Creative genius, Mesut Ozil looks set to leave Arsenal next summer or in January to end his 4 to 5 years sojourn in North London. The player has divided opinion ever since his move to the Premier League back in 2013, with some school of thought of the opinion that he doesn’t do enough without the ball, but some believe that his technique negates every sort of defensive responsibilities that can be shouldered on his shoulders.
In recent days, talk of a move to Manchester United have intensified as contract talks continue to reach a deadlock between his representatives and Arsenal.
Arsenal are resigned to losing the player as he is nowhere a contract extension and we now take a look at some players that can effectively replace the mercurial, fleet footed German playmaker.
The German midfielder is not one of the first names at PSG following the arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in the transfer window. He has played in bits and parts this season and for a player of his quality, it is inevitable that he will move to ensure he is still in the running for a constant place in the Die Mannschaft national team of Germany. He has always been compared to his compatriot given their Schalke 04 links and also because they are both left footed and possess a lot of abilities.
Currently enjoying a renaissance under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, he was reportedly close to a deal to the Emirates on a frantic transfer deadline day that saw Alexis Sanchez almost move to the North East to join the league leaders. He has impressed in the league this season, scoring 5 times and will offer Wenger a lot of options going forward. He is young, keen to establish himself and at a club where he is likely to be a valuable first team member his career might finally hit off as was once thought since he broke onto the scene as a prodigious teenager at Liverpool.
The Everton man has never hidden his intention to play for a bigger team in the division and amid talks of a breakdown in links with Tottenham and Chelsea this summer, Arsenal can jaunt their London rivals with the acquisition of the England international. He offers creativity and technical abilities and won’t cost as much as Draxler and Sterling, given that he is into his final year of his Everton contract and has refused to extend since last season.
Ozil will be missed if he decides to leave the club but if Arsenal do get any of the aforementioned three, we have a younger player that has the potential to be among the world’s best players.