All football fans realise Ozil is capable of virtuoso displays.
However, it’s the Emirates faithful who regularly have to endure his lackadaisical performances in big games.
Emery will need to make every penny count in the coming weeks as thriftiness becomes de rigueur in north London.
With transfer funds and space on the wage bill desperately needed, from a pure financial perspective, the sooner Ozil is packed off the better.
“Ozil has become a sad symbol of Arsenal’s recent malaise”
Ozil has become a sad symbol of Arsenal’s recent malaise.
Not good enough, in possession of a soft underbelly, and costing far too much money.
The ex-Real Madrid man has already caused issues behind the scenes with his mammoth pay packet.
His £350,000-a-week salary meant Aaron Ramsey wanted almost the same.
Arsenal didn’t have the resources or inclination to oblige and now the Welshman will don Juventus’ famous black and white next term.
Ozil’s salary is only going to give Arsenal’s accountants more headaches during this transfer window.
Prospective signings, particularly those in the world-class bracket, will invariably point to Ozil’s haul and demand the same or thereabouts.
Why wouldn’t they? He’s little more than a squad player these days but sill commands a bank-busting pay cheque.
Arsenal’s big problem is who will take the misfiring 30-year-old?
Only a handful of elite clubs can afford him – even on loan.
This situation isn’t Ozil’s fault. The blame lies far higher up the hierarchy with a stark lack of leadership where it counts.
Ozil, by all accounts, is a model professional and tremendous brand ambassador for Arsenal.
Earlier this week, him and his wife to-be – Amine Gulse – paid for 1,000 children to have surgery.
It was a remarkable gesture from the experienced star who previously donated his 2014 World Cup winnings to charity.
Ozil’s generosity will live long in the memory and transcends football.
But Emery must decide if Ozil is truly the man to carry his side forward on the pitch – and quickly.