Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested that creative midfielder such as Mesut Ozil are disappearing from the game.
The 32-year-old was a surprise omission from when the Gunners’ Premier League and Europa League squads were announced last month as Mikel Arteta made a bold decision.
Plenty has been said about the decision with fans, former players, and the media alike split over what the Arsenal manager has done to Ozil.
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But for Wenger, he’s spotted the biggest change in football over the past decade which has ultimately affected Ozil’s importance to the north London outfit.
“I would say that the football of the last ten years has mostly “physicalized”. We went to the explosive beast and the power,” Wenger said, as per So Foot when asked if there’s room in modern-day football for players like Ozil. “At the same time, this increase in physical values created a much more compact defense.
“The distance between players in the defensive phase has decreased, resulting in less creative space.
“Thus, non-athletes were executed and expelled from the game.”
With that said, Wenger has proposed a change to the offside law which would help players like Ozil and perhaps help him earn a recall to the Arsenal squad.
“Football today suffers from a lack of creativity, artists have disappeared. I think a bit so that they don’t die,” Wenger added. “Perhaps a slightly more permissive offside law should be enacted to push back the defense again, so that creative players have more room to express themselves.”
Wenger was the Arsenal manager when Ozil signed his new £350,000-a-week contract and the Frenchman claimed it would have cost the Gunners £100m to find a replacement.
“I feel that the length of the contract has nothing to do normally with the selection of the team,” he…