Sherwood: Mesut Ozil is Arsenal’s ‘only chance of getting in the top four’

Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood thinks that Mesut Ozil is Arsenal’s only chance of finishing in the top four this season.

Arsenal moved heaven and earth to keep Ozil at the Emirates last season, smashing their own wage structure by making him the highest paid player in the clubs history, where he picks up a princely £350,000-a-week.

However, Ozil has seemingly not impressed new Gunners boss Unai Emery, who has afforded the retired Germany international just 14 appearances in the Premier League this season – that’s less than Aaron Ramsey who has confirmed he is leaving at the end of the season.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate, former Spurs midfielder Tim Sherwood says that Emery needs to start playing the playmaker soon, as he represents the Gunners only chance of securing Champions League football.

“He can’t do anything right in Unai Emery’s mind at the moment. For me, he has to play. I would play him. I’d get the best out of him because of what they have at their disposal,” Sherwood said.

“I don’t think they’ve got the quality of Mesut Ozil. He needs to play and it’s up to the manager to get the best out of him. You’re paying him £350,000 a week, to do what? To do nothing. It’s a glorified Fitness First. It’s no good.

“They need to get him on the pitch and playing for Arsenal because it’s their only chance of getting towards the top four.”

Arsenal are currently one point behind fourth-placed Manchester United, although the Red Devils have recently overhauled what was an eight-point gap between the two sides.

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