Mesut Ozil was invisible as Arsenal lost their opening game of the Premier League against Manchester City.
Goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva handed Pep Guardiola three points as he looks to defend the Premier League trophy. Unai Emery surprised many by starting youngster Matteo Guendouzi in the midfield as well as choosing Petr Cech between the sticks ahead of Bernd Leno. The performance will be concerning for the Arsenal fans as City barely left second gear and strolled to victory.
Ozil’s performance will be of particular concern with the German playmaker unnoticeable at the Emirates. The former Germany international has come under fire for going missing during big games in the past, and it was another show to forget against the Citizens. He attempted just one dribble and completed just 76% of his passes (WhoScored). Emery would be wise to cut his losses and sign a new playmaker in January.
One man he should consider is Ajax playmaker – Hakim Ziyech. Valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt, the Moroccan enjoyed a terrific season in the Eredivisie, scoring nine goals and notching 17 assists. His performances have attracted interest from Roma, but the Italian side have so far been unsuccessful in their pursuit.
Ziyech is extremely versatile and can operate in a deeper midfield role or on the wing making him perfect for Emery’s 4-2-3-1 system. The Morocco international has a fantastic eye for a pass and has finished as the top assist provider in each of the last three seasons in Holland. With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette ahead of him, Arsenal would be scoring for fun.
Arsenal fans, thoughts?