That’s the long and short of it. Unai Emery dressed it up more pleasantly than that, I’m sure, but that was the essence of their conversation according to Ornstein, the man from the BBC in Salford. Moreover, it is one backed in this instance, by the club. At £350k per week or whatever it is, they don’t feel like they are getting value for money.
It’s hard to argue with the club view. Whichever way we look at it, Ozil is inconsistent. And we’ve all had our say about the subject previously, And we’ll continue to do so all the while he is at the Arsenal.
I say it’s hard to argue with the club’s stance but we will…
It’s a long-term problem and we’re focused on the short-term. Which is Chelsea and whether he is fit for the match. Last weekend’s performance was so abject that a fit Ozil is a no-brainer to play. I don’t think he’d have made any difference at West Ham but you have to try anything to improve. Such as playing Lucas Torreira from the start. Or finding an effective way of combining Aubameyang and Lacazette up front.
But the media like to deal with the big topics of the day, such as “Is Mesut Ozil getting married?” Who let Hello! into the press conferences? What next? The Lady asking if Joe Montemurro prefers weft or warp knitting.
The key issue is whether Ozil is fit?
Now? He’s training consistently with his work over the past two weeks and I think he can be.Unai Emery on whether Mesut Ozil is fit for Chelsea
As it is a home game, I presume he’s in the reckoning for the XI. Plus we need to end a run of what is best described as mediocre performances.
He Won’t Be The First German Out Of The Club
For Unai Emery, the Ozil situation will only be favourably resolved with winning matches. Tomorrow is a match which will shape our aspirations for the remainder of the Premier League season. Win and the gap to Chelsea closes to three points. Defeat is nine points and ends top four aspirations while a draw leaves us with the status quo. Roll out the denim.
Ornstein was at pains to point out that Ozil isn’t a malevolent brooding presence at London Colney. He is apparently working hard on his fitness, smiling and popular with his team-mates. No wonder he’s smiling; while the others are slogging their way through the footballing equivalent of quicksand, he’s picking up £350k each week for not doing that.
While Emery all but ruled out a January move, a loan deal can’t be ruled out. It won’t bring the bounty hoped for, however. We’ll probably end up subsidising his wages all the while Ozil is loaned out which limits our ability to invest in new players.
While all this is going on, Emery didn’t deny Sven Mislintat is leaving the club either. “I don’t know”, he said when asked. As if. They are working together normally but there are no deals currently completed. No Suarez, which is no surprise given our track record of signing Suarez’s, no Hamez and no Carrasco.
We’re finding completing deals quickly challenging under the new regime. Is making deals quickly tough or because of the financial constraints Ivan & Co left us with? Is it just the January window being its usual troublesome self? Whichever way you look at it, the real surprise is that we haven’t yet seen an outbreak of broken cannons across the back pages.
Who thought the first season beyond Arsene would be turbulent, eh?
Nor The Second Either…
Meanwhile, we plough on wondering where Chelsea spied on us this week. Maurizio Sarri surely used the same techniques as Marcelo Bielsa? The Argentine’s modus operandi is surely common around the footballing world?
Not many, however, would have the brass balls to carry out a snap press conference in the way Bielsa did. Above all else, he proved there is room for lunacy, some colour in the monochrome football world we inhabit now.
However, he might just be setting a superstitious precedent. We’ve all had the lucky underpants or socks that instigated a win or successful run. Maybe Per’s thought was “if I stay away…” and it worked. Far from calling for his head, we should be lauding his foresight and new age managerial thinking.
Not that Per is the manager; he’s effectively the director and our board set the precedent by not turning up at Brighton last year. Get over yourselves and enjoy the fact that another victory over 5pur2 was recorded…