Ian Wright doubts whether Arsenal star can thrive under Unai Emery
The Arsenal legend raises questions about Mesut Ozil's future at the north London side
Ian Wright has cast doubt on whether Mesut Ozil is capable of adapting to Arsenal’s style of play under Unai Emery.
The former Germany international has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot in the current campaign since Emery replaced Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium.
Ozil attracted criticism for his muted performances in Arsenal’s 2-0 home loss to Manchester City and 3-2 defeat at Chelsea FC in their opening two Premier League games.
The 30-year-old playmaker did produce an excellent performance when asked to captain Arsenal for the visit of Leicester City, scoring one goal and making one assist in a 3-1 win.
However, Ozil hasn’t featured for the Gunners since a 1-1 home draw with Wolves on 11 November, missing out on their games against Bournemouth and Vorskla before the north London derby.
The German playmaker sat out their 4-2 win over Spurs due to a back injury, which created a lot of debate amongst some pundits about the validity of the fitness problem.
The Arsenal number 10 was absent for the north London side’s clashes against Manchester United and Huddersfield Town, too.
And former Gunners striker Wright suggested that Ozil might struggle to adapt to Arsenal’s style of play under Emery.
“Can Ozil adapt to the Emery way?” Wright told BBC Radio 5 Live. “He is an unbelievable player, [but] I don’t know if he can.
“Some Arsenal fans said he has 19 assists but Thierry Henry had 20 assists and 30 odd goals. He did it twice.”
Wright added: “I want Ozil to be brilliant for Arsenal like everyone else.”
Ozil became the best paid player in Arsenal’s history earlier this year when he signed a new long-term deal in February to end speculation surrounding his future at the club.