Mesut Ozil’s impending move to Manchester United has been in the news for quite a while now. Whether it’s just pointless speculation, or solid information owing to the fact that the stellar playmaker is on his last year of contract with Arsenal, is yet to be known.
However, if the 29-year-old German were to join the Red Devils, not all believe that the decision will be a wise one. In fact, one former Manchester United and Arsenal player is very critical about it. Mikaël Silvestre, in an interview with beIN Sports, revealed that Ozil wouldn’t last long at United.
The Frenchman stated: “I think he would have to change his attitude. I think it’s mainly when the team loses the ball. The first few seconds in reaction – that’s when the coaches want you to get up and try to recover as quickly as possible. Be that man to block and try to stop your opponent.”
However, the former Real Madrid forward put in a brilliant performance in the Gunners’ 5-2 triumph over Everton on Sunday.
Despite this, Silvestre had a pretty good reason: “And his transitions sometimes, he looks like “okay we lost the ball now and I’ve got to run back now because I’m Arsenal”, but sometimes it doesn’t look like he is interested, so at United he wouldn’t last long – especially with Jose Mourinho.”
Apart from that, he also posed a question that must be on the minds of quite a few United fans as well: “If you put players into categories, I would put him in with Mkhitaryan and Mata, so you already have two players like this. Technical, good vision, proper playmakers. So why would you sign another? You don’t need to pile these types of players.”
It will be interesting to see what Arsenal’s move will be over the future of the assist-king, and whether or not we will have an opportunity to see if Silvestre’s prophecy comes true.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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