If Ozil can’t cut it, Arsenal should swoop for Fekir

Arsenal should consider making a move for Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir in the summer if Mesut Ozil fails to embrace Unai Emery’s system amid reports from The Mirror that the German World Cup winner has been told to work harder.

What’s the word?

Ozil has not had the smoothest ride at Arsenal since his 2013 switch from Real Madrid.

The midfielder has often been accused of going missing in big games, and now it appears that he is struggling to fit into Emery’s high-pressing system.

After being substituted with 20 minutes left of the Gunners’ 3-2 defeat to Chelsea, Ozil did not make the team for Saturday’s 3-1 win over West Ham United.

The Mirror reports that the midfielder has been informed that he needs to improve otherwise he will struggle to keep a place in the lineup.

Should Arsenal be looking at alternatives?

At the end of the season if Ozil has not adapted to Emery’s system, then the club should be considering whether a personnel change is needed.

If Emery decides to jump into the market, then he should try to cut a deal for Lyon star Nabil Fekir.

The France international was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool in the summer, but a previous knee injury prevented the Reds from going through with a deal.

The 25-year-old, who is valued at £54m by Transfermarkt, would provide Arsenal with versatility as he can play as a number 10, on the right and up front if needs be.

Fekir has power, speed and technical ability that would benefit Arsenal, and he has the work ethic that would suit Emery’s intense style.