It’s safe to say that, so far, German international Mesut Ozil has failed to meet up to the lofty expectations which greeted his $65 million arrival at the Emirates Stadium last summer.
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Ozil, 25, is ready to move on from Arsenal, according to the Daily Mail, and German giants Bayern Munich are willing to offer $50 million to buy the playmaker in January.
After suffering what Arsenal thought was a minor left knee injury, Ozil will currently face up to three months on the sidelines after seeing a specialist while on national team duty with Germany last week. That could mean that Arsenal’s record signing has played his last game for the Gunners.
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One of the main reasons Ozil is linked with a move away from North London and back to his homeland is due to Wenger’s insistence to play him out wide instead of his preferred position in a floating No. 10 role in behind the strikers. In flashes he has shown his quality, with an Ozil-inspired 3-0 win at Aston Villa recently showcasing that, but in the big games he has yet to deliver since arriving in the Premier League.
Ozil’s performances have divided opinion among Arsenal’s fans, with the former Real Madrid star scoring just eight goals in 47 appearances for the Gunners and adding 13 assists over the last two seasons.
Will Arsenal offload the World Cup winner in January and take a $15 million hit on the deal to get Ozil off the wage bill? The way things have turned out, so far, it may not be the worst move in the world. Considering Theo Walcott is close to returning, Olivier Giroud’s recovery is ahead of schedule, plus the likes of Lukas Podolksi and Santi Cazorla in and out of the team at Ozil’s expense, the Gunners are stacked in attack.
As for Bayern, well, they pretty much go and buy whoever they want and Ozil would fit in perfectly with Pep Guardiola’s philosophy. Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben aren’t getting any younger so perhaps the Bavarian’s will plump for Ozil while they can get him for a cut-price (sort of) deal.
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