Arsenal star has ‘already left’ the club, claims Martin Keown
Mesut Ozil has already left Arsenal, according to Gunners legend Martin Keown
Mesut Ozil has “already left” Arsenal following his lack of game-time with the Gunners at the start of the new campaign, according to Martin Keown.
The 28-year-old’s future was a relentless source of speculation throughout the summer transfer window, with both him and Alexis Sanchez having entered into the final 12 months of their contracts at The Emirates.
Ozil has been sidelined with a knee injury in recent weeks and he did not feature when the Gunners took on Brighton at The Emirates in the Premier League last weekend.
The playmaker was heavily criticised for his performance for Arsenal during the 4-0 thrashing by Liverpool at Anfield back in August on what was a day to forget for Gunners fans.
It remains to be seen whether Ozil will commit his future to Arsenal by signing a new contract.
However, former Arsenal defender Keown is clearly not expecting to see Ozil stay at the north London club beyond the summer transfer window, when his current deal is set to expire.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Keown said: “I think he’s testing Wenger more than any other player has.
“I think it was Belarus the other week, he didn’t fancy going. He didn’t want to go.
“Suddenly he was injured again, he played nine minutes against West Bromwich Albion on the Monday, so how did he get injured there?
“I think in some departments he’s already left. Psychologically, mentally, he’s already left the football club.
“Maybe Wenger is now trying to do the best deal he can to get some compensation for him. ‘I think he doesn’t want that sort of player around the youngsters in the group.”
Arsenal return to Premier League action after the international break with a trip to Watford as they look to make it three wins in a row in the top flight.