Who is to blame - Mesut Ozil or Unai Emery?
One of the biggest issues dividing Arsenal fans is what to do with Mesut Ozil and we ran a poll yesterday on the JustArsenal website asking Should Arsenal sell Mesut Ozil even at a loss? and the result was fairly comprehensive with 87% out of 527 votes saying sell him.
So on the face of it, the debate is basically dead, sell him, however, the question that was not asked was who is to blame for the poor performances from the German, is it the manager or the player?
Some argue that it is Emery, the argument goes that the manager has failed to take advantage of Ozil talents and has instead asked him to play a game not suited to his style.
It is further claimed that when a team plays to Ozil style they perform much better and point to his time at Real Madrid and earlier on under Arsene Wenger as proof of this.
And it must be said they do have a point but there is an alternative point of view and on balance, it is one I agree with.
Ozil is not Messi or Ronaldo and even with those two, they did not have teams built to their style of play. When Messi made his debut for Barcelona they were already playing the sort of football that they have played for the last decade, Messi had to fit into the Barcelona style, not the other way around.
It cannot be right that a team is built around one player, what if that player got injured? what then.
No, there has to be a team style and all the players have to adapt to that and it is clear that Ozil is unable to adapt to whatever Emery is trying to implement.
Ozil in his prime was clearly one of the best in his position but it is hardly the fault of Emery that the German playmaker will not tackle back and spends half a game wandering around wondering what day it is.
I also cannot go with the argument that Ozil is not surrounded by world-class players and that affects his game because I tell you this, Aubameyang and Lacazette are two top attackers and if they are not good enough to bring the best out of Ozil then God help us.
I know that some point to the partnership with Alexis Sanchez but we were hardly fighting for the title or setting the Champions League alight when both were in their pomp.
On balance, I blame Ozil, it is down to him that his game has dropped off and no one else, put simply if he is good enough he would adapt.
"Ozil in his prime was clearly one of the best in his position but it is hardly the fault of Emery that the German playmaker will not tackle back and spends half a game wandering around wondering what day it is."
Ozil and Auba defend about the same, guess we should sell Auba for being 'lazy' right?
Ozil makes more passes per 90 mins than Iwobi, Auba, Laca, Mkhi...
I guess Martin doesn't know what football is, too stupid to comprehend how individual parts can work together (in TEAMWORK!) to create something that is greater than any individual. Just to back up his inability to recognise bigger pictures...
"Ozil is not Messi or Ronaldo and even with those two, they did not have teams built to their style of play. When Messi made his debut for Barcelona they were already playing the sort of football that they have played for the last decade, Messi had to fit into the Barcelona style, not the other way around."
One thing raised by many is who would replace Ozil, do we have better in our own squad?
Messi had to work his way into the Barca team but do you know some of the great players they had ahead of Messi? If you do not, I could list them... But I am sick of providing facts for the stupid to ignore. Go look it up and learn something for once! Or not, keep repeating BS.
Now for CR9, who was bought 12 months after CR9 to help get the best out of CR9?
Not built around CR9? Oh shut up, RM obviously built around CR9 and he was their talisman for years.
"It cannot be right that a team is built around one player, what if that player got injured? what then."
The two clubs you mentioned, they have funds and they spend them on getting many top players, they have top players ready to step in. Who do we have? Kids who are unproven and while I am all for giving them a chance, we have to recognise the level of difference between the clubs.
"I blame Ozil,"
Do you Matin?
Trump doesn't believe in climate change, guess what you both have in common...
Yes, I know I have been rude but I find the Ozil bashing to be ruder still. People have tried to use facts and that gets ignored for ignorance. At some point I stop caring about how things sound, what does it matter? Try using stats and they ignore them. Try pointing out how their accusations may be slightly off and get ignored. Yet they can spew this vile hatred towards an Arsenal player.. I can't be rude enough to match what Martin has done (In my opinion).
If you want to make a point and for people to take you seriously I would suggest calling them stupid because they have a different point of view to you is not the best way to go about it.
I stopped reading once I realised the tone of your argument, shame really.
I think neither is to blame. Emery wants to play a particular style (not his player and not his fault) that isn't suited to Ozil (wasn't signed by Emery and is just giving his best) and exposes his weaknesses.
Emery's approach to the game does not help Ozil and Ozil's approach to the game does not help Emery. Emery uses him sparingly and subs him often due to not getting out of the role what he is looking for and Ozil is unhappy because he is the highest paid player at the club and therefore expects the club to be built around him.
The best outcome for our club would be for Ozil to find himself at a club that appreciates him as much as he thinks he deserves to be, so that Unai can bring in a player more suited to his needs. If Emery gets rid of Ozil, finds a replacement, and underperforms, then by all means haul him over the coals, but you can hardly judge him when he is stuck with a disruptive force that clearly isn't on board with what the coach is trying to achieve, and thinks that he is entitled to 90 minutes every game.
Emery gave Ramsey the cold shoulder and look how he responded (class act), Ozil is on 350k a week and behaves like a child. I am tired of seeing it and it cannot be good for the players around him.
I have not been impressed with Özil the last seasons and wanted him sold. But maybe, just maybe the signings of Pepe and Ceballos could be exactly what Özil needs. I hope it will resparks Özils fire because then we will profit immensly. There is a huge chance he will keep being poor, but I am at least willing to cling to hope one last time.