Former Premier League striker and Arsenal fan Kevin Phillips reckons the Gunners must do everything in their power to get rid of Mesut Ozil in January.
The midfielder has become something of a problem of late in that Unai Emery has seen no reason to include him in his squad for the last four games.
His mysterious absences from recent squads have left fans very confused, with many frustrated due to the player’s huge £350,000-a-week wages (Telegraph).
Upon seeing the team struggling to fire on all cylinders in recent games, some have directed their anger towards Emery over the situation given Ozil’s status as a creative attacking midfielder.
In the eyes of Phillips, the messy situation should only go one way.
Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “For me, he goes – get rid. We all know on his day he’s one of the world’s best players, but we very rarely see it.
“I’m sure Unai Emery has tried to get the best out of him, but he’s probably given up now. He’d probably rather work with someone else who wants to play for Arsenal and get the best out of them.
“So if I’m an Arsenal player, and as an Arsenal supporter, I’d like to see him leave the club, move on, play for someone else, release the money and then we can invest it in two or three players who can perhaps progress Arsenal.”
Surely Arsenal will try their hardest to get Ozil out in January.
Clearly Emery has an issue with the player to be leaving him out, and his drain on the wage budget becomes much harder to ignore when he is out of the team.
A solution is needed, and January is the earliest opporunity one can be found – surely the club should be facilitating his exit, even if it means taking a big financial hit.
As Phillips says, the Gunners should be better for it as there will no longer be that elephant in the room.