Mesut Ozil breaks Arsenal silence following Chelsea win amid transfer uncertainty


It was a day to remember for Arsenal.

After a campaign of disappointment which saw the Gunners finish the Premier League season in a lowly position of eighth, the North London side were able to spare their blushes at Wembley Stadium.

The FA Cup final is traditionally regarded as one of the biggest days in the football calendar and for Mikel Arteta’s side they certainly showed how seriously they were taking the competition.

Few tipped them to go all of the way in the competition after being drawn against Manchester City in the semi-finals, but after winning 2-0 confidence was high as they reached the showpiece event.

A clash against Chelsea was never going to be easy – especially with Frank Lampard’s side buoyed from their recent top four finish in the Premier League.

But Arsenal stayed focused, and with a little bit of luck along the way, recorded a 2-1 win over the Blues to get their hands on the trophy.

Huge credit must go to Mikel Arteta who is in the early stages of a mass restructure at Arsenal, and it seems that several players in his first team squad could be on the move this summer.


One of those is Mesut Ozil.

The former Germany international – who hasn’t featured since March – is a divisive figure in North London with supporters pretty split on their verdicts of him.

Undoubtedly one of the most naturally gifted players in the Premier League, the playmaker’s apparent lack of desire to dig in and help the team has made it almost impossible for Arteta to feature the midfielder in his plans.


With Ozil also earning an eye-watering sum as part of his contact, it seems inevitable that the Gunners will do what they can to offload him this summer.

Whether the 31-year-old will be willing to move on is a different matter, with only a select few teams likely to be able to match his personal demands if he was to leave.

So for the time being Ozil is still part of the Arsenal squad – something that he was keen to remind people of as he took to social media after watching his teammates win the FA Cup.

He said: “Great job my boys!”

GIVEMESPORT’S Phil Spencer says…

Arsenal face a real dilemma over Mesut Ozil’s future.

The midfielder is undoubtedly a talent but has failed to secure the backing of Mikel Arteta and the Gunners’ coaching staff.

In an ideal world he’d be offloaded this summer, but his salary is a major sticking point.


Putting the global economic situation to one side, only a couple of teams in the world would be willing to match the sort of salary that Ozil is on at the moment, and that’s a big problem.

Arteta has cited ‘football reasons’ for the playmaker’s exclusion, and that’s his decision to make.

But if the Arsenal boss is serious about having a fresh start with his squad next term, they ideally need Ozil out of the door.

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