Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson thinks manager Unai Emery is looking to move on Mesut Ozil after having left him out of the last three matchday squads.
The Sky Sports pundit believes the 30-year-old is still the club’s best player, but despite the Gunners playing teams in the lower half of the table over the coming weeks, he doesn’t think Emery will pick the playmaker:
“With these games coming up, Arsenal are going to have 70% of the possession. He thrives in those situations. Unai Emery should bring him in from the cold. But he won’t.”
“If he plays Ozil and they win, he has to keep playing him, and the manager doesn’t want that. The manager wants him out. And if that’s the plan then they are going to have to swallow a pill and get rid of him in January come what may.”
The official explanation coming out of the club is that Ozil is being overlooked as other players are simply showing Emery more on the training pitch.
With the German midfielder’s talent, it does seem unlikely that would be the only reason why he has been left out. A move in January appears more and more likely but it’s difficult to know who would be prepared to take on the player’s sizeable wages.
Reports in Turkey suggest Fenerbahce would be interested, but they are unlikely to have the funds required to take on Ozil’s salary.