Out with the Ozil and in with the New
Ignoring recent paper talk of Mesut Ozil telling his team mates he’s joining his former boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, one thing is clear…Mesut Ozil is leaving.
Where Ozil will be playing next season is anyone’s guess which many a paper will try. For me personally I’d like to see how he gets on with the ultra-tactical game in Italy, maybe for one of the Milan teams.
For Arsenal they must look to the future and who can fill the creative void left by one of the most technically gifted players to grace the Premier league.
Looking at possible replacements for me there is one outstanding candidate who has a great first name may I say, Colombia international, James Rodriguez. Currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Real Madrid, but importantly asking to end his loan following Carlo Ancelotti’s sacking.
Rodriguez, 26 is facing an important part of his career, will he be an also ran at Real Madrid, in the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale etc. or will he move to a club where he will be the main man? Having played 144 games in all competitions and having a combined total of 93 goals and assists he has a higher game contribution average than Ozil and the other targets being linked.
Playing in a style reminiscent of Santi Cazorla before he turned into the Arsenal’s traditional hospital patient. James Rodriguez has it all, vision, dribbling skills, long range passing and shooting skills, as well as an athletic style that would be perfect for the Premier league.
There are many names linked with Arsenal right now, be that Thomas Lemar, Riyad Mahrez or Angel Di Maria but if Arsenal want to improve they should go for “El Diez” (The No. 10), Rodriguez to replace their “number 10”.