Mesut Ozil has been tipped to leave Arsenal in January.
A player whose name can never leave the headlines, even when he isn’t able to play for Arsenal until February at the earliest has, once again, found his name in the headlines.
At a point where Arsenal’s efforts to improve as an attacking force are like a blunt knife being sharpened on a tree, Mesut Ozil has unsurprisingly returned to being the ideal the internal solution to Mikel Arteta‘s woes. A suggestion that isn’t wouldn’t be without merit if, of course, he was actually available for selection.
Talk of a potential departure to Turkey or Major League Soccer have been prevalent since the day his role in the side started to gradually fade. Four managers have worked with him in the aftermath of signing that new contract, none of whom have been able to get the best out of him, or favoured him, in some capacity. Whatever the reasons, the end result remains that Ozil isn’t playing for Arsenal.
With a whopping contract in north London that runs until the summer, it’s been frequently reported, and even stated by the German, that he intends to see out that deal before pursuing a move elsewhere.
A combination of wanting to fight for his place and feeling comfortable in north London, most of the speculation linking him with an early departure from the club has been remained as such.
However, Ozil has never been further away from the Arsenal starting lineup than he is now, which is why reports of a move in January may have more basis than previously. Footballers want to play football.