Unai Emery wants to sell Mesut Özil this summer, according to reports, after a disappointing season for the German playmaker.
The Daily Mail claim Arsenal are looking to supplement their transfer budget by offloading some of their higher-paid star players in the current window. Özil is at the top of Emery’s list of players to sell, though his high wages are expected to prove problematic when it comes to finding a new club.
Özil scored six goals and assisted three in 35 appearances this campaign, which is nowhere near what we usually expect from him. The last time the German failed to reach 10 goal contributions in a season was the 2007/08 season when he was a teenager and made just 30 appearances. He also switched clubs halfway through that campaign.
In Özil’s defence, the drop in his numbers isn’t entirely down to form. In Emery’s system, the 30-year-old’s job is often to play the ball into the wing-backs or the strikers to cut-back for someone else to score, which doesn’t leave him with a goal or assist even when it works.
Nonetheless, that system didn’t stop the likes of Lucas Torreira (five), Granit Xhaka (five) and Aaron Ramsey (eight) getting more than three assists each, so Özil has to take a fair portion of the blame himself. If it doesn’t look like things will improve, now might be the time to sell, with two years on his deal.