The fact that Arsenal’s highest-ever paid player, who only signed a new deal back in January, is already having to fight for his place in the team should be a real cause for concern.
Following a torrid World Cup campaign with Germany, and a retirement from international football which clearly indicated that the playmaker was having a tough time, it’s hardly surprising that he’s returned to the Emirates Stadium out of sorts.
How Unai Emery handles this situation with his star man will be one of the first great tests of his reign in North London.
The playmaker ought to be afforded the opportunity to play through his poor form. If fit, this should begin with a start against Cardiff City. The No. 10 has the quality to pull this lacklustre Cardiff defence apart, and a strong performance would give Ozil a welcome and timely confidence boost.
The majority of these polled Arsenal fans agree that Ozil ought to start against the Bluebirds, however, 41% aren’t convinced that the creative-midfielder currently deserves inclusion in the first XI. See the full results below.