Your opinion on Mesut Ozil defines your outlook on football: the German international is either a footballer who sees the game in its purest form, as he glides around the pitch, finding passes that the untrained eye could not see. Or he’s lazy, ineffective and you’d rather have Joe Allen.
The former Real Madrid playmaker’s fourth season with Arsene Wenger’s side has been a stark contrast to the last campaign, where Ozil flirted with breaking the Premier League record of most assists in one 38-game season.
There’s always been the belief from the majority that if Arsenal were to offer just one of their sulking talisman the desired £300,000-a-week, it would be Alexis Sanchez. However, it was also felt that the Gunners would have a greater chance at keeping hold of the former Werder Bremen attacking-midfielder – that tells you everything about Arsenal’s place in football’s pecking order.
And that train of thought appears to have come true:
“Arsenal belong as one of the best clubs in the world and London is a great place to be, a great city to live in.
“As I have always said in the past, I feel comfortable here. I am happy.
“As I have said before, in the summer we will talk but right now Arsenal stands in front of any player and I respect that.
“So after the season we will talk and then we will make a decision from there.”
Mesut Ozil speaking to Sky Sports
Ozil’s PR-friendly, and on brand quotes, come at a time where the only transfer rumours that involve the World Cup winner are with Turkish outfit, Fenerbahce.
And just as Arsenal could quite considerably finish the season with a top four finish and an FA Cup trophy to their name – not such a bad club to be at, then.
Although its not quite tail between his legs, it’s certainly a reality check for a man whose languid style will forever haunt him:
“He pauses. Stares at me with his dark brown eyes. I stare back. Like two boxers at the stare-down before the first round.
“He shows no emotion. Just waits for a response from me. How much I hate him right now. And I love Mourinho actually.
“Oh, are you giving up now? You’re such a coward. What do you want? To creep under the beautiful, warm shower? Shampoo your hair? To be alone?
“Or do you want to prove to your fellow players, the fans out there, and me, what you can do?”
Mesut Ozil on Jose Mourinho in his autobiography