Arsene Wenger has urged Mikel Arteta to get Mesut Ozil involved in the Arsenal team again, during an interview with BBC Sport.
The German hasn’t featured for the Gunners since March and has fallen way out of contention under the Spanish boss.
Wenger signed Ozil from Real Madrid in 2014 for a substantial £42.4 million, a fee which at the time was a club-record for Arsenal.
The 31-year-old has constantly divided opinion during his time at the Emirates Stadium and even now he’s still continuing to do so.
Wenger is Arsenal’s greatest manager of all time and he feels that there should still be room for Ozil to shine at the football club.
He told BBC Sport: I feel it is a waste for him.
“Firstly because he’s in the years where a player of his talent can produce the most. And it’s a waste for the club as well because he’s a super talent, a creative talent that in the final third can create a killer pass.
“The way football is going at the moment it’s quick counter-pressing, quick transitions and everybody plays the same. It’s kicked out players like Ozil. Although let’s not forget who this guy is. A world champion who has played for Real Madrid.
“He’s been the record player of assists, so you have to find a way to get him involved again.”
It does seem unlikely that Ozil will earn a reprieve under Arteta, with the boss preferring other players in his position.
The player earns £350,000-a-week at the Emirates and just last week he was left out of Arteta’s 25-man squad for Arsenal’s Europa League campaign.
Ozil has 92 caps for his country and won the World Cup with the Germany national team before his retirement from international football.
Arsenal have tried and failed to offload Ozil, with the player seemingly holding a desire to see out his contract for another year.
Wenger is in no doubt as to what the Gunners should do with the Arsenal fringer player.