Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has revealed that it is easy for manager Unai Emery to drop Mesut Ozil because he is not his player.
Ozil has been an outstanding playmaker since joined the Gunners in 2013 from Real Madrid in a then-club-record £42.4m fee.
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“They’re not just rumours. Unai Emery has suggested to Mesut Ozil that it would be best for him to leave the club.”
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But since Emery took over from Arsene Wenger last summer, the German star has fallen out of favour.
The 30-year-old, who recently signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract worth £350,000-a-week, has been repeatedly dropped by the Spanish boss for some big games.
And Merson believes decision for Emery to drop him is easier than it seems because he is not his player.
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“Ozil’s not his player,” Merson told Sky Sports’ The Debate.
“He can play his joker. He can say ‘I’m leaving you out’ and people will go ‘Phwoar, he means business’.”
“The problem is when he does [buy] a big-game player and they’re not performing, will he be able to leave that player out?”
“This is easy with Ozil because he’s not his player.”
Merson has also revealed that he really like Emery and has insisted that the Spaniard is missing world class defenders in his team.
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“This is Arsenal. One minute they’re great and the next minute they could end up getting beat to a team in the bottom half of the table,” the Sky Sports pundit added.
“I like the manager, I do like the manager. I think Arsene was blessed when he first come in.”
“He had an unbelievable back four and an unbelievable goalie. This man hasn’t got that – he’s got great attacking players, but hasn’t got defenders. A lot of them are not good enough.”
The Gunners return to action on Friday night when they host Manchester United in their FA Cup fourth-round clash.