Joey Barton has told TalkSPORT on Friday (07:40am) that he would be playing Mesut Ozil at Arsenal if he was in Mikel Arteta’s shoes, rather than leaving the club’s highest-paid player on the sidelines.
Ozil, 31, failed to make a single appearance for Arsenal after the restart with a back injury supposedly ruling him out of the final 10 league games. He has entered the final 12 months of his contract at The Emirates.
However, the message from the player and his agent remains the same. He wants to stay at Arsenal and see out his £350,000-a-week contract with the Gunners, even if it means he will stay on the sidelines and struggle to play.
Asked what he would do if he was in Arteta’s shoes when it comes to the dilemma of Ozil, Fleetwood Town manager Barton stated he would take a different approach to the Spanish boss – and play him until he leaves.