Arsenal legend Ian Wright has said that Unai Emery should restore Mesut Ozil to the side, insisting that he is one of the best players at the club.
Arsenal moved heaven and earth to keep Ozil at the club last summer, smashing their wage structure to keep him at the Emirates by making him the highest paid player in their history with a deal worth a reported £350,000-a-week.
Since joining the North London outfit from Real Madrid in 2013, Ozil has long been one of the top talents in the Premier League, with his record of 30 goals and 51 assists in the Premier League highlighting the quality he is capable of producing.
However, with his work rate having always come under scrutiny, he has been ejected from the Arsenal first-team by Unai Emery, featuring in just 14 league games for the Gunners this season. He was an unused substitute in the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, with Denis Suarez and Aaron Ramsey being preferred – despite the latter being set to move to Juventus in the summer.
The defeat at the Etihad left Arsenal down in sixth in the table, as they look to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in three years, and club legend Ian Wright is flabbergasted that Ozil is being overlooked by Unai Emery.
“What’s going to happen to Ozil? We’re looking at somebody who can’t get into games for tactical reasons and for some other instances. City, he didn’t even get on the pitch,” Wright told BBC Radio 5Live.
“Some games he’s not even getting into the squad.”
Asked if he would be inclined to sell the former Germany international, Wright said that Unai Emery should find a way to incorporate the playmaker, insisting that he is ‘one of the best players’ at the club.
“It’s not a question if I would sell him. Of course I wouldn’t sell him!
“He’s one of the best players we’ve got. I would try and find a way to get him in [the side].
“Especially now we need the creativity. Arsenal need somebody to create something. Play him.
“I would rather see him play against Manchester City and be a passenger so everyone can say, ‘Look, he was right he’s a passenger’, than him not play and Arsenal not have no creativity.”