The current situation regarding Mesut Ozil at Arsenal is one that I feel should be worrying fans of the club far more than it seems to be.
Naturally the supporters have positioned themselves in the opposing corner to the under performing German and the dejected, passionless figure he is cutting on the pitch each week is one that hardly bodes well for the future.
It should come as no surprise then that perhaps the most opportunistic shark in the footballing sea, Jose Mourinho, is already beginning to circle. Rumours have it that the Chelsea boss, who is famous for maintaining close relations with past players, has registered an interest in taking Ozil to Stamford Bridge this summer if his first season at Arsenal isn’t one that ultimately proves fruitful.
Were it any other manager I would wave it off as an idle attempt at heaping media attention on a melting pot which is already close to boiling point, but, as I’m sure many will agree, Mourinho is in a league of his own when it comes to things like this.
The Special One has the foundations and experience necessary to take full advantage of any wedge that might have found its way between Ozil and Arsenal, and that, coupled with the financial backing of the ever glory-hungry Roman Abramovich should be enough to put the scare into the Gunners’ faithful.
What’s more, it should be disconcerting news for any who would seek to beat Chelsea to the Premier League title next season. Manchester City, and to some extent the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United, may still find themselves claiming parity with Mourinho’s squad this year, but the addition of a player of Ozil’s calibre, on top of the anticipated purchase of a prolific European frontman, would put the Blues upon a pedestal that few could hope to be parallel to.
At the moment Mourinho has a wealth of creative playmakers at his disposal, all of which could comfortably walk into most other sides in England. However Ozil, when played to his strengths, is more potent and therefore more prone to providing success, than any of them.
Just imagine the explosiveness of Eden Hazard, the guile of Oscar and the brilliance of Ozil behind a striker like Radamel Falcao or Edinson Cavani - both of whom Chelsea have been linked to in recent times. It paints a very pretty picture if you’re a fan of the west London giants, and a very bleak one if you’re not.
I’m not saying that a prospective deal that would see Ozil depart Arsenal a year after he joined is one that should be taken as a certified guarantee, nor am I suggesting that he wouldn’t deliver the same disappointing performances that he’s currently being criticised for if he were to relocate.
However the evidence would suggest that if there’s a man in the Premier League who can get the very best out of Ozil then it’s Mourinho. Top of list of traits is his ability to get the very best of players with potential and the fact the pair have worked together to great effect before would imply that they’d be capable of doing so again.
With the current Chelsea squad possessive of an array of world-class talent, the introduction of Ozil could quite easily make them world-beaters.