Strange reports from Spain dictate that Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil will leave the Emirates this summer should Arsene Wenger remain in charge.
The quote-less story ran in Don Balon says the World Cup winner will be on his way back to Espana having grown frustrated with the Gunners’ shortcomings in the trophy-hoisting department.
Ozil is savouring his finest campaign since moving to north London from Real Madrid, scoring five Premier League goals and setting up a further 18 and rumours of his unhappiness will doubtless be a cause for concern amongst fans.
It’s worth pointing out that the lackadaisical German wanting to leave wouldn’t have sparked the same worries this time last year, while 18 months ago many supporters were praying that the ineffective, lazy, uncaring Ozil left, if only they could find a suitor stupid enough to sign him.
As has been seen many times in the past, football’s general consensus turns quicker than Lionel Messi in fast-forward, with the latest developments illuminating the 27-year-old as too good for the club he was perceived to have let down for so long.
Shelving this dubious fortune reversal for the time being, if Ozil does indeed want to leave on account of incapable Wenger (the man chiefly responsible for his turnaround in form) potentially staying in a job he has held for two decades, he best think again.
The Germany international’s career has spanned ten seasons.
Prior to joining Arsenal he spent time with Real, arguably the biggest club in the world, and Schalke, one of the largest in the Bundesliga, as well as representing Die Mannschaft at three major tournaments.
His CV is an impressive one, but despite the enviable career path, there’s plenty of space in Ozil’s trophy cabinet.
The 2014 World Cup win takes pride of place next to a single La Liga, a Copa del Rey, a DFB Pokal and two FA Cups.
He has Wenger to thank for one third of his overall allocation, meaning the veteran coach has bestowed a proportion of titles on the German that no other coach can best.
A price of 11/2 says the duo add a Premier League crown to the collection this season, which would terminally undermine Ozil’s supposed reason for wanting to leave.