This week, Arsenal have been linked with a move for James Rodriguez by the Independent. The midfielder doesn’t quite fit the system at Bayern Munich or at his parent club Real Madrid, and so at present, he’s a bit of a square peg in a round hole.
Conveniently, Arsenal have a bit of a creativity problem at present, with Aaron Ramsey’s contract at the club expiring at the end of the season, and given the fact that Mesut Ozil doesn’t seem to be trusted by Unai Emery, judging by his recent lack of action.
There’s an argument, then, to suggest that this would be a perfect match. However, that’s not quite the case. In fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
It makes no sense spending money on a player that, frankly, isn’t needed at the Emirates. Arsenal have enough financial issues without bringing in a player that has fallen short at two major European clubs.
Instead, then, Emery should look elsewhere, and he should be taking another look at Mesut Ozil.
Now, clearly, Emery has already made his judgement on Ozil, and it’s evidently not a good one. But let’s not forget the kind of player that he is.
Nobody in the Premier League at present has the vision or the creative poise of the German. He’s able to spot passes that just aren’t visible to the naked eye, and the way that he’s able to transition the ball from defence to attack is unrivalled. The versatility of his quality is also worth mentioning. Whether it’s a through ball, a cross or a short pass, the German always seems to find something special with the ball at his feet, and that’s a trait that simply cannot be undervalued. Let’s remember, this is a player that bagged an unbelievable 19 assists in a single season back in the 2015/16 season.
Does he fit Emery’s system perfectly? Clearly not. He needs to offer more in the way of defensive work, and consistency has been a problem for him. But the best way to get a player to change? You give them confidence, you don’t put them down.
Ozil’s always been a player that thrives if he’s given the confidence to go out and do what he does best, and Emery could reap those rewards, but only if he gives Ozil the opportunities to prove his worth.
James Rodriguez is a great player, but Ozil has proven his worth far more frequently than the Columbian. Ozil is one of the most frustrating players in the world – but he’s also one of the best, and Emery’s attack could improve so much if the German gets the chance that he deserves.