Arsenal should have signed Gylfi Sigurdsson ahead of Everton

Joe Allen of Stoke City is challenged by Mesut Ozil during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Arsenal at Bet365 Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Arsenal's Arsene Wenger should've rivalled Everton for Gylfi Sigurdsson this summer instead of keeping faith with Mesut Ozil.

Mesut Ozil, despite what many Arsenal fans still believe, is not the second coming of Christ. Make no mistake, the 28-year-old is well capable of the odd miracle, but water-into-wine acts have been few and far between for a player whose only similarity to Jesus appears to be the fact that both boast many disciples.

Difference is, Ozil, a £42.5 million signing from Real Madrid four years ago, has turned out to be more of a mess than a messiah and manager Arsene Wenger has to bare the cross of not replacing him with a better player when he had the chance this summer.

If Gylfi Sigurdsson - who joined Everton in a £45 million deal last week, according to The Telegraph - proves himself a hit at Goodison Park then the Gunners' faithful could and should be asking why Wenger didn't make his move.

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea City celebrates scoring his sides first goal with Martin Olsson of Swansea City during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at...

Everton are a club on the rise but the 27-year-old would've found it difficult to pass up a move to the Emirates Stadium, but the French manager refused.

Not too long ago it would've been considered blasphemy (by Arsenal fans at least) to even consider Sigurdsson on the same level as Ozil, but the truth is the Iceland international scored one more goal and bagged four more assists than his German counterpart last term.

Statistically, he had a better Premier League season than the World Cup winner, in spite of the fact he was playing alongside Jordan Ayew and Fernando Llorente rather than Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud, where his output probably would've been boosted significantly.

Ozil, who has 23 goals and 42 assists in 118 Premier League games, is a busted flush but pride has prevented Wenger from mucking his hand, even when it has been glaring obvious for quite a while that, despite an abundance of talent, he will never be consistent or reliable.

Problem is, talent, as a stand-alone quality, isn't enough in any occupation unless it's accompanied by a solid attitude and work ethic which Ozil clearly lacks. Martin Keown, writing in The Daily Mail, summed it up perfectly by describing him as an "icing-on-the-cake player - someone who is happy to create the chances to win matches but will not scrap and fight for the team."

In other words, when things are going well for Arsenal, Ozil is involved. When things aren't, he blends into the collective apathy, but the new Everton man has no problem shouldering responsibility and Wenger's first XI is better with him than it is with Ozil.

He is not Arsenal's saviour and never will be. The sooner Wenger accepts this as gospel, the better.

Mesut Ozil of Arsenal moves away from Xherdan Shaqiri during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Arsenal at Bet365 Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

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