Arsenal have a big task on their hands if they plan on getting the best out of last summer’s record-breaking signing Mesut Ozil, according to ex-Liverpool midfielder and Germany international Dietmar Hamann.
Speaking to talkSPORT the former Premier League star revealed that he thought Ozil look unhappy with the Gunners, and wasn’t sure how the club were going to remedy his situation. The playmaker, who signed for Arsenal on deadline day last year for £42 million, was once again abject in his performance last night as Wenger’s side lost 2-0 to Borussia Dortmund, drawing heavy criticism from the fans.
And Hamann, who amassed 59 caps for the Germany national side over a career spanning around 19 years, has concurred with the voices of doubt, speculating whether or not Ozil is cut out for English football.
Hamann on Ozil
“I don’t know how Arsenal are going to sort him out,” Hamann said.
“He’s been there for a little while now.
“He doesn’t look happy, I don’t know what’s wrong with the kid. He did very well for Germany at the World Cup.
“The only position he can play in England is behind the centre forward. It’s a different game in England, it’s more intense, faster and more physical.”
Ozil at Arsenal
In truth Ozil has been a shadow of the player he was at Real Madrid and, for whatever reason, seems unable to replicate the form that convinced Wenger to break from his usual thrifty approach to transfer windows and smash the club’s record to sign him.
Although the German international started brightly he has never looked likely to star consistently for the Gunners, and as such the fans are steadily growing impatient with him.
Can he be dropped?
Though it’s unlikely Wenger is going to drop him without due cause there’s only so much defending that the Frenchman can do and, following the arrivals of this summer, there’s enough competition for places to justify leaving the 25-year-old on the bench.
As was the case last summer Wenger let the purse strings loose in order to attempt to bring his squad up to speed with those of their fiercest Premier League rivals during the transfer window this year, and a number of high-profile players were added to the books.
Alexis Sanchez was signed from Barcelona in a move which would likely have surprised even the most optimistic of Gunners supporters, and Danny Welbeck was purchased in an even more controversial move from Manchester United.
As such Wenger’s isn’t short of options in attack, with the likes of Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla promising plenty of flair when it comes to moving the ball around.
Ozil may be the player with the most pedigree in Arsenal’s team, and he may have cost Wenger the most to get hold of, but that doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed a place. Arsenal fans, should he be dropped?