THE money men would have a £350,000-a-week footballer in the team every time.
The marketing department, keen to strengthen the Arsenal brand around the world by flogging Mesut Ozil shirts, would agree.
Reuters7 Mesut Ozil might struggle to regain a regular place with Arsenal as manager Unai Emery shows he is now afraid to make big decisions
The manager does not.
Unai Emery, quietly making his mark at Arsenal with this 20-game unbeaten run, is doing just fine without him.
This is high-risk management, with Emery showing an iron will by ignoring the claims of Arsenal’s luxury item.
The poor little lamb is currently nursing a back strain, the sort of excuse that forces Gunners’ officials to place a hand over their mouth to stifle giggles whenever the mysterious injury gets a mention.
EPA7 Unai Emery has guided the Gunners to a 20-game unbeaten run and shown they do not need meek midfielder Mesut Ozil
PA:Press Association7 Mesut Ozil has increasingly struggled this term – following on from his poor World Cup with Germany
Ozil’s mood swings have not been missed.
Arsenal’s players have moved on without him, tightening the bond on the pitch with their 4-2 victory over Tottenham and the 2-2 draw up at Manchester United on Wednesday.
Emery is in the ascendency, gaining the approval of this highly strung Arsenal squad during a long unbeaten run.
The Spanish boss can afford to be choosy because he inherited this complex character when he succeeded Arsene Wenger last summer.
Ozil was indulged by the previous regime, trading off the memories of his spell with Real Madrid and a World Cup winner’s medal with Germany in 2014.