In the fallout of Mesut Ozil’s £42.6 million move to the Emirates, there was a mixed reaction to just what impact the German’s transfer would have on all parties involved.
For Arsenal, the deal is obviously something to be overjoyed about, adding one of the finest playmakers in the land to their ranks and increasing the chances of returning to trophy-laden prosperity.
Sergio Ramos even labelled Ozil, “One of the last players I would sell,” demonstrating just how valuable he was to one of the world’s biggest clubs.
However, one other external party reacted well to the news. Germany head coach Joachim Loew, despite describing the sale as “incomprehensible,” sees it as a major positive for his side heading into a World Cup year.
According to Neil McLeman of the Mirror, Loew feels the transfer will bring Ozil’s development on, saying:
Ozil’s Arsenal move will be a good transfer for the national team because he will play for a team which has an overall great technique - that is good for him.
He has a top coach there and, with Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker, he has two German colleagues. Mesut is a sensitive player who still needs to feel as though he has complete confidence from his club and coach.
The German manager’s comments on player value are especially pertinent in a case such as this. In Ozil’s place, Real Madrid announced a massive signing of their own, breaking the world record in order to bring Gareth Bale to the club, a superstar talent in his own right.
The problem with having such a star-studded cast is distributing the necessary affection between so many big personalities can often prove untenable for a manager.
At the Bernabeu, Ozil has forever played second fiddle to another, namely Cristiano Ronaldo. While doing so for arguably the best player in the world is no small feat for any star, it still doesn’t make for the best outcome for a team.
Jonathan Harding feels differently about the manager's need to comment, however:
Loew's comments about #Ozil's transfer are needless. They are not helping him in his ability to manage Die Mannschaft.— Jonathan Harding (@JonBloggs66) September 5, 2013
At the Emirates, Ozil will now take centre stage as both the catalyst and the end product at times, the source through which all things will be expected to flow.
At Borussia Dortmund, Marco Reus, Mats Hummels and, formerly, Mario Goetze were looked at as the leaders of the team and subsequently saw their international form rise as a result of their club prominence.
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For Bayern Munich, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Mueller have grown to establish and maintain their places as stars of Der FCB’s squad, doing just the same when linking up with Loew’s side.
Of course, Loew is correct in praising the Gunners’ style of play, too, as while silverware may not have been in abundance for the club of late, Arsene Wenger has always maintained a strict and productive technique.
With the likes of Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere all now looking up at 24-year-old Ozil as the creative centrepiece, Germany are set to reap the benefits just as much, if not more than Arsenal.