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Mesut Ozil’s attitude on the pitch can sometimes be called into question.
However, now we’re having to have a serious think about his attitude off of the pitch, after a recent Bleacher Report article outlined his plans at the club.
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Sources close to B/R apparently told them that Ozil doesn’t intend on asking to leave anytime soon as he still enjoys picking up his £350,000 a week wages.
Instead, they state that Ozil is going to bide his time and judge whether or not Unai Emery will still be at the club next season.
The fact that the midfielder’s plans at Arsenal hinge on the manager being sacked is ridiculous, and if this is the case then the club have some serious thinking to do.
The article also states that sources close to the player expect him to move to MLS when he eventually does leave Arsenal, but that move should happen sooner rather than later.
Emery is never going to be a success in London if his highest-paid star is simply waiting for him to be sacked.
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What sort of culture does this create at a football club?
It’s a farcical situation, and Arsenal shouldn’t bow to the whims of player power.
It’s time for the Gunners to get behind the manager – they should make it clear to Ozil that Emery is going to be staying and see how he reacts.
It’s not about the former PSG boss being the right man for Arsenal, it’s about making it clear to every single player in that dressing room that the manager is the most important man at the club.