SANTI CAZORLA’s departure from Arsenal in 2018 was the reason Mesut Özil was ‘never the same’ at the Emirates, his agent has claimed.
The pair played side by side in north London for five years before Cazorla was released at the end of the 2017/18 season.
The Spanish icon did not even play in his last season in England due to injury, although his absence from the team is said to have had a major impact on Ozil’s game.
Özil scored a career-best 12 goals in 2016/17, the last season he played for Cazorla.
He never found the back of the net more than six times in a single campaign until leaving Arsenal for Fenerbahce in January 2021 after falling out of favor under Mikel Arteta.
Commenting on how Cazorla’s departure affected Özil, the German’s agent, Erkut Sogut, told AFTV: “He had Santi for a while and he loved him.
“I think probably one of his favorite players. Mesut is a smart, intelligent player, he reads the game and is always looking.
“He loves to play with intelligent players.
“If you’re a number 10, the one in front of you and the one behind you, a good striker and a good number 6 who cleans everything up and sees you and plays you the ball so you can give that last pass.
“Santi is very smart, very intelligent and has great technique and that suited Mesut very much to have him behind him.
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“When Santi left you saw that it wasn’t like that anymore, it changed immediately.”
Özil has been indefinitely banned from the Fenerbahce squad over an alleged ‘verbal altercation’ with provisional Ismail Kartal.
After his Arsenal stint turned into a nightmare, his time in Turkey has now turned sour as well.
But it came as no surprise to his former team-mate Nacho Monreal, who stated Ozil has “issues with everyone” at Arsenal.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5013819/arsenal-mesut-ozil-santi-cazorla-agent/ Mesut Ozil’s agent reveals why he was ‘never the same’ at Arsenal after Santi Cazorla left