Former midfielder Emmanuel Petit has revealed that Mesut Ozil may have lost his motivation to play football due to his achievement throughout his career.
The German playmaker’s future at the Emirates has been under scrutiny since Unai Emery took over from Arsene Wenger in the summer.
Arsenal are reportedly willing to pay some of Mesut Ozil’s wages if it means they can offload him.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 17, 2019
Ozil has repeatedly been dropped by the Spanish manager in recent months and the former PSG boss wants the former Germany international sold to free up funds for new signings.
Meanwhile, the former Real Madrid playmaker is Arsenal’s highest-paid player earning £375,000-per-week.
The former Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen ace’s situation is causing internal problems at the North London side and results on the pitch are being affected.
But Petit believes the German has lost motivation to play because the number of trophies he’s won so far from different clubs.
David Ornstein on Mesut Özil:
“They’re not just rumours. Unai Emery has suggested to Mesut Ozil that it would be best for him to leave the club.”
— Cannon Insider (@CannonInsider) January 17, 2019
“A player losing his motivation happens a lot,” Petet told The Mirror. “We are not robots. Sometimes you get into a new season and it’s just not the same.”
“It’s very difficult to play at the same level all of the time.”
“If you earn so much money, have already won so many titles and, on top of that, if you have problems in your private life.”
“I don’t know what’s going on in his life, but I can see what’s going on out on the pitch and his body language is not good.”
“It’s a great shame because I hope he can do something not just for himself but also for the club.”
Reports have been recently suggested that the 30-year-old is considering Chinese Super League move.
Atletico Madrid have reportedly made an offer to Arsenal for out-of-favour Mesut Ozil.
The bid for the midfielder is said to be £18m. pic.twitter.com/Gb65jNdGHV
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And Petit has told Ozil that ending his career in China would be insulting to the German’s talents.
Petit added: “It’s January. In two weeks’ time, the market is closed.”
“I don’t see him leaving the club. Where would he go? To China? Honestly. You want to see Ozil finish his career in China?”
“I’ve nothing against China, but for a player like Ozil, that cannot happen.”
“I think the club needs Ozil, Ozil needs to understand that and he must get over his frustration and try to fight until the end. To somehow save his pride.”