Arsenal legend believes that Ozil must have a prominent role at Mikel Arteta’s team.
has been completely overlooked by
in the current season as he was dropped from the team’s Premier League and Europa League squad lists and has not played a match for the Gunners since March 2020. The German midfielder has been linked with a move toFenerbahce
in the current transfer window as his contract will expire in the summer. However, Ian Wright believes that Ozil must be given a role in Arteta’s inconsistent team.
“It's so sad, Mesut needs to be playing,
“Whatever people say about how he plays and what's happened, I'm really f*cking upset with the people who are continually talking about his money. Money that we paid him. Money that no one in their right mind is going to turn down. Money that for him and his ability at the time and what he was supposedly going to do for us - he was worth that to us.
“OK, it's not worked out how it should have, but Mesut is very much within his right to do what he's doing and it still pains me to know that we've had a player of that calibre and ability and we've not been able to get what we need to get out of him. For him to perform.
“We've not been able to do it, whatever the manager, they've got to, somewhere along the line they've got to take that on board as well. Because that ability should be playing, and I hope he does get to play.”
Asked aboutEmile Smith Rowe
as a potential creative No.10 for Arsenal, Wright responded:
“He's [Smith Rowe’s] quality. Top drawer. He is a real player.
“He's literally one of the only players we have in the squad who plays on the half-turn.”