Mesut Ozil urged to leave Arsenal for PSG
Mesut Ozil's former chairman wants the midfielder to swap Arsenal for PSG
Mesut Ozil should leave Arsenal to play for Paris Saint-Germain, according to the chairman of the Germany international’s first club.
The World Cup winner is entering his fourth season as an Arsenal player after Ozil moved to the Gunners in a club-record £42.5m deal from Real Madrid in August 2013.
The 27-year-old has won two FA Cup crowns since his switch to The Emirates but the Champions League and Premier League crowns continue to elude the playmaker.
Ozil was one of the English top-flight’s outstanding players last year after a return of five goals and 18 assists in 37 Premier League appearances.
However, Michael Welling, who is the chairman of his first club Rot-Weiss Essen, believes Ozil should seek out a move to Ligue 1 champions PSG to aid his development.
“We say that for the personal development of Mesut it’s very important that he lives a year or two in Paris,” Welling told Standard Sport. “He needs to see the art, to experience the French lifestyle and bring his World Cup experience to PSG.
“Mesut has to be in Paris for at least a year. Of course he’ll have to go on to Italy, AC Milan would be great. I’m pretty sure Bayern Munich would be a very good target for Mesut after Serie A.
“He’s said he wants to play in Istanbul and then, as you know, America is the place to develop your brand, and Mesut is a brand. After that, well China is paying a lot for players, isn’t it?
“It’s a simple career plan for Mesut, every year a big transfer to a European club. If he does that he can be an honorary member of our club.”
Ozil has scored 20 times in 117 appearances in all competitions for the north London side during three seasons at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal have beaten Hull City and Aston Villa in FA Cup finals at Wembley since Ozil’s move to the north London side.