Time to leave the £42 million man, Ozil out of the team?

 

Time to rest Mesut Arsene?
Time to rest Mesut Arsene?

There has been much debate about the form of Mesut Ozil of late. He is quietly going about his work and without reaching the heights we all know he is capable of, his very presence lifts the team. It is perhaps unfair and unrealistic to expect goals, assists and fireworks every match.

The recent interview with Santi in the Guardian just illustrates the impact the German’s arrival has had on the squad. When a seasoned Spanish international who himself is one of the best players in the Premierships reacts   “I was,” he laughs, “like a little kid.” like that you know how special Ozil is.

“It was strange. I spoke to friends at Real Madrid who told me that Mesut was talking to Arsenal, that he wanted to leave. You hear about it but you still see it as something a long way off. You think, ‘How are Madrid going to let Mesut go?’ It’s puzzling. He’s one of the best in the world and you don’t really believe it. We were talking about it: ‘It’s close … it could happen … they’ve agreed …’ Then one day the manager said: ‘We’ve signed Mesut.’ And the happiness was immense.

Santi is still laughing
Santi is still laughing

Match turning moments and brilliance will come from him but is not always going to be the case but like with Bergkamp he has become the go to player.  He is invariably in the right position to receive the pass and his team mates know that even in a tight situation as with Dennis it will stick. I heard Ray Parlour talk about Bergkamp in this vein. He basically said if a team mate was in possession but surrounded by opposition players Bergkamp would instinctively move himself into the one and only possible position to receive the pass. So the player in difficulty would always have an outlet and possession was retained.  I think Ozil just maybe only the second player since DB10, the other being Cesc to a degree, whose ‘football brain’ operates at that level.

Always available to receive the ball like DB10
Always available to receive the ball like DB10

I wanted to make it clear at outset that this is not in any way a kneejerk reaction to recent games from the German playmaker, but I do feel it might be appropriate to rest Ozil this weekend and potentially for Hull as well for the following reasons:-

–          Whilst I am old school when it comes to selecting a first 11 we must all now accept that to fight on all fronts, as we appear to gearing up to do we must see rotation.

–          Theo Walcott is now fit and after 2 brief cameos, to regain full match fitness ahead of the tougher contests later in December Walcott needs games.

–          Whilst Wilshere has proved effective at times playing wide we will need Walcott’s pace to stretch teams and we should take advantage of a revitalized Jack whilst we have him and get him some time in the centre to see if he can pull the strings.

–          Cazorla too has not yet hit his best form since returning from injury. We just began to see glimpses against Southampton for him to be rested midweek. Santi needs a 90 minute run out for me.

–          Ozil will be needed at his best for the matches against Everton, Napoli, City etc and he has played so much football since arriving. Premiership football can have a higher tempo than La Liga. Ozil rarely completed 90 minutes for Madrid latterly but has been asked to do so more often than not for Arsenal. He looks jaded to me and in need of a breather.

–          I think in the 15 games Arsenal have played Ozil has started all barring The Chelsea League Cup game.

–          Cardiff have some impressive results under their belt at home but With our current form and those we have chomping at the bit to play it does appear a sensible game to rest Mesut.

 

All of the above are valid reasons from my perspective to rest Mesut Ozil. However the most significant reason is not listed above and that is the message it sends out to the other top sides who considered us unworthy rivals in August.

 

WE CAN REST OUR £42 MILLION SIGNING AND IT WILL NOT WEAKEN US IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE!

Can others say the same?

Have Man City coped at the back without Vincent Kompany away from home? NO!

Do Man City rest Yaya Toure? NO! Not on one single occasion in the EPL this season? He has stared 12/12

Do Man City rest Sergio Aguero? NO! he has started 11 out of 12 and came on in the one match he did not start. Oh and the came he did not start City failed to score and drew 0-0 with Stoke

Do Man United rest Wayne Rooney?  NO! He came on as substitute after a short pre-season on match day one and has stared 11/11 since. Oh and the first game away at Swansea they were struggling until he came on a scored 2.

Do Man United rest Michael Carrick? NO! he stared all of the first 10 matches pre-injury

Do Chelsea rest Oscar or Hazard? NO! Both have started 11 or of 12 matches.

Do Liverpool rest Luis Suarez? NO! He has started all 7 games since suspension and only come off for 12 minutes in one game.

 

OFFENSIVELY WE ARE SO STRONG THAT WE CAN REST MESUT OZIL, OUR £42 MILLION SIGNING. IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE PERHAPS THE FOLLOWING:

–         A FUTURE ENGLAND CAPTAIN WHO SCORED 2 IN HIS LAST GAME

–         OUR CURRENT PLAYER OF YEAR WHO SCORED 11 AND ASSISTED ON 12 OCCASIONS LAST SEASON.

–         A PLAYER WHO SCORED 14 AND ASSISTED ON 12 OCCASIONS JUST IN THE LEAGUE LAST SEASON.

 

I THINK WE MIGHT COPE, DO YOU?

 

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18 comments

  1. What is the probability that we can win against Cardiff w/o Ozil?
    I think it’s quite good so IMO we should rest Ozil and let him
    get ready for Dec.

  2. resting ozil after missing a penalty and generally not playing to his standard of late will only dent his confidence and loyalty.club and fans need to give hi support.the only way ozil can find himself is to play next game.

  3. Good read. From this point on rotation is key. I think we can cope without Özil against Cardiff, so yeah, give the guy a rest..Wenger!!

  4. I have no doubt that we can afford to rest Mesut. But I do not think his problem is fatigue. Recall that after the United game, where he was close to anonymous, he wasn’t used by Germany during the international break, and that should have afforded him some rest.

    He doesn’t come across like a fighter, and that’s a minus for me. There’s a delicateness about him that probably suits the Spanish league more than the Premiership. This was mentioned as part of the reason Madrid could afford top let go.

    To be honest, I would expect a lot more from the second most expensive player in the Premiership, and I hope Wenger would find a way to put that across without making him nervous. And if all he needs is a week or two to recharge his batteries, then let’s give it to him. it must be noted though that the other important players you mentioned are not getting any rest and are still giving their best week-in, week-out.

  5. Understand where you are coming from. Guess only AW & Ozil know how the later feels etc. If ‘they’ feel it’s the correct call then okay. Would like him to be at least on the bench. We really can not afford to gamble given our position. Cardiff as with any team, should not be underestimated. For me the EPL is No.1 and we are in a wonderful position to drive on & continue to apply pressure to the chasing pack. Would not take any unnecessary risks.

  6. Headline is silly. Leave it to Wenger. It’s a fine balance. Ozil needs to play more and more to get used to premiership and get in to top gear for end of the season run. At the same time, he will need rest at some point. This year Wenger has lots of options in the midfield. So I believe that he will keep everybody fresh and in shape for the end of the season run. Our midfield is the key for us to win trophies.

    1. No using the word ‘DROP’ would have been silly and trust me many bloggers would just to pull in the views

  7. While Ozil may benefit from a rest, I think we need to be careful. Now might not be the right time to take him out the team. There has been a lot of stupid criticism of him recently, which is totally unfounded and if Arsene were to take him out of the team, it may give Ozil the idea that Wenger has the same opinion of his performances. Remember, he left Real Madrid because he thought the manager had lost confidence in him and I certainly would not want him to do the same with us.

    Interesting that Jack points out that Ozil covers more kms in a game than anyone else in the team. He is hardly slouching around!

    Ozil is a great player and we just need to be patient and maintain our confidence. If the players were as temperamental as some of our supporters, we would be in big trouble.

  8. Nice read, a bit short article (in terms of length) though, by your own standard.
    Who is our current player of year with 1 goal and 14 assists last season?

  9. Only players I fear we can’t cope without now is Woj and Giroud , anyone one else we would be fine.

    Ozil is amazing but it’s just evident he seems a tad jaded, but dropping him now will play into the hands of the media. Next thing you see headlines everywhere saying Arsenal Flop dropped and Wenger has to start answering if he would start him in the next game et al. Just like City boss has to now with Joe Hart.
    Ozil might not suffer from being dropped but would he suffer from the headlines that would be written from it.?

  10. Rotation will be key during the next, hectic, month or so, but I do think we should start Mesut as often as possible & sub him when we’re ahead if he needs a breather. He does still need game time to get used to the Premier League (which is far more competitive than playing for Real in La Liga) & he does create space in midfield ‘off the ball’. Opposition will always track him, even double up on him, because of the threat he can be, creating more space for our other attackers to exploit.
    A well thought out post though, as usual. It is great to have these options at the moment. Predicting the starting XI is getting harder each week. And we still have Poldi & the Ox out.

  11. United rest RVP. Zaha. Januzaj.

    But being a typical arsenal fan.. You’ll try to come up with some shit reply to this one. Waiting.

    1. No mate I was just talking about each sides key players not all their players. But you have not rested RVP in the league. Only left out when injured

  12. Making a decision to exclude him from the team at this stage is akin to the decision to allow him to take that `penalty`, it will serve no positive purpose.

  13. I agree with you but it will be very risky because even his fellow prayers and the fans expect alot from him.So never change aw winning team,this has cost so many coaches their jobs.

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