End Of The Road For Mesut Ozil? 4 Possible January Destinations For The Arsenal Outcast
Mesut Ozil looks to have been handed a one-way ticket out of the Emirates after Arsenal manager Unai Emery failed to include the German in his squad for the Tottenham game, due to 'tactical reasons'.
It's another damning dagger to the heart of Ozil's future at Arsenal, with the German completely falling out of favour with the Spanish boss, who opted not to include the player at all for Wednesday's League Cup clash, which sends a clear message that he's no longer part of his plans.
"Tactical decision. Only tactical," said Emery when asked why Ozil wasn't part of the match day squad for the North London encounter.
Ozil, who earns in excess of £300k a week, has now played only twice since early November, with his only Premier League appearance during that time frame a 20 minute cameo against Southampton last weekend as Arsenal suffered their first defeat in 23 games.
So, what next for the playmaker, who on his day is up there with the best in the game?
The January transfer window swings open in a couple of weeks, and there will no doubt be a catalogue of clubs scrambling around for his signature.
Ozil can currently be backed at a tempting looking 11/2 to leave Arsenal next month, while it's Man Utd who are the 9/1 favourites to snap him up, in what could be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first signing as the club's interim manager. United are crying out for some creativity and panache, and Ozil could be just the ticket.
How about a switch to Italy for the first time in his career? Ozil has played in Germany, Spain, and England, but he can be backed at 10/1 to dart over to Inter Milan for a real change of scenary.
Staying in Serie A for a second, Italian giants Juventus are an outside shot at 25/1, in a switch that would see Ozil reunite with his former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo who is loving life in Turin.
Bayern Munich are also in the frame, just about at 18/1, which would be Ozil's third German team following spells at Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen at the start of his career.
Could have been dressed up as another injury, but Emery clearly wanted this out there.