Arsenal have made a disappointing start to the Premier League season.
Replacing Arsene Wenger in the Emirates dugout was never going to be easy, and Unai Emery was handed the hardest start of any Premier League club. The Gunners started the season against reigning champions Manchester City and were beaten 2-0 by Pep Guardiola’s men. A trip to Stamford Bridge followed with Chelsea running out 3-2 winners thanks to a late goal from Marcos Alonso.
It’s early days, but their performances aren’t looking promising. One man, in particular, struggled immensely against the Blues – Mesut Ozil. The German was invisible against the Citizens and failed to make a mark against Maurizio Sarri’s men also. Ozil was unable to put a shot on target, create a chance or complete a dribble during the defeat – proving the former Real Madrid man doesn’t have what it takes to perform in the big games.
Arsenal should make a tough decision and replace him with Real Madrid superstar – James Rodriguez. Valued at £72m by Transfermarkt, the Colombian joined Los Blancos back in 2014 after a sensational World Cup campaign. However, he struggled to make an impact at the Bernabeu and was loaned to Bayern Munich on a two-year deal.
The 27-year-old was a key player for the Bavarians last season, scoring seven goals and registering 11 assists as Bayern were crowned Bundesliga champions yet again. Rodriguez averaged 2.8 key passes per game in Germany last season, highlighting the creative ability he would add to the Arsenal squad (WhoScored). Rodriguez is comfortable through the middle or on the wing and would be much better suited to Emery’s system than Ozil.
It’s time for a change at Arsenal, starting with ditching Ozil for Rodriguez.
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