English Premier League giants Manchester United and Arsenal managed to secure two of the finest deals of the recent transfer window when they signed Belgium’s Marouane Fellaini and Germany’s Mesut Ozil respectively. But did they sign the right players for their teams.
Mesut Ozil, a brilliant and creative attacking midfielder bought by Arsenal for a club record fee of £42.5 million, was exactly the kind of a player United are thoroughly lacking. Their bids for Barcalona’s Cesc Fabregas ended in failure. While the Spaniard continued in La Liga, United’s boss, David Moyes made a surprising decision to snap up Fellaini (£27.5 million) who does not really match United's style of play.
What United have been crying out for in the last couple of years is for a decent playmaker to support the strikers. Although the Belgian has a pass-success rate of 89.1 percent, he lacks the creativity, boost and energy Manchester United need. Moreover, he is not the kind of player who can dictate the tempo of a game . But the 6’5” midfielder does have an excellent tactical and positioning sense which enabled him to to score 11 goals in 31 games last season.
The fact that United should not have made the purchase of Fellaini was clearly indicated in the Manchester derby held on Sunday where the the 25-year-old was totally lost in the biggest club game of his career and was outclassed by Yaya Toure in central midfield zone.
"Out of Fellaini and Ozil you would really want Ozil to be your playmaker” said former Manchester United striker and legend Teddy Sheringham.
Fellaini would have been an excellent choice for the Gunners as most of Arsenal's midfielders like Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Cazorla are not physically intimidating. Unlike Fellaini, Ozil is a complete team player who adds pace and the much needed spark to the team’s game play, besides creating space for his team mates. The German - who has already had three assists in the Premier League - was last season’s player with most assists in La Liga (26). He is a player who brings goals, assists and midfield-control and has so far really coped with the Arsenal way of play and coach Arsene Wenger believes there is more to come from Ozil. The 25 year old is well known for his technical ability and improvisation as an attacking midfielder.
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