Mesut Ozil is one of the most divisive players in the Premier League, if not the world, and it looks like Unai Emery has firmly settled on his stance on the enigmatic German playmaker.
While Ozil may have been indulged by previous Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, it seems Emery is not prepared to keep hold of him any longer after failing to impress him in the first few months of his reign.
Tuttomercatoweb claim the Gunners manager has offered Ozil to Inter Milan and Juventus in a bid to get him off the club’s books and significantly reduce their wage bill, with the 30-year-old making a whopping £350,000 a week.
And if you’re an online sports betting soccer fan, you may be interested to see Ozil’s odds on leaving Arsenal this month have tumbled significantly to just 5/1 with most major bookies now.
It remains to be seen where Ozil could end up next, but one imagines the former Real Madrid man shouldn’t be too short on suitors.
While many like to jump on the bandwagon of slamming Ozil as lazy and inconsistent, the fact is he has with remarkable consistency been the most creative player in the Premier League since he joined back in 2013.
Of course, he probably could contribute more in terms of tracking back, and his finishing is a real weakness for a player in his position, but he remains one of the very best in the business at what he’s ultimately out there on the pitch to do.
Manchester United were notably linked with the player last year before he eventually signed a new contract at the Emirates Stadium, and they seem like a club who could still do with what he has to offer.
The Red Devils need a replacement for Juan Mata as he enters into the final few months of his contract, and Ozil would surely be an upgrade anyway.
And while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got off to a great start at Old Trafford, his side still lacks a number ten of that style to really carve teams open in the more cagey matches.
It remains to be seen what Arsenal would do if he left, with a signing surely needed but not a great deal of time left now to get a good enough player in.
This is certainly a transfer saga to keep an eye on in the coming weeks as it could have major repercussions on how the rest of the season plays out.