After last night, you could be forgiven for Arsenal fans never wanting to see Mesut Ozil in the red and white shirt again.
The German playmaker yet again went missing in what was the Gunners biggest game in some years as Arsenal fell to an embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Chelsea, dooming the north London club to another season of Europa League football and effectively ending the club’s status as a ‘big team’.
Fans are demanding change this summer, lots of it, and at the heart of the protests is the sale of Ozil, who has been largely ineffective this season, and although offloading the former Real Madrid star will be a tall order due to his wages, the club will find it easy enough to find a replacement if new reports are to be believed.
According to Bild, Arsenal are interested in Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze, who is reportedly set to leave his boyhood club after a second stint with the Bundesliga giants, and if the Gunners can sell on Ozil, the 26-year-old playmaker would be an ideal replacement.
Compared to Lionel Messi following his winning goal in the 2014 World Cup by Joachim Low, Gotze’s career has endured a mini-rebirth since returning to Dortmund from Bayern Munich in 2016, scoring seven goals and assisting seven in 26 appearances this season alone.
Although he is not quite the player that lit up the world in Brazil five years ago, Gotze is still a player who can bring a lot to Arsenal should Unai Emery make a move for the playmaker, able to operate behind the striker as well as take over the attacking burden should Alexander Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang need a break.
Arsenal are in need of a refresh this summer, and in Gotze they will have a player who can easily replace Ozil in the team as well as offer goals and assists for a team deprived of a real number 10.
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