Mesut Ozil isn't having a great time at Arsenal these days, and is a long way off the glory days of making assists for fun at the Emirates.
Frozen out by manager Mikel Arteta, it looks like the 32-year-old's time in north London will be coming to an end in the near future.
However, it wasn't always like this. For example, in the 2015/16 campaign he picked up a pretty impressive 19 assists in 35 Premier League matches - which is particularly relevant given Arsenal's struggles with creativity this season.
As a result, Talksport pundit Adrian Durham isn't so sure that the World Cup winner should be wiped from the Gunners' history. He even thinks that he may be the modern player who is most deserving of a statue outside the Emirates.
:speaking_head:️ "A special finish from a top player"
With Mesut Ozil seemingly on his way out of Arsenal - it is easy to forget just how good he has been :muscle: pic.twitter.com/PZqdVhFr10
- Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 7, 2021
He said on Wednesday: "There's no doubt that he's talented and I think he's been a little bit unlucky and I do feel a bit sorry for him.
"I am genuinely emotional about this because I expected a lot more.
"When he signed in 2013 I expected a lot more. It was the same summer [Gareth] Bale left to go to Real Madrid and Arsenal thought 'well Spurs have lost their best player and we're getting one of the best players in the world and there's only one thing that's going to happen from here. We're on the way up and they're on the way down.' It didn't quite work out like that.
"Wenger was finished and went on far too long at Arsenal. Unai Emery didn't really have a clue. This is a guy who didn't even win the title with Paris Saint-Germain.
Remember this goal like it happened yesterday, Özil was head and shoulders above everyone...Class goal from him. :heart_eyes: pic.twitter.com/e3GNTPvH99
- Dave ♂️ (@DammitArsenal) January 6, 2021
"Arteta basically gave up on Mesut Ozil. He's not had support from managers who were good enough to get the best out of him.
"However, what I find amazing, having a proper look on social media I've found genuine Arsenal fans who talk properly about football. It's not like AFTV and all that nonsense, it's proper football talk and they are calling him a legend.
"Mesut Ozil - they are referring to him as an Arsenal legend. There's loads of them talking about Mesut Ozil as an Arsenal legend.
Premier League records held by Mesut Özil:
- most assists in a calendar year (20)
- most consecutive games with an assist (7)
- most chances created in a season (146)
- most chances created in a game (12)
- highest scoring German (32)
- highest assisting German (52) pic.twitter.com/3rlY7tqC0F
- MÖS (@MesutOzilStats) January 7, 2021
"In the Emirates era has there been a more talented player loved by the fans? Does he deserve recognition in the form of a statue or is that going too far?
"If you look at the best players in the Emirates era, I'd throw Theo Walcott into the mix, Robin van Persie, but the fans don't like him, Cesc Fabregas but the Arsenal fans don't like him.
"Aaron Ramsey is more of a cult figure than a legend but in terms of the most talented players at the football club that the fans like Wilshere possibly but do they match up to Mesut Ozil?
"Is he the best in the Emirates era? Does he deserve a statue?"
What do you think?
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