Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has been one of the most controversial figures in the Premier League over the past few years and that has been partly due to his consistently below average performance for the Gunners. The scrutiny on him increased the moment he became the most expensive player (in terms of weekly wages) in the history of the club two years ago.
The Turkish-born German player penned a three-year deal worth £350,000 weekly in 2018 and that contract will expire next summer. It is safe to say that majority of the Arsenal fans are sure that Ozil has not lived up to the expectations associated with his huge salary.
Despite his inability to produce top performances for Arsenal on a consistent basis as their major playmaker, Mesut Ozil has always reiterated that he will see out his present contract at the club meaning that the Gunners need to start making plans for his replacement.
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A candidate that most Arsenal fans didn’t think about is young attacker Bukayo Saka who has been very impressive for his club this season at the age of just 18. His quality this season has shown that he could be the man to take the playmaking mantle at the Emirates Stadium as from the summer of 2021 when Ozil leaves the club at the end of his current deal.
Bukayo Saka has not only shown quality as the Arsenal Academy graduate has also been versatile. He has played left-back on several occasions this season due to the injury problems with left-sided fullbacks Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney.
Young Arsenal star Saka shone at left-back and his performances have attracted interest from rivals like Liverpool and Manchester United as he has one year left on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium though he’s likely to sign a contract extension.
He has four goals and eight assists in all competitions this season to show that he has the quality to become the major playmaker at Arsenal. No Arsenal player has created more goals this season.