The year is 2245 and historians are still trying to figure out how Arsenal failed to make the best out of Mesut Ozil.
The German is proving to be a very expensive conundrum at the Emirates that Unai Emery doesn’t seem that bothered about getting to the bottom of.
If your highest paid player cannot even make the squad for your most embarrassing European night then something has gone badly wrong.
How on earth have Arsenal managed to create the situation where the Premier League’s best creator is stagnating on their bench, all while paying him £350,000-a-week to do so?
After being left out of the squad completely for Arsenal’s catastrophe against BATE in the Europa League it was clear that Emery and Ozil’s relationship was at rock bottom.
It wasn’t the first time that Emery has shaded his supposed star man this season either.
With the now infamous ‘illness’ that preceded Emery saying Ozil wasn’t physical enough to play against Bournemouth.
Let’s not get it twisted, Ozil is an incredible footballer.
Most professional players would do anything for a drop of his vision and his touch is magnetic.
He’s won the World Cup with Germany and is the only player to top the assists chart in Germany, Spain and England.
But Arsenal now find themselves with an unanswerable conundrum.
The club cannot afford to continue to pay his eye-watering wages while he barely makes the squad.
Yet it is almost impossible to send him out on loan because there are very few clubs that would be able to match the salary Arsenal agreed to pay him in January.
In terms of a permanent move, which elite clubs would pay a large transfer fee for Ozil after seeing what has become of him at the Emirates?
And finally, the player himself is in no rush to move on.
I mean, why would he be when he has just been handed a contract until 2021 as the highest paid player in the Premier League?
With poachers like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette up front, Ozil should be racking up assists like they are going out of fashion this season.
Instead Emery has a system which doesn’t afford either the ‘luxury’ of having Ozil floating between the lines or a real position for him.
Even so, what must Ozil be thinking as he watched the Gunners lose to a Belarussian side in the Europa League?
The whole situation is another example of Arsenal somehow managing to butcher what should be their best asset.
Letting Aaron Ramsey leave to Juventus for free, Sven Mislintat walking out on the club after he was basically ignored by Emery and now Ozil.
We’ll gloss over Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri, Gale Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Emmanuel Adebayor etc.
The fans are bitterly divided over Ozil and it doesn’t look like he’s really got a future under Emery.
But in years to come they will look back at this time and wonder just how Arsenal wasted one of the best passers of a football in the world.
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