German international Mesut Ozil has divided opinions amongst fans and club legends since his record-breaking £42.5 million move to the Emirates in 2013 with many accusing the German midfielder of going missing too often in big games but the German playmaker reminded the fans of his quality after he delivered a master class performance against rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the north London Derby on Saturday having assisted Shkodran Mustafi for the opening goal as the Gunners secured a comfortable 2-0 against their north London rivals.
However, the former Real Madrid midfielder has been labeled as a contract rebel by many having refused to extend his contract at the Emirates beyond this season and could leave the Gunners for a cut price deal in the winter transfer window with top clubs like Barcelona and Manchester United vying for his signature if he doesn’t put pen to paper on a new deal or could leave on a free at the end of the season.
The German has struggled for consistency so far this season and has looked lost in some games he has played for the Gunners this season but when he plays well the team plays well. His man of the match performance against the Toffees few weeks ago and his top-notch display against local rivals Spurs on Saturday shows how important he is to the north London club. The German international underlined his importance to the Gunners against Spurs with a commanding display having completed 81% of his passes, created 4 chances, made two successful tackles and provided one assist.
With his display against Spurs Wenger will be hoping a repetition of such performances on a regular basis will convince the board to do whatever it takes to meet the playmaker contract demands or risk losing him on a free in the summer if he doesn’t leave in the January transfer window.
The 28-year-old recently demanded for the number 10 shirt currently worn by Englishman Jack Wilshere as part of his contract demands if he is to stay at the Emirates beyond this season as he believes he can help promote his m_10 official brand. The World Cup winner might be found wanting especially in some big games but keeping the German international beyond this season should be priority for the Gunners as he is key in their hunt for trophies and a return to the Champions League next season.