The former Arsenal boss had his reservations regarding Mesut Ozil saga.
If Arsenal fans want a solution of one thing then it would be a solution to Mesut Ozil and Unai Emery saga. It’s an open secret that Unai isn’t a big fan of the German given the German’s inability to track back. The situation has led to Ozil starting only once in Premier League over the last 4 weeks. Injuries did prevent him out of the squad but the recent omission from West Ham once again questions the relationship between the two. It seems former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had a surprise stance on keeping Mesut Ozil.
And Wenger was involved in setting that level of wage. As much as some would love to think it was all Gazidis, Wenger was massively involved in player contracts.
— Tick Tock (@BlackScarfAFC) January 15, 2019
Reliable Arsenal blogger Arseblog claims former Gunners manager Arsene Wenger had some reservations about the new contract for Mesut Ozil last year. The German playmaker ended up committing his future at the Emirates Stadium after a protracted contract saga and links with other big clubs. However, things have not exactly worked out well for the German since then, with Wenger leaving Arsenal in the summer and being replaced by Unai Emery. Far less ready to indulge star players, the Spanish tactician has quite quickly frozen Ozil out of his first-team plans. He was left him on the bench or out of his matchday squad altogether at various points this season.
The 30-year-old is now being linked with an exit once again. The Daily Mail claim Emery is ready to cash in on the player and get his £350,000 a week wages off the club’s wage bill. However, it seems Wenger also had his doubts about keeping Ozil at the club on so much money, despite wanting the former Real Madrid man to stay.
Arseblog explains the situation briefly in the tweet below, which sheds an interesting light on Wenger. Wenger had the reputation for being the main man in control at Arsenal. He is also known for trusting certain players too much, though it seems this was not exactly the case with the German, leaving Emery in the difficult situation he finds himself in now.
It seems Wenger did play a crucial role in creating this problem. But given his economic knowledge and is reluctant to spend big, it’s hard to believe Wenger was the reason why Ozil got such high wages. Wenger always treats the club’s money like his own and it’s tough to believe orchestrating a move.