In the last few weeks Manchester United have been constantly linked with the signing of Mesut Ozil. Ordinarily, one would think such a deal would not see the light of the day, but day by day the possibility of it happening increases. This is largely due to the fact that Ozil is yet to renew his contract with Arsenal that is currently set to expire at the end of the season. So the Gunners may be forced to sell him in January in order not to lose him on a free transfer in the summer.
Just like when Manchester United signed Robin van Persie from Arsenal a few years ago, they could now be getting Mesut Ozil as well. Gunners legend-turned-pundit Ian Wright believes the German would be a perfect signing for Manchester United:
“If Ozil goes somewhere like Manchester United with the players they’ve got on form he will light the place up.
“He’s not the player who when the team’s playing badly – if you’ve got players playing poorly in front of Ozil he’s got nothing to hit and I don’t think Arsene Wenger has got the best out of him consistently up to this point.”
Ian Wright is right on the money here. Ozil has often been criticised but no one seems to be talking about Arsene Wenger’s failure to get the 2014 World Cup winner the right type of players to help him deliver. Until last summer, Ozil had either Olivier Giroud or Theo Walcott in front of him, or in some games, Danny Welbeck. No disrespect to the aforementioned trio but they are not good enough.
Wenger should have signed a striker, a quality striker, to help get the best out of Mesut Ozil a long time ago. The German star is well known for his ability to create goalscoring opportunities. Stats show he has created the highest number of chances since joining the Premier League in 2013, but unfortunately most of these chances are not being scored because Arsenal have had poor strikers.
Imagine Mesut Ozil providing opportunities to Romelu Lukaku or Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United? That would be massive and would probably make people finally realise that the constant criticism of the £154,000-a-week superstar is unjust.