Arsenal coach Mertesacker makes ‘genius Ozil claim’ amid £350,000-a-week transfer speculation
Arsenal academy manager Per Mertesacker has labelled his former teammate Mesut Ozil a ‘genius’ but has told the German it is up to him to prove himself at the Emirates.
Regarded as one of the most gifted players at the Emirates, Ozil has divided opinion between fans for months now after agreeing a massive £350,000-a-week deal to stay at the club, with some believing he should be sold after failing to impress.
There was a lot of transfer speculation in the media over the summer window suggesting that he could be departing the club, but the Gunners decided to keep hold as nobody would meet their asking price, and they did not have the funds to find an immediate replacement.
Ozil has shown flashes of his undoubted quality during his six-year spell, and sked whether he understands Arsenal fans frustrations with Ozil, Mertesacker replied on the Sky Sports website: ‘Yeah because probably they don’t understand him.
‘I know how to take him and how to try to pinch him when needed. But ultimately it has to come from him if he wants to go to the next level. But he can deliver.
‘He loves playing football, it doesn’t come across so often. He is a genius in terms of what he can produce with the ball and you can see that in every training session.
‘He thinks he plays in the park, he can deliver that ball that no one else can deliver. He has got that magical sense.’
Ozil is a genius there is no doubt, but he is no longer the superstar player that he was at Madrid, or at times for Arsenal. There comes a point where Arsenal have to sell and that should have been during the summer window, especially as he is already hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons.
Ozil has been at the club for six years now and still has been unable to find his feet, so the best thing for Arsenal to do is let him leave the club at the end of the season get as much as possible as he can.