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Arsenal are ready to let playmaker Mesut Ozil leave on a loan deal in the January transfer window, according to The Daily Mail. The German has had a bit-part role under manager Unai Emery, further highlighted by his omission from the squad for the game against Manchester United.
The creativity would fall quite staggeringly if the German was to leave in January. Ozil averaged 1.9 key passes in the Premier League last season, with Nicolas Pepe averaging the most this season with just 1.6.
Creating chances has been a problem for Arsenal this campaign. The Gunners have had 100 shots this season, however, only 35 of them have been on target (via Footstats). This shows the issues the club have a creating clear cut chances, something that would improve with Ozil’s ability to play a key pass.
With two good finishers such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the squad, having a player of such quality could increase the goals in the team even more.
Potentially losing Ozil’s experience
Arsenal have seen a bit of change in policy this summer, with the club switching to a more youthful look. Freddie Ljungberg was promoted up to the first-team coaching staff following his excursions with the under-23s, with Steve Bould going the other way. His impact has already been commented on by Bukayo Saka, who praised the Swede for his influence on his career so far (via Guardian).
Ljungberg’s appointment has coincided with more appearances for young players, with Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson, Matteo Guendouzi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Bukayo Saka all making more than two league appearances so far (via WhoScored).
This all means that keeping Ozil could now be seen as a necessity as his experience could be crucial moving forward. The German has made more than 35o appearances across three different leagues in Europe. He’s won 13 trophies in his career, including a La Liga title and the World Cup, after all.
Ozil’s mixture of ability and experience makes him a crucial player for the club, and he should be retained for at least the remainder of the season. If he was to leave, the Gunners would be losing a chunk of their creativity and experience.
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