Arsenal director Josh Kroenke didn’t hold much back during his last interview after he confirmed that the club is planning to sell some of his big players when the summer’s transfer market reopens in the coming weeks.
According to Josh Kroenke, who’s the son of Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke, the club will be better for it on the long haul despite the concerns raised from his revelation that some key players would be sold before the start of the season. The revelation from Josh Kroenke has further thrown the future of Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil into doubt.
Ex-German international star Ozil and his agent have always maintained that the player will honour his existing contract until the summer of 2021 when it will expire. Ozil has previously been adamant that his long-term future will be at Arsenal despite the willingness of the club to get his expensive £350,000 weekly wages off the books especially during the Unai Emery era between 2018 and 2019.
Ozil hardly played consistently for Arsenal under Unai Emery but that has changed since the Spaniard left at the end of 2019. His regular appearance in the Arsenal XI under caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg and then new manager Mikel Arteta might not be enough to stop the hierarchy from sanctioning his sale this summer if they see a buyer for him.
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Mesut Ozil has serious interest from clubs in Turkey and the MLS (Major League Soccer). Let’s examine the top three replacements for him if he leaves Arsenal this summer.
1. Kai Havertz – The young German player will be a perfect replacement for his senior compatriot but that would depend on Arsenal and their financial power with the Bayer Leverkusen playmaker rated at around £85m at the moment. Premier League rivals Liverpool are also interested in him.
2. Jack Grealish – The 24-year-old has been one of the best playmakers in the Premier League this season following his impressive outings for Aston Villa who are battling relegation. Reports already claimed that Aston Villa have slapped a £70m price tag on him amidst the interest from another Premier League side Manchester United.
3. Emile Smith-Rowe – Arsenal have the option of promoting Academy graduate Emile Smith-Rowe into the Ozil position on the back of a successful loan spell at Huddersfield Town in the English Championship.