Arsenal: Mesut Ozil can prevent an unpleasant double amputation

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal runs with the ball as Cesar Azpilicueta of Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on January 3, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal runs with the ball as Cesar Azpilicueta of Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on January 3, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) /
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Arsenal are already having one leg amputated, but reports are promising that they may not lose both legs after all. Thanks, Mesut Ozil!

Arsenal’s January started pretty catastrophically, as losses and underwhelming draws speckled the schedule, with Alexis Sanchez falling farther and farther away from the catalyst of success we expected him to be. But things have turned quite positive lately, at least in the rumors department, which is the flimsiest kind of positive.

It’s no secret what Arsenal built this new body of hopeful success on. After coming out of the dark ages and paying off the Emirates, they had to construct a new body with the resources that they had and they called on Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to be the two legs that they would stand on.

From there, they filled in the body with arms and a brain – they forgot the spine, though – and it was supposed to take Arsene Wenger back to the promised land.

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But that body got beat up and pushed around and one leg got an infection and wanted to go over to another body, one of the bodies that had been beating up this body. That leg, Alexis, has been amputated.

Which can make a body a bit wobbly, but not as wobbly as having both legs amputated. Which was (and potentially still is) looking like a real possibility. Recovering from one lost leg is tough, from two is nearly impossible, especially straight away while you’re waiting for the body to accept new legs (and those legs might not even be legs).

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Anatomy analogy aside, hearing that Mesut Ozil is nearing a new contract (from Alan Smith) isn’t just positive move because of the stress relief of not having to worry about where he’s going, it’s stress relief because he has really grown into his role at the club recently and proven that it was him that cared about the team far more than Alexis did.

This is, of course, assuming that he puts pen to paper.

It’s a stabilizer. Arsenal has never really been destabilized in recent years because they haven’t had such huge investments in such talented players, so it’s hard to say how the club would have reacted, but seeing how they floundered to replace so many past sales, it didn’t look promising.

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If everything goes according to plan, Ozil has set himself up to look like a damn hero. It’s a nice feeling, as it felt like superstars were starting to think of this club like a pit of unfulfilled promises.