Monday’s Paper Round contains the shock news that Mesut Ozil is apparently determined to leave Arsenal in the New Year, with Bayern Munich ready to pay £30m.
Ozil ‘wants to quit Arsenal’ – That’s the bold claim in the Daily Mail, with the newspaper reporting that Arsenal’s record signing is fed up and may even have played his last game for the club given he is currently out until 2015 with injury. “Mesut Ozil wants to quit Arsenal as soon as January and the Gunners are ready to do business,” the Mail reports. “Bayern Munich are lining up a bid of around £30million for Ozil.” Reporter Rob Shepherd adds: “The Germany star has grown increasingly unhappy at the Emirates, not least because he is not being played in his preferred forward floating role by Arsene Wenger.”
Paper Round’s view: If this report is indeed true then big questions will be asked over Wenger’s failure to get the best out of the extremely talented playmaker, who has only impressed in brief spells for the Gunners. Not playing Ozil as a No. 10 has been bizarre – but is it enough to force the player to leave halfway through the season? The Mail’s take seems a bit strong to us.