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TopTopQuality 2,656 pts

Buying Ozil was a mistake

Posted by TopTopQuality about 2 years ago · 108 replies

Ozil was a last minute panic buy by Wenger. A player in a position we didn't need to strengthen. He isn't playing to his best ability at Arsenal either. His main strength is through balls to fast runners, like it was with CR7. There are no such players at Arsenal except Walcott, who rarely plays. You can quote stats all you like about his key passes. In this Arsenal team Ramsey, Sanchez, Cazorla would've had better stats and a much better overall contribution than Ozil if they played as N10. I can name at least 3 players at Arsenal who would be better as No10 -

Ramsey - he's creative, a goal scorer, much better defensively, much better work rate,

Sanchez - well, he shits all over Ozil

Cazorla - he's already done it before and saved our asses in his first season at Arsenal

Everyone had a hard on anticipating a partnership between Sanchez and Ozil. But there isn't one (except maybe that goal vs Reading I think, in FA cup). Sanchez isn't really a winger. He's better suited to No10 position. If he played as a shadow striker behind Giroud he'd be scoring 30+ goals and getting 20+ assists per season.

If there was a bid of £40-50m for Ozil I'd sell him in a heart beat. And get a proper winger, be it Pedro, or even freaking Draxler, and have some money left over.

I remember when Cazorla was playing on the wing I was saying he'd be much better in central midfield. Everyone rolled their eyes. Even after Cazorla had an excellent game in that position against some Turkish club in CL. It's the sheepish mentality of many Arsenal fans, they just go into denial. Plus flogging Ozil would de congest the midfield a bit. If Sanchez and Ramsey were rotating in No10, Wishere would be getting more game time rotating with Cazorla in CM.

I know most would say something like "YOU'RE CLUELESS, OZIL IS WORLD CLASS". But they'd be the clueless ones, just a bunch of brainwashed puppets.

Besides no one's denying Ozil's quality, he's just not well suited to this Arsenal team. Plus we have better players than him.

108 Comments

JonWill 132 pts
Posted over 1 year ago by JonWill

What IX said. Özil play same, team is more effective and his game bring results. Yes, this year he may be bit better statistically, and i'm sure he improved as player, saying he was shit for last 2 years and now praise him for the same thing he did in those years make me wonder if you are beyond saving.

Mesut Özil isn't a bit better statistically. He's a lot better. He's posting creative numbers at rates that are better than his best season at Real Madrid 4 years ago. Forget assists. His chance creation has been incredible. He's a more complete player now as well. 2-4 years ago, Özil would have been incapable of playing 180 minutes in 3 days the way he just did a few days ago.

That said, he wasn't "shit" 2 years ago. That's just asinine. There's a reason people like Cristiano Ronaldo and the Fired One praise Mesut Özil, and it's not because they like to kiss ass.

Ix Techau Evil Mastermind 14,179 pts
Posted over 1 year ago by Ix Techau

Mesut Özil isn't a bit better statistically. He's a lot better. He's posting creative numbers at rates that are better than his best season at Real Madrid 4 years ago. Forget assists. His chance creation has been incredible.

Well again...as always when talking about chance creation we have to remember that it's not an isolated statistic, it all depends on the action of the served player. If Özil makes a perfect pass to a player who decides to not shoot because of [insert dumb reason], it's not registered as a created chance. The pass was perfect but the decision of the served player might not have been.

So his stats, although better this season, are not definitively supporting the fact that he is a much better player today compared to a year ago when everyone was saying how overrated he was. Obviously he has naturally improved like every player does over time, but just look at games from 2013-2014 and you'll see that he was doing the exact same stuff back then as he is today.

Players around him have become better at converting passes into chances.

Posted over 1 year ago by jayramfootball

Ozil was never shit - in fact he was amongst the top players in Europe creatively LAST year AND in his first year. Its just this year he is the middle of maybe the greatest season of all time for a #10. The team is now used to him and we are playing better in general.

Lets be clear though, the OP said we should have sold him and also said we should have bought Pedro instead... hehehehe! He didn't just say he was playing shit, which was stupid enough in itself :)

There a lot of embarrassed people around regarding Ozil - they tend to justify their ludicrous views by pretending there has been some miraculous change.

Truth is they made idiots of themselves at the time and its funny listening to their post rationalisation.

JonWill 132 pts
Posted over 1 year ago by JonWill

Well again...as always when talking about chance creation we have to remember that it's not an isolated statistic, it all depends on the action of the served player. If Özil makes a perfect pass to a player who decides to not shoot because of [insert dumb reason], it's not registered as a created chance. The pass was perfect but the decision of the served player might not have been.So his stats, although better this season, are not definitively supporting the fact that he is a much better player today compared to a year ago when everyone was saying how overrated he was. Obviously he has naturally improved like every player does over time, but just look at games from 2013-2014 and you'll see that he was doing the exact same stuff back then as he is today.Players around him have become better at converting passes into chances.

I agree. He's been great ever since he arrived, but he has improved. I was merely pointing out that 'a bit' didn't cover the huge increase in his statistical output this season.

His nature as a player means that it's not just his adaptation to his team-mates that has to happen, but the reverse as well. In addition, two seasons ago, Arsenal weren't a high-volume shooting team so that would affect chance creation.

Gunner Gunners fire long distance screamers at people 4,174 pts
Posted 3 months ago by Gunner

How about we get Pjanic who can attack like Ozil and have good defensive contribution? It's a no brainer if he is available.

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