Arsenal must keep Barcelona target Mesut Ozil, says Ray Parlour

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour says Arsene Wenger needs to keep Mesut Özil and strengthen his squad in the summer

Arsenal club-record signing Mesut Özil Photo: Adidas

Ray Parlour says Arsenal must keep Barcelona target Mesut Ozil and strengthen in the summer.

The Germany international has been linked with a return to La Liga amid interest from the Catalan side ahead of this summer’s transfer window.

Wenger needs to keep every single player he’s got in that squad and really strengthen in the summer

Ray Parlour

Ozil has struggled to maintain his form throughout the Premier League campaign after a £42.5m move from Real Madrid in September.

But former Arsenal midfielder Parlour stressed that Arsene Wenger needs to retain his best players and backed Ozil to improve next season.

“Arsenal fans haven’t seen the best of Ozil,” Parlour told TalkSport.

“Everyone got a big lift when he came to the club. The Arsenal fans would be a little bit surprised if he left straight away.

“Wenger needs to keep every single player he’s got in that squad and really strengthen in the summer.

“Arsenal need to buy two forwards and a holding midfielder if they’re going to have any chance of winning the Premier League title next season.”

Ozil has scored four goals and made eight assists in 24 Premier League appearances this season.

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