Arsenal’s season-long target, Sami Khedira, is set to ignore Arsene Wenger’s efforts to bring him to London due to what he sees as a failure of his erstwhile Madrid and German teammate, Mesut Ozil’s stay with the club until now.
Khedira is on the Gunners manager’s top list for the coming transfer window and is believed to have marked down the 27 year old midfielder as a priority signing in January. However, Khedira will not be interested in replicating the struggles Ozil has had to reinvent his World-Class form since moving to the Emirates.
Wenger played no small role in ensuring that Ozil made the choice of Arsenal in September 2013, after speaking to him on phone and convincing him of his plans for him and the club for the future. It seems not have quite materialized according to how both may have expected, though the cradle days of Ozil’s Arsenal career was nothing short of outstanding, delivering a clever assist with almost his first touch in an Arsenal shirt. A dip in form followed towards the Christmas period, reaching its peak in the first leg of the Champions League Round-of-16 game at home to Bayern Munich in which he missed a 10 minute penalty at a point when all the momentum was with the Gunners. A mid-term injury lay off followed, after which he returned to play an indifferent role in the FA Cup final win at Wembley against Hull City in May.
This season hasn’t got any better either for the keen-eyed German as he’s had to play from the wings, giving him limited access to be a true influence on games. Two assists and one goal in nearly a dozen games do not make for good reading for a player of his quality and the rate at which his ratings have pummeled within the last eleven months may be the red signal for Khedira to be hesitant about making the move.
There have been suggestions that the struggle of Arsenal’s big stars may stir a reluctance in other stars to join the club, and that could be the situation with Khedira. Reliant on a system which has failed to develop for years, any true World Class star would suffer in this team as long as we keep to the way we have played. If it is true that Mats Hummels prefer to come to London over Manchester, would he be so ready to be the only one to face an advancing army of counter attackers when his full backs have bombed forward with reckless abandon?
As Ozil must be with Wenger playing him out of position, any top player coming to Arsenal will have to face the reality of something about his origins being trampled and tampered with, if not by the manager, it would be from the general second-rate nature of the other 10 who surround him.
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