With the summer transfer window coming to a close, with clubs, buying, selling and renewing players contract, while some players are seen as contract rebels based on their reluctance to put pen to paper in search of more money and better footballing trophies. Pfft! Who is to blame? I can’t fault them; after all, footballers have 15 years before they really start hanging their boots.
In August 2013 Wenger brought to us something I thought would take me a lifetime to witness when he signed artistic midfielder Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid on deadline day. In a state of speechlessness, I was amazed Arsene Wenger spent £42.5m on a single player and not an entire squad.
The German midfielder’s move from the Santiago Bernabeu seemed unlikely at the start of the summer transfer window; and if anyone had told me we’d sign Mesut Ozil before the close of the summer transfer window, I’d have laughed it off and probably label the person mad.
Ozil’s transfer wasn’t seen on the cards, but with one or two issues with then-manager Carlo Ancelotti saw the head towards the exit door at Madrid. Ozil’s transfer was completed few minutes before the close of the transfer window although he didn’t have his medical done in London, he had his medical done in Germany as he was with the German squad preparing for world cup qualifier match against Austria – which Germany eventually won the world cup a year later with the playmaker playing a significant role to their triumph.
Then, Ozil would go on and become the third most expensive signing in British football history, behind Fernando Torres, who joined Chelsea from Liverpool for £50m in 2011, and Carlos Tevez, who cost Manchester City £45m.
There was jubilation amongst fans all over the world supporting this beautiful illustrious club like Arsenal and even a better feel of exciting from fans outside the Emirates as they mobbed the Sky Sports reporter in all happiness.
Not only were fans delighted about the transfer and how much was spent in acquiring the player, but also internal bodies at the club from Wenger and the Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, with the latter describing Ozil as a “world-class player, who is one of Europe’s brightest young talents.
Arsene Wenger was extremely pleased about signing Mesut Ozil, saying “He is a great player, with proven quality at both club and international level. We have watched and admired him for some time as he has all the attributes I look for in an Arsenal player.”
Jose Mourinho also described Ozil as the best playmaker in the world but I’m sure wouldn’t admit it now he’s no longer on his team.
Ozil since making his transfer from Spanish side Real Madrid to Arsenal has gone on to win 1 world cup, 3 FA Cups and a Community Shield, often times being slated by the English media and myself for his lackadaisical attitude shown on the pitch at times but that’s seldom.
With the 2017-2018 season kicking off tomorrow at the Emirates against Leicester City and with the German yet to sign a contract as he enters the last year on his contract, he (Ozil) does have a big decision to make and the events of this season could prove vital in his decision making.
I want Ozil to extend his contract with the Gunners because who does creative footballing like Mesut?