Arsenal's record-breaking signing has been mocked up in a wanted poster… but it's not one that will be well-received by Gunners.
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Last summer, the rumoured availability of erstwhile Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil made him a wanted man by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. The German playmaker's precision in the pass, combined with his creativity, had star attacker Cristiano Ronaldo thriving in a free-scoring role, yet Ozil was sold to the North London outfit for a Gunners club record of £42.4m.
He is now wanted for another reason… because he has gone missing.
Increasingly throughout the season there have been detractors pointing to the anonymity that Ozil occasionally enjoys in certain games. His quality has never been in question - he has completed 88% of his 1,316 passes and has created 56 attacking chances - however, the club and the player himself, will be under the microscope in big games in the future as Ozil continually fails to influence crucial matches - none more so than at Anfield, against Liverpool last weekend.
Arsenal play Manchester United mid-week and, should Ozil be fit, one would presume he would start, however, would his presence strike the fear factor into the reigning Premier League champions or would the visitors at the Emirates Stadium expect to dominate the attacker?
Considering the rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, the Lilywhite side of North London will no doubt revel in mock-up above.
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