Mesut Ozil has failed to justify his huge transfer fee

Published 6 Comments

Signing Mesut Ozil in 2013 was a strong statement of intent for Arsenal. For the first time in years Arsene Wenger gave up his policy of parsimony.

But after paying £42.5 million an adequate profit is expected - and Ozil’s performances have not represented what Arsenal desired.

Their last Premier League title dates back to 2004, and their last and only Champions League final to 2006. They needed a player who took the lead of the group when the others vacillated.


Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250-word test article:

Article continues below

But still, when the others vacillated, Ozil disappeared. His first season in England saw him playing 43 games, with seven goals and 14 assists and his second only 31 games with five goals and eight assists. Not a real revolution for his price tag.

And his record in big games is meaningful. In his first two seasons at Arsenal he has made 12 appearances in the Champions League, where he scored just once and gave three assists.

Article continues below

Ozil has failed to justify his transfer fee

In the Premier League he has only two assists in his first eight clashes against a top-four team.

In the summer of 2013, Wenger unsuccessfully tried to sign Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and this led to a chase for a big name on deadline day, which meant a huge inflation on players’ price tags.

However, Ozil’s complete lack of industry, combined with the indolence showed in more than one occasion, gives a poor reputation to a player that could stand out.

But in football there is no room for what a player might give to his team, what he does is the only thing that really counts.

And what the Arsenal legend Thierry Henry told Sky Sports about the German after a disappointing game against Chelsea in April 2015 does not need any comment: “At one point, I do think, and I do believe, the players have to step up and stand their game up.”

Does the goal against Manchester United give any hope? Difficult to say, it is hard to believe in a player who has not been value for money so far.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Premier League
Arsene Wenger

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again