Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has advised Mesut Ozil to leave Arsenal in order to win silverware.
The 28-year-old has picked up two FA Cup trophies since moving to the Emirates from Real Madrid in a £42.5m transfer in 2013, but the Premier League title has so far eluded him.
There are doubts over the midfielder’s long-term future at the North London outfit due to the ongoing saga regarding contract negotiations.
Ozil’s camp have been in talks with Arsenal for some time regarding a possible extension to his current deal, which expires at the end of the 2017-18 season.
According to The Mirror, the German World Cup winner is happy in London and is willing to pen fresh terms if they meet his £200,000-a-week salary demand, but Ballack may have given the midfielder food for thought.
The 40-year-old, who had spells at Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen during his playing career, believes that Ozil will have more chance of winning silverware at Bayern Munich than he will if he remains at Arsenal.
In an interview with Bild, Ballack said:
“If you are a top player in England, the cult around you is bigger than in Germany. You are treated more respectfully, especially. These are all reasons for an extension. But if he wants to win a major title, he has a bigger chance to achieve that at Bayern.”
Arsenal are still in contention for the FA Cup and the Champions League, but their hopes of winning a Premier League title are very slim.
They are currently 12 points adrift of leaders Chelsea and they face a battle to finish in the top four, with just five points separating second from sixth in the standings.