What the experts have said about linked-away Mesut Ozil

Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil could leave the club this summer.

A report from the Daily Mirror on Tuesday claimed that the club are keen to offload both the Germany international and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the next window.

Indeed, manager Unai Emery has shown no desire to ensure the playmaker is a key part of his side at the Emirates Stadium.

He has played just 18 games in the Premier League this season, completing 90 minutes just seven times.

What are the experts saying about Ozil’s possible departure, though? Take a look below!

Pat Nevin – Former Chelsea player and pundit

Nevin, speaking in December, told BBC Radio Five Live, via the Daily Express:

“Mesut Ozil is a fabulous player but it’s not as dynamic when he’s playing. If you take him out of it, they’re more dynamic which gets the fans up – which can help the players.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he moved on.

“The right time for him to move was last time. His value has decreased.”

Nevin is right to draw attention to the way Arsenal play when Ozil is in the team.

He is much like Wayne Rooney was for England during their years of underachievement – everything is funnelled through the Germany international at the Emirates and, if he has an off night, Arsenal tend to lose.

They would not miss that if Ozil departed.

Steve Claridge – BBC pundit

Speaking in February, Claridge expressed his frustration with Arsenal’s current stance on the Germany international, telling BBC Radio Five Live, via the Daily Express:

“Mesut Ozil is never going to run around. Out of possession, he’s never going to go and get the ball back.

“So you either build the team around him, you make it all about him and his creativity, or you say he’s not the right fit for the team.

“We’re on the fence all the time, but it’s one of the two. Arsenal have to pick. Make your mind up, one way or another.”

Emery appears to have made his mind up.

His management of Ozil this season suggests that he does not rate him anywhere near as highly as Arsene Wenger did.

A transfer seems an inevitability, and Claridge may well get his wish.

Tim Sherwood – Ex-Tottenham Hotspur boss

Speaking of Ozil’s future in January on The Debate, via Football London, Sherwood urged Emery to find a way to get Ozil back onside.

“Surely he has to get Ozil on side? He’s one of his best players. You can’t burn bridges with a player who is on £350,000 a week and is sitting there doing nothing.

“You have to get him on side and get him on the pitch and do his best to make the team better. Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira are good at what they do, but they cannot see the pass like Ozil.

“Get him on side again, talk to him, get your arm around tell, him he what he needs to be told, even if you mean it or you don’t, you tell him and make him feel like he’s the main man, because Ozil on form is better than anything Arsenal have got.”

Sherwood is right to draw attention to the ridiculous wages that Ozil is earning.

One would suggest that the Gunners might be best off allowing the playmaker to move on, just shifting him off the wage bill.

But the former Spurs manager comes at the transfer from an interesting angle and he may well be right that he is the best option Emery has.