Mesut Ozil is a significantly gifted player, there is simply no denying that. And who better than Jose Mourinho to attest to the fact, having spent time with the German during his stint at Real Madrid.
The United boss has remained a firm believer in his talents even after, having already described the player as “the best No 10 in the world.” And a casual look at his assists and creative brilliance would make anyone agree to it as well.
Over the past weeks, much has been made over the two reuniting as a result of Ozil not signing a new contract with Arsenal when his current one runs out this summer, and it has been one that has gained tremendous speculation.
Despite his season’s early success that saw him have the most assists of any player in Europe, Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s dip in form is one that Mourinho has been very critical of, and he has been excluding the Armenian from several matchday squads as a result.
On the other hand, the Portuguese refuses to deploy Juan Mata in the no. 10 role despite the Spaniard openly stating that it is his preferred position to play in. Experiments with Rashford, Lingard, and even Pogba at the attacking spot have yet to yield consistently effective results.
Thus, Ozil is the ideal solution to the woes at Old Trafford, but the management prefers to wait till the summer and sign the Gunner for free rather than dish out a considerable sum in January itself.
However, things might not go as easy as that, since other European powerhouses might wish to take advantage of Arsenal’s precarious position to make some profit and hijack the deal in the coming months itself.
The solution is clear, but what Mourinho does to bring it to reality will be an interesting saga to witness.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.