Paul Merson has urged Arsenal boss Unai Emery to make a change to his side by recalling Mesut Ozil.
The 30-year-old has completely fallen out of favour at the Emirates Stadium, with his future at the North London club looking extremely bleak.
He’s played just two games across all competitions this campaign and been overlooked for the 18-man squad in the last two consecutive Premier League matches.
The German attacking midfielder has never been renowned for his work-rate on the pitch and has always been a skilful playmaker that impacts matches at his own pace.
But he’s not done enough to convince Emery in training recently, with the likes of Joe Willock and Dani Ceballos moving ahead of him in the pecking order.
Sky Sports pundit Merson believes that it would be the right thing to do to recall Ozil after the international break, as he feels there are some excellent fixtures to exploit.
But he doesn’t believe that Emery will make the change, as he wants him to depart in January.
“It’s a big few weeks for them – and that’s why I would play Ozil. I personally think he’s their best player. In terms of ability and talent he’s the best player at the club,” Merson wrote in the Daily Star.
“He’s a luxury player, and the manager has obviously decided he can’t carry a player like that in a team that’s already one of the worst around without the ball.
“But 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.”
It would be a surprise to see Ozil back playing for the Gunners, especially when his teammates seem to be coping without him and are third in the Premier League table.
Arsenal face Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers in their next three league matches, before games against Leicester City Southampton and Norwich City.
Emery’s team could be flying towards the top end of the table if they come out of those matches with positive results and they have the attacking firepower to do so without the complication of Ozil’s return.