On his day, Mesut Ozil can be regarded as one of the best No.10s in world football, but Arsenal fans have often been frustrated with the German international’s consistency.
The rise of North London rivals Tottenham in recent years, as well as the performances of Christian Eriksen, have led to many comparing the two midfielders regularly.
But would Ozil – valued at £45m by transfermarkt.com – walk straight in to Spurs’ best XI? Our writers have their say below…
Spurs fans would like to think that Christian Eriksen could provide most if not all of what Ozil does, but whatever your biases it’s hard to say that the German is not a fabulously talented player.
If Mauricio Pochettino was buying an attacking midfielder, though, he’d probably opt for someone who likes getting his hands dirty more than the Arsenal maestro, and there are undoubtedly more important areas on the pitch for the Spurs boss to focus on right now.
I’m not convinced Ozil would. While the German World Cup winner’s quality remains undoubted, and probably exceeds that of the creative personnel at Mauricio Pochettino’s disposal, it’s more a question of who you actually leave out to make room for him and how that would affect the balance of the team.
Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Heung-min Son are all amongst the best young attacking midfielders in Europe (Eriksen, the oldest, is three years Ozil’s junior), all bring something slightly different to the team and all three are so crucial to how Spurs defend by pressing high.
There’s very little evidence to suggest Ozil can play that kind of intense football, so I don’t know how much use Pochettino would really have for him. That being said, on paper at least, he is essentially an upgraded version of Christian Eriksen.