In the famous sayings of former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, new signings are of different types. Players just coming into the club either as newly bought acquisitions or free transfers are new signings. If they are returnees from a loan spell, they are also new signings but the interesting third type of new signings according to Le Prof are players returning from injury lay-off especially the long term injuries. To this end, we can say players like Chambers and Pablo Marin are “new” signings since they have been away recuperating from varying degrees of injuries.
I think the list is incomplete as a new type could be added and that is for players frozen out of the squad for one reason or the other. This is a new season and if they have been integrated back into the team, they are worthy of being called “new” signings.
If that is the case, the duo of Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendozi fall into this category. Ozil played a few games when Arteta took over but since project restart, he has not kicked a ball for the Gunners. As for Guendozi, he featured after the “Project Restart” but after the Brighton match debacle, he was dropped and never got in the matchday squad again be it in the Premier League or FA Cup.
The new season is here and teams are taking shape. Arsenal have not hidden their desire to get Ozil off their books no thanks to the huge wages he commands while Ozil has remained resolute in his resolve to only leave on his terms and at his time which is when his contract ends next summer.
350,000 pounds weekly pay is too much to pay a player who is not on the field. There is a contract between two parties and it is binding on them which means as inconvenient as the marriage between Arsenal and Ozil is, it might have to continue for the next one season at least. What this means is that Arsenal must find a way to benefit from the services Ozil can render and the only way to do that is to play him.
At this juncture, one can say Arsenal needs Ozil. The Gunners have an issue with creating chances. It is easy to point at Arsenal’s leaky defence but it is imperative to note that the Gunners conceded fewer goals than the Blues last season but the only difference was that Chelsea scored more and that translated into more wins while Arsenal scored less and that forced them into more draws.
Mikel Arteta has made efforts to address the dearth of creativity in the team by bringing Bossman agent, Willian from Chelsea but that still seem not enough as he is hot in pursuit of Hossem Aouar (Lyon) and Thiago Alcantara (Bayern) but both would cost “big” money which means the deal might fall through or go down to the wire but the Premier League will not wait which means Arteta needs to come up with a plan and that plan can be Ozil.
Ozil on his good days is one of the best playmakers around and he is currently contractually bound to Arsenal at least for this season. Time for Arsenal to sheath the sword, let Arteta bury the ego and let Ozil roll up his sleeves, there is work to be done. With Pepe, Lacazette and Aubamenyang, his efforts would not waste and his passes would get the clinical touch they deserve in front of goal. Based on the existing contract, this is Ozil’s final year at Arsenal but he can sign off in style. Henry’s 20 assists in an EPL season is a record that still towers tall but with an attack minded manager in Arteta and lethal forwards in Aubamenyang and Pepe, the record can be broken.