As per a report from the Mirror, Arsenal are ready to send Mesut Ozil out on loan in January, with the club’s board even willing to pay a portion of his wages to get the rest of his inflated salary off their books.
Ozil the enigma
Ozil, who splits opinion among fans and pundits alike due to his languid style on the pitch, has been plying his trade at the Emirates stadium since 2013, when he made the move from Real Madrid for 50 million Euro.
After playing a key role over his early seasons in north London, though, the last couple of years have seen the German struggle.
A combination of poor form, fitness struggles and what all has all too frequently appeared to be a basic lack of effort, have seen Ozil slip down the pecking order, particularly since the arrival of Unai Emery last summer.
Last season saw the 30-year-old manage starts in just 20 of Arsenal’s Premier League outings.
The early weeks of the new campaign, meanwhile, have proven even more of a struggle for Ozil.
To this point, across the Gunners’ 6 league fixtures, the gifted midfield creator has notched just a solitary start.
And, as per the aforementioned report from the Mirror, if Unai Emery and co. have their way, then Ozil will, as a result, soon be off the club’s books.
The capital outfit are said to be ready to loan the veteran out upon the opening of the winter transfer window.
In fact, it is even stated that the Arsenal board would be willing to subsidize part of his wages.
Ozil put pen-to-paper on a massive £350,000-per-week deal early last year, with those in charge in north London understandably of the opinion that such a financial package has become unfitting of a player who is now deemed as bit-part by the club’s manager:
‘Arsenal would therefore rather let him go out on loan and another club pay part of his wages rather than allow him to just sit on the bench or make the odd appearance.’