In recent days, the transfer rumour mill has been swirling despite the transfer window only slamming shut a few weeks ago.

This time, Arsenal’s No.11 Mesut Ozil finds himself on the end of those rumours, with Premier League title chasers Manchester United being linked with a move for the German international, according to the Mirror.

Scapegoat?

Despite Ozil having had a productive four seasons so far in the English capital, the German seems pretty fed up of being the scapegoat when the team aren’t producing to the best of their capabilities and looks as if his time under Arsene Wenger at the Emirates could be over, with interest from up north in Manchester.

Having only scored 32 goals in 164 games for Arsenal, for a player of Ozil’s quality, is pretty poor by his standards. The attacking midfielder has never really been known for his goalscoring capabilities, but if he was to start making those late runs into the box to attack crosses, something which Jose Mourinho has appeared to instruct his attacking midfielders Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to do at Old Trafford, may well see the 86-time German international score plenty for his former manager if he was to make the move to Manchester.

Contract Stalemate

With the 28 year-old having refused to sign a new contract at the end of last season, and his current contract expiring next summer, all the factors seem to point towards Ozil looking for the exit door at the Emirates Stadium, the same door that Alexis Sanchez failed to walk through this summer despite late speculation of a move to United’s city rivals, Manchester City.

The System

At Real Madrid, Ozil was used in a more dynamic role, switching between roles during games in order to create chances and make things happen. Whereas Arsenal, he seems to be stationary, remaining in the hole with rare forays out to the wings, a system which doesn’t make great use of his great crossing ability on his left foot.

At Arsenal, the German has had to make do with creating chances for players such as Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and now Alexandre Lacazette, with Giroud now being an impact player at the Emirates, Sanchez being a shadow of his former self from seasons gone and Lacazette being in and out of the side during his first season. Whereas, a switch to Old Trafford will see him laying on the passes for Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, two of the world’s most prolific strikers when on form, in a system where he will be allowed to dictate proceedings under his former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, who signed the player for Real Madrid in 2010.

With time slowly running down on Ozil’s contract, and Arsene Wenger still remaining pivotal as to whether the German stays or goes at the Emirates, this transfer saga is one that could run for months. So, Arsenal fans: Do you think it’s best for Ozil to stay or go? And to all you Manchester United fans: Would you welcome Ozil into your side? And if so, where would you use him?

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