil is an Arsenal legend. He has lit up the Emirates with moments of magic in dark times at the club more times than we can count. As football fans, it is always sad to see a great player decline. And not many have declined like Mesut Ozil at Arsenal. We can only hope Ozil rediscovers some part of his past self and makes a final sprint of glory at the tail end of his decorated career. At the age of 32, he does not have much time left. This begs the question ” Is this the End?”. Will we see Ozil in an Arsenal shirt again or does his destiny lay elsewhere. Only time will tell.

 

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