If Unai Emery rated Mesut Ozil then he would play him, but Arsene Wenger says if you don’t like Ozil, you don’t like football, so what’s the problem?

Arsenal's Spanish head coach Unai Emery gestures to Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil (L) on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 12, 2018. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)
Arsenal’s Spanish head coach Unai Emery gestures to Arsenal’s German midfielder Mesut Ozil (L) on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 12, 2018. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

With Mesut Ozil, nothing, it seems, is straightforward. When he’s injured people are convinced he’s in a huff or been dropped and when he’s fit, he’s dropped anyway despite Arsenal struggling to create without him in the side.

So what’s going on?

Well, Get French Football News have some ideas after watching Emery at PSG with Neymar and the big names there:

It is clear that all is not well and Arsenal have painted themselves into something of a corner. If they wanted to move Ozil on they’ve made that near impossible without taking a massive hit on his transfer fee thanks to the astronomical wages they agreed to get him to stay in the first place.

If they don’t want to sell him then they are doing their best to break one of the most mercurial talents on the planet who, at 30-years-old, is unlikely to become anything other than what he is.

Whatever your opinion on Ozil – and everybody has one – he arrived at Arsenal at a time when world class stars were not even giving us a second glance. He’s played more games for Arsenal than any other side, scored 40% of his career goals with us and created 73 goals for teammates who have been profligate in front of goal, denting his stats.

You might not like his body language and think he hides in games he should dominate, but you cannot argue there is a better creative player at the club.

To refuse to play him when he’s fit, especially when the team show no marked improvement in his absence, is a stubbornness that could cause Emery very real problems down the road.

via meezy295 on Reddit