Arsenal should really miss a player of his quality and class.
But the fact is, they look a far stronger outfit when Ozil is not on the pitch.
It’s officially time for the former Real Madrid midfielder to buck up his ideas.
By Stuart Hynd – @supers0nic_
Eight months ago, I wrote a piece on why Arsene Wenger had to bench Ozil for upcoming fixtures against Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
It goes without saying that Wenger did not heed my advice and the Gunners drew with United and lost 2-0 to Bayern, with Ozil missing a crucial 7th minute penalty against the Bundesliga champions.
Arsenal’s league form soon became disastrous as the team which led the Premier League for most of the campaign slipped further and further down the table.
It’s fair to say injuries and suspensions played a big part in this deterioration but I also blame what I now call, the ‘Ozil affect’.
Having watched the German play in his own country earlier in his career and latterly at Real Madrid, I am well aware of the ability Ozil possesses and on his day he can be truly unplayable.
But the facts remain that for Arsenal, those days have come far to sparingly and it can no longer be ignored.
Over the last eight months Ozil hasn’t shown a glimpse of his true quality and it has become a serious issue in a misfiring Arsenal team.
I’ve defended the German, resisted the temptation to call him a failure and stood up for what I believe; that he remains one of the best number 10’s in world football.
But now, enough is enough,
Ozil’s decline cannot continue, he simply has to start performing.
Arsenal have given the player time, with a 12 month settling in period to be expected.
But his lack of interest, aggression and determination on the pitch in recent games is totally unforgivable.
Ozil will never be the sort of player to help out defensively, it’s never been his game and he doesn’t really have the attributes to do so anyway.
But his demeanor on the pitch has to change and quick.
All too often both this season and last, Ozil has lost possession of the football, shrugged his shoulders, gestured to a team-mate, had a tantrum and meandered back into position.
For £42.5 million, this isn’t acceptable.
Arsenal fans are realistic, they don’t expect Ozil to chase every ball with the gusto of the tireless Alexis Sanchez, but the German hasn’t shown enough desire to play for the badge.
Ozil’s fans will claim he is out of sorts, short on confidence and needs more time.
But these excuses simply don’t wash anymore.
This is a World Cup winner and a player who Wenger gave a lengthy holiday to after Germany lifted the trophy.
With players like Santi Cazorla, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, Thomas Rosicky, Joel Campbell and Lukas Podolski warming the bench or playing second fiddle to Ozil this season, Arsenal will not miss a disinterested playmaker – no matter his credentials.
Ozil needs to sort his head out, regain full fitness and only then will he learn what it means to wear the red and white.
It’s very well and good playing out of your skin against Aston Villa, but Arsenal need him to become the big game player he was meant to be.
I still believe Mesut Ozil can turnaround his Arsenal career and I know Arsene Wenger and the majority of Arsenal fans do too.
But it’s now more obvious than ever before, that time is no longer on the midfielder’s side.