Arsene Wenger spoke about the modern transfer market and player contracts last night but could what he said be applied to Mesut Ozil.
Wenger spoke after wining the Lifetime Achievement award at the Laureus World Sports Awards. He spoke openly of how players now run down their own contracts to enable themselves to get a cut of the fee.
'When you start supporting a football club, you don't support it because of the trophies, or a player, or history, you support it because you found yourself somewhere there; found a place where you belong.' 🙏🏼 || #DennisBergkamp pic.twitter.com/kKM8kDhm8T
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) February 15, 2019
Talking of signing players on long contracts Wenger said:
“Most of the time now we think when we sign a player for five years we have a good player for five years. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they practise, they play their best. Because they might be in their comfort zone.”
Ozil recently signed a contract extension which saw his wages rise to £350,000 a week upon till 2021.
Is Ozil in his comfort zone?
"He has a contract but the problem is that if you want to buy a player like him you have to spend £100m."
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 19, 2019
Despite that he has only made two appearances this year for The Gunners as a sub and last started for Arsenal on boxing day.
Wenger was the manager who brought Ozil to the club and oversaw his £350,000 a week contract extension.
At the Q&A Wenger was asked about his former player and what his thoughts were which he declined to give, but from what Le Professeur has said about long term contracts it seems pretty clear that he is hinting towards motivation being a problem for the German playmaker since receiving his record breaking deal.