Four years ago, Mesut Ozil’s £42.5 million transfer to Arsenal was that year’s Neymar moment. The deal set a new record for the club, and also made the attacking midfielder the most expensive German footballer ever.
Yet today, he looks like becoming the latest in an ever growing list of bad news stories coming out of Emirates Stadium, where financial mismanagement and wasted opportunities are becoming seen as business as usual.
The 28 year old star of World Cup 2014 is currently in a contract stand-off with Arsenal, and the upshot is that he will be at liberty to leave next summer. Already, his name has been linked Manchester United, and from the player’s perspective, the idea is a compelling one.
During their time together at Real, Jose Mourinho demonstrated that he knew how to get the best out of Ozil, something that Wenger has patently failed to do. On the increasingly rare occasions, he has taken to the field, he has looked like a man out of place, which is exactly what he has typically been.
If you look back at his glory years at Real, and his instrumental role in helping Germany achieve World Cup glory, he had the freedom to play a far more attacking role than he can for the Gunners. Is it simply a case that the Arsenal system and he do not mix, or is this another case of Wenger being unable to get the best out of a world class player?
Transfer odds from the casino world
The popular press might be treating Mesut Ozil’s departure as a foregone conclusion, but to get an objective view, the best place to look is at the sports betting sites. Online casinos like toplivecasino.co.uk provide links to the latest betting odds, and provide valuable clues as to what is likely to happen and when.
As far as Ozil’s future is concerned, the bookmakers have him at 5/2 to be wearing a United shirt next season. Barcelona are a 4/1 shot, while a move to Inter Milan is at 9/2. If you think he could be on his way even sooner, the betting sites will offer 8/1 for a move to Manchester United before 03 February 2018, while the idea that he might depart to Inter on a loan deal over the coming months is rapidly gaining traction, and quoted at 11/2.
Impact on Wenger
If Ozil departs as expected on a free transfer, it will put additional pressure on Arsene Wenger. Questions over his future have been somewhat quieted by the recent run of good results on the pitch, but these cannot entirely silence the doubters’ grave misgivings about the way things are handled behind the scenes.
Wenger is currently at 33/1 in the ever popular “next Premiership manager to leave his post” stakes, but expect these odds to shorten considerably if the Ozil move comes about, and the dissenting voices to become more vociferous than ever.