This season would go down as probably the worst season for Mesut Ozil in his Arsenal career.
The German midfielder has come under severe criticism and has been largely blamed for Arsenal’s flop in big games, the height of which was the double-legged 10-2 lose to Bayern Munich in the Champions League and the latest being the 2-0 loss to Tottenham on Sunday.
He was nowhere near the influential player he is expected to be against Spurs and was anonymous, as it has always been his custom this season, throughout the match. And after the match, a visibly annoyed Ozil was reported to refused to have the routine drug test and kicked the door.
The World Cup winner’s form is in a decline. Save for some occasional impressive displays, his performances this season has questioned his his status as a world class player. He has managed just six assists in the Premier League this season, a third of what he had (18) last season, scoring only two goals in 18 games.
Ozil’s spell at Arsenal appears to be coming to an end, though he has reiterated his desire to stay at the Emirates Stadium, current happenings show the former holds more ground than the latter. Coupled with the fact that the fans who once held him in high esteem would not blink an eye now if he is sold this summer.
Ozil, a £42 million signing from Real Madrid in 2013, has just 12 months left on his current contract and has refused to put pen to paper on a new contract.
Arsenal have reportedly offered him £250,000 per week deal but he is holding out for £300,000, more than double of his current package of £140,000.
With his current form, it is not certain Arsenal would be willing to pay such a huge amount. And failure to reach an agreement with him may force Arsenal to cash in him this summer.