Wenger : Ozil struggling for Arsenal all because of this reasons.

The legendary French boss was in charge of Arsenal when Ozil renewed his deal (Picture: Getty)

Arsene Wenger has suggested that Mesut Ozil’s recent struggles are down to falling into a ‘comfort zone’ after signing a new long-term contract with Arsenal.

The German has found his first-team opportunities limited in recent months, with new boss Unai Emery only playing him in one of the last seven Premier Leaguematches.

Ozil was notably left on the bench despite Arsenal needing a goal against Manchester City at the start of February, even though he is the highest earner in the club’s history.

Ozil has regularly not even made the bench, let alone the starting XI recently (Picture: Getty)

Wenger was in charge when Ozil signed that contract, which runs until 2021, and he suggested the security of the new deal has affected the German’s effort levels.

‘I feel that the length of the contract has nothing to do normally with the selection of the team. But sometimes there are special cases,’ said Wenger at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

‘Most of the time now we think when we sign a player for five years we have a good player for five years. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they practice, they play their best. Because they might be in their comfort zone.

‘He has a contract but the problem is that if you want to buy a player like him you have to spend £100m.

Wenger was speaking after being handed a lifetime achievement award (Picture: Getty)

‘And to maintain the value of the player, beyond the Ozil case, it is more about the way football is structured.

‘To buy players of top, top quality you need £100m. So the decision you have to make is whether you re-sign the player, who costs us nothing, or do we have the money to buy a new player?’


The players Arsenal could sell to help increase Unai Emery's summer transfer budget

Paris Saint-Germain's reported interest in Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi could solve Unai Emery's transfer problems in the summer.

According to The Express , the Ligue 1 leaders are keeping tabs on their former youth product and view him as a potential replacement for Adrien Rabiot, who is set to leave the Parc des Princes on a free transfer in the summer.

The report also states that PSG would have to offer in the region of £60m in order to lure the France U21 international back to the club.

There's no doubt that selling Guendouzi would anger the majority of supporters, but that mooted fee could tempt the Gunners into doing business as it would allow Emery to invest in other areas of the squad.

Furthermore, when taking into consideration that they could miss out on the Champions League next season, the transfer budget would likely be limited to around £50m and that can just about sign one top class player these days.

So any transfer offer that gives Emery more spending power in the summer would have to be considered.

That's not to say selling Guendouzi is the only way to raise funds ahead of the summer transfer window as the club's will save money once Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech leave upon the expiry of their deals.

Then there's Stephan Lichtsteiner and Danny Welbeck - both out of contract in June and unlikely to be offered new deals.

However, the north London outfit only stand to save money on wages with that quartet leaving in the summer and there needs to be a plan where they can resist any potential offer for Guendouzi and increase Emery's transfer budget at the same time.

So is there anyone at Arsenal who could be sold in the summer to help boost the transfer budget?

Based on an estimated value of each member of the Arsenal senior squad we take a look at the players the club could look to cash in on come the end of the season.

Mohamed Elneny

football.London revealed in January that the Egypt international would be allowed to leave if a suitable offer came in.

Elneny has featured just four times in the Premier League this season under Emery and going out of the FA Cup is likely to limit his game time for the remainder of the campaign.

Potential transfer fee: £15m

Emery would not stand in his way if an offer in the region of £15m came in.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

It's been a mixed 13 months for the Armenian playmaker following his move to the Emirates - a deal which took Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United and it's not conclusive as to who got the better of that swap deal.

Mkhitaryan scored the first goal of the Emery era and has been a regular under the Spaniard when fit, but hasn't shown the Borussia Dortmund type of performances on a consistent level.

Potential transfer fee: £25m

Is on big wages which could put many teams off, but a £25m offer would be too good to turn down as Emery could use that money to invest in an actual winger.

Mesut Ozil

All signs are pointing toward the highest paid player at the club leaving in the summer, or at least the club are attempting to push him out.

Ozil's stock has dropped following a difficult World Cup last summer and a below-par - by his usual high standards - first half of the season and has made two appearances in 2019 under the Gunners head coach.

Potential transfer fee: £15m-£25m

Given he earns around £350,000 a week and loves the London life, just getting Ozil off the wage bill seems to be the plan at the moment. But finding someone to take on those wages will prove very difficult and the Gunners would probably have to accept a bid well under his value.

David Ospina

Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has seemingly hinted at turning Ospina's loan deal into a permanent one for next season.

"Ospina was meant to play on Thursday in the Europa League, but wasn't feeling up to it, so I switched things around and used him [against Torino] instead," Ancelotti said, as reported by

FourFourTwo .

"Ospina will remain at Napoli next season, regardless of how many games he plays."

Potential transfer fee: £3m

It's likely that the Colombia international will be sold for around just £3m.

Shkodran Mustafi

The German hasn't really convinced during his time in England and is probably the unanimous choice amongst supporters to be sold in the summer transfer window.

There have been reports that the Gunners are looking to offload Mustafi in the summer and plan to replace him with a centre-back, amid links to Mainz's Jean-Philippe Gbamin.

Potential transfer fee: £30m

Luckily for Arsenal, Mustafi still has a few more years left to run on his contract at the Emirates and that should ensure they recoup most of the £35m fee they paid Valencia in 2016.

Calum Chambers

It's unclear as to what the future holds for Chambers at Arsenal. He looked to have got his career back on track after impressing in pre-season and then signing a new contract.

But a few days later he joined Fulham on loan and might slip even further down the pecking order upon his return especially if a new centre-back arrives in the summer.

Potential transfer fee: £20m

Has impressed at Craven Cottage - albeit in a defensive midfield role - and that might alert a few potential suitors. Tying him down to a new deal last July means Arsenal could command a decent fee.

Carl Jenkinson

It's somewhat of a mystery - and quite amusing - that in 2019 Carl Jenkinson is still an Arsenal player.

Is way down the pecking order despite getting some game time this term. Certainly living the life of most Gunners fans, but should be on his way out at some point this year.

Potential transfer fee: £2m

His contract expires at the end of next season so won't be bringing in a huge fee.


Revealed: Emery is harming Aubameyang and Lacazette by doing this…

Former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole has questioned Unai Emery’s decision to leave Mesut Ozil out of Arsenal’s starting line-up, suggesting that it is having a negative impact on his strikers.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is third in the Premier League golden boot standings with 15 goals this season while Alexandre Lacazette has also chipped in with ten.

Between them, Aubameyang and Lacazette account for 47% of Arsenal’s 53 league goals this season.

Despite both strikers playing well, though, Arsenal rank ninth in the Premier League for chances created this season, behind the other top six clubs as well as relegation threatened Fulham, Wolves and Crystal Palace, creating 9.6 chances per game.

And Cole believes a major factor behind the team’s chance creation problem is that Ozil has not been starting regularly, with the 2014 World Cup winner featuring only twice for Arsenal since their Boxing Day draw against Brighton.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ debate show, Cole said:

‘Arsenal over the previous years, when Wenger was there, did that. You’ve got to play your best players when you need them, and Ozil is one of Arsenal’s best.

‘If you asked Lacazette and Aubameyang: ‘Do you want Mesut to play?’ they’d say yes all day long, all day long! It’s really, really strange.’

Ozil signed a £350,000 per week deal to stay at Arsenal last January and it was expected that he would be one of the key player’s that Emery built his new-look team around when the Spaniard replaced Arsene Wenger last summer.

That hasn’t proven to be the case, however, with Emery frequently dropping Ozil to the substitute’s bench or out of his 18-man squad entirely, as was the case for Thursday’s embarrassing 1-0 defeat to BATE Borisov in the Europa League.

Despite dominating possession with 77% of the ball throughout the course of the game, Arsenal struggled to create too many clear-cut opportunities against BATE.

Lacazette did find the net from a Sead Kolasinac cross only to be correctly adjudged to be offside.

Lacazette later let his frustrations get the better of him as he was sent off five minutes from time for flinging an elbow into an opponent’s face.

Aubameyang, meanwhile, was given only 20 minutes to score after coming off the bench.

Arsenal’s most creative player in the Premier League this season has been Granit Xhaka and his 27 chances created ranks 43rd in the division.

Ozil, meanwhile has created 1.8 chances per game which is the highest average in Arsenal’s squad.

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Mesut Ozil leaves UK to clear his head amid Unai Emery problems at Arsenal

The 30-year-old was left out of Arsenal's Europa League squad midweek in the latest setback of a difficult season

Mesut Ozil has escaped the UK for a break from his Arsenal woes

Mesut Ozil has headed to Turkey for a weekend away as speculation around his Arsenal future continues to mount.

The Gunners midfielder is said to be at odds with current manager Unai Emery , and has taken the opportunity for a break from the UK.

Ozil is a descendant of Turkey, and posted a picture to Instagram of him in the country with his girlfriend, Amine Gulse, on Sunday.

It comes following Emery's decision to leave Ozil out of Arsenal's Europa League squad which travelled to Belarus in midweek.

Arsenal were beaten 1-0 against BATE in the competition, with Ozil posting a cryptic message on Twitter the following day.

Ozil wrote: "When you start supporting a football club, you don't support it because of the trophies, or a player, or history.

"You support it because you found yourself somewhere there; found a place where you belong."

The quote was said previously by Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp, who showed his support for the tweet, along with a number of Ozil's current and former teammates.

Alexandre Lacazette, Alex Iwobi, Sead Kolasinac and Granit Xhaka all liked the post, along with ex-Gunners Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere.

It has been a difficult season for Ozil, who has found himself in and out of the side at the Emirates under the new Emery regime.

Relations between Ozil and manager Unai Emery appear fractured

Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit gave his thoughts on the German's predicament, suggesting a lack of motivation was perhaps to blame.

Petit said: "I have huge respect for Ozil but the Ozil I used to watch years ago, he was one of the best attacking midfield players in the world, he was a pleasure to watch.

"Now it's not even a pleasure or a desire to see him in the team because he's lost it.

"Ozil is a big player but he's not a big personality. He never talks. Sometimes I think he's a ghost on the pitch.

"He never says anything to his team-mates. He never shows any emotion."

Arsenal are next in action on Thursday in the second leg of the clash with BATE.


Are Arsenal heading for the same heartache as Blackpool fans?

‘One man and his club.’

The acid asset strip.

“Blackpool football club has been put into receivership by the High Court. The club has been put into receivership so it can be sold and the proceeds used to pay off some of the £22m owed by the owners, the Oyston family, to the Latvian banker Valeri Belokon. Owen Oyston, the 85-year-old owner of the club, was ordered to buy Mr Velokon out for £31.27m.”

If you put this in a search engine: ‘Blackpool football club has been put into receivership’ You will get the full details giving the history of the owner helping himself to the club’s wealth. This is what can happen when the club owner has full control of all that the club owns.

Blackpool are not the first to experience this. To my knowledge Portsmouth, Brighton, Leeds, Glasgow Rangers and I think two others clubs have been asset stripped, that is to say everything it owns, from the first blade of grass to the last blade of grass, has been squirrelled away into the owner’s piggybank and the clubs have had to start again with very little.

When Arsenal was a public company it had to publish its accounts and we saw that Mr Kroenke was helping himself to the Arsenal golden eggs.

Now he owns the club outright, he can just help himself as a night time burglar would when discovering someone had forgotten to lock the back door of the bank.

Mr Kroenke likes the shadows of invisibility not for him the lights of fame and glory. In other words our ‘Arsenal Hero’ doesn’t have a Donald Trump ‘Look at me. I greatest.’ Personality – He is shy!

Instead of a big plunder hitting the headlines, we will read something like this. The centre at High Ham Hill is to close. There will be a good excuse for this. The savings will slip unknown to us into Kroenke’s piggy pocket.

At the moment Boreham Wood FC ground is used for games. That could end. Money saved – drip, drip you know where!

In the course of time Arsenal will be the same as his American operations, with costs cut to the bone and a low placed league filler-occupier, position. (Yes I know the Rams got to the final but that is the only one time.)

What happens when our ‘Money Man of the shadows’ needs a billion or two? Where will he turn? To one of his American cash cow clubs that he owns? Don’t think so. In this case not ‘America first.’ No. It’s Arsenal he will sell, especially if there are no more Arsenal golden Eggs to supply his incubator.

He will sell to anyone. If the buyer thinks there is more asset stripping to be done that is exactly what will happen.

The heartache that the Blackpool supporters now share with each other at the way their club has been and is being treated, is slowly becoming our experience.

We no longer have a ‘football’ manager who controls the football we play.

We have an owner who pulls the strings of the ‘puppet’ manager and everybody else at the club including us who love the club and have loved it since we were kids. It hurts,


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