Ian Wright has urged his old club Arsenal not to sell divisive playmaker Mesut Ozil this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.
Ozil had another underwhelming season at the Emirates Stadium, and his continued presence always provokes debate – and now Wright has weighed in.
He said: “I’m not for selling someone like Mesut Ozil because Mesut Ozil is the kind of player you want in your team. People can say whatever they want. The amount of chances that he is making on a regular basis, he’s top in all five European leagues.
“Whether that’s Arsenal not getting the best out of him or people not taking the chances, he’s still creating them. I have no problem with Mesut Ozil earning what he is earning, because at the end of the day you need players around him that can bring the best out of him as well.”
The big question for a manager as intense as Unai Emery is how he can either get Ozil to raise himself to the levels he demands or find a role in the team which gets the best out of him.
But it’s a similar issue at Manchester United with Paul Pogba – another player who is a cut above talent-wise from his team-mates but isn’t putting the effort in.
Would getting better team-mates make Ozil play better or does he need to be shipped out to at least create a benchmark level of commitment?