Arsene Wenger told to use Arsenal weapon against Mesut Ozil
Martin Keown wants to see Arsene Wenger use Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil sparingly in this season
Martin Keown has pointed out that Arsene Wenger’s biggest weapon in handling Mesut Ozil is not playing the Germany star ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
The 28-year-old is facing an uncertain future at the north London club following a disappointing start to the season for the attacking midfielder.
Ozil was particularly dreadful in a 4-0 loss to title rivals Liverpool at Anfield as the World Cup winner’s commitment was questioned once again.
The World Cup winner failed to sign a contract extension at Arsenal despite entering the final 12 months of his current Gunners deal.
Ozil has been linked with a controversial move to Manchester United in the January transfer window or else risk losing the German star for nothing next summer.
The Arsenal No11 would risk the wrath of the Gunners supporters if Ozil decides to move to Premier League pacesetters Manchester United.
Ex Gunners defender Keown believes Wenger should use Ozil sparingly with the German playmaker desperate to get minutes under his belt to impress his national team manager Joachim Low with the World Cup in Russia next summer.
“Ozil has a World Cup on the horizon,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“The biggest weapon Wenger has is to not play him.
“Andrey Arshavin was probably the most difficult player Wenger has had to manage at Arsenal. Wenger decided to not play him and Arshavin’s best years went by.
“It feels to me that Ozil would make a good poker player. I wouldn’t have thought he is giving too much away.”
Ozil moved to Arsenal in a £42.5m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid in the 2013 summer transfer window.