Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is being linked with a €40 million January move to Bayern Munich, according to reports in Germany.
According to the Telegraph, Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola is considering a move for Ozil as his star midfielders, such as Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are now in their thirties. The 25-year-old has been criticised since his move to the Emirates, with many pundits feeling that the World Cup winner has not lived up to his £42.5 million price tag.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher was largely critical of Ozil’s debut season in English football where he claimed that the German needs to perform at a higher level in the big games.
“He’s got to get more goals into his game. A player in that position I think they’ve got to contribute more.
“Hopefully next year he’ll be getting into double figures and then you would say he’s had a good season.
“Any player who’s on the ball and likes to thread balls through wants someone with pace to run on to them. Giroud’s not that type, Cazorla’s not that type, Rosicky’s not that type, so you’re thinking if Walcott got a full season – a striker up there with pace – you’d expect him to get more assists.
Ozil will be expected to improve in his second season for the Gunners and with the pace of Alexis Sanchez and new signing Danny Welbeck running in behind defences this could give Ozil the chance to demonstrate the vision and creativity he has to unlock defences, which has made the German one of the most highly regarded midfielders in world football.
The 25-year-old would however fit into Pep Guardiola’s side; his technical skill is something that would appeal to the Spanish coach who is renowned for using players who possess a high level of technical skill. Ozil would seem to fit the bill.
Ozil began his career in the Bundesliga with Schalke 04 before moving to fellow Bundesliga club Werder Bremen where he began to establish himself as one of the finest talents in German football.
With recent speculation that the 25-year-old could now be targeted by Bayern boss Pep Guardiola, Arsenal fans will hope that the German remains with the Gunners and shows the form he showed while at Real Madrid.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena
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