Dietmar Hamann: Arsenal shouldn’t give Mesut Ozil this, he doesn’t deserve it
The former Liverpool midfielder insists Mesut Ozil doesn't deserve a £300,000-a-week contract at Arsenal
Dietmar Hamann insists Mesut Ozil doesn’t deserve to earn £300,000 a week at Arsenal – yet.
The Gunners midfielder has put contract negotiations with the north London club on hold until the end of the 2016-17 season despite having less than 14 months remaining on his current deal.
According to reports in the British media, Ozil is holding out for a contract worth in the region of £300,000 a week which would make his Arsenal’s highest-ever earner at The Emirates.
The Germany international has endured a disappointing 2016-17 season by his the midfielder’s high standards following a return of seven goals and six assists in 29 games in the Premier League.
Writing in his Paddy Power column, former Liverpool and Newcastle United midfielder Hamann insisted that Ozil doesn’t deserve to earn £300,000 a week at the FA Cup finalists.
“Mesut Ozil’s performances have been questioned,” Hamann said.
“He’s never been a player to perform over the entire season and when he’s on, Ozil is as good to watch as any top player.
“However, there’s definitely games where he hasn’t offered enough at all. A player like him should be creating two or three chances a match – even on an off day.
“You know what you get with Ozil as a valuable player to Arsenal, but does he do it in the big games often enough? Probably not…
“I don’t believe he deserves a reported £300,000-a-week contract extension, in fact, no player in that entire Gunners squad is worth that kind of money.”
Ozil moved to Arsenal in a £42.5m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid in the 2013 summer transfer window.
The Gunners are in fifth place in the Premier League table.