Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil’s time at the Emirates Stadium might just be coming to an end.
Signed for £42.5 million in the summer of 2013 from Real Madrid, the German playmaker has been a somewhat divisive individual during his time in English football.
The Gunners faithful adored him in the beginning. They were simply taken aback by his ability to produce magical moments and make the the game look easy.
In more recent times though, Ozil appears not to have the same effect any more.
Some Arsenal fans now share the idea presented by neutrals that Ozil doesn’t influence the big games.
His record with illness isn’t washing, and his £300,000-a-week contract (Total Sportek) hardly endears him to them.
And now that Unai Emery has come in, it could be that Ozil’s time in north London is indeed coming to an end.
Could Emery be phasing Ozil out?
Ozil was an unused substitute against Bournemouth on Sunday, and after the game Emery was quizzed over the decision.
He said, as quoted by The Guardian: “We thought how we can do better in the match, a very demanding match with physicality and intensity.”
There have been whispers that Emery isn’t keen to field Ozil in away matches because he believes they are more demanding.
According to The Mirror, Emery was unimpressed with his contribution at Selhurst Park recently against Crystal Palace.
He has already publicly declared that he expects more from Ozil who, interestingly, seemed to take a good while over the signing of his latest contract.
Apparently Ozil accepts that he is not untouchable in terms of playing time, despite being far and away the top earner.
It’s Emery’s ruthlessness that could see Ozil seek pastures new – something that Arsene Wenger never really exuded towards the end of his tenure.