Ian Wright demands answers from Arsenal about Mesut Ozil’s future
The Arsenal legend wants to know what's going on with Mesut Ozil under Gunners boss Unai Emery
Ian Wright believes Arsenal supporters deserve to know whether Mesut Ozil has a future at the club under Unai Emery.
The retired Germany international was missing from Arsenal’s match-day squad for their 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup quarter-final in mid-week.
Ozil hadn’t started a Premier League game for the north London side since a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on 11 November before his appearance against Burnley on Saturday.
Emery named Ozil in his XI for Arsenal’s 3-1 win against Burnley at The Emirates to suggest the German may still have a future at north London club.
The 30-year-old has been struggling with a back problem over the past month or so, resulting in his absence for successive league games against Spurs and Manchester United.
Ozil signed a new long-term deal with the Gunners in February to become the best-paid player in Arsenal’s history.
Former Arsenal striker Wright wants to know the truth behind Ozil’s absence from Emery’s starting XI.
“I’ve got to say now, we have got to find out what’s going on with Ozil. He weren’t in the squad again. Is he ill? What’s wrong?” Wright said on his YouTube channel.
“The fact is we need to know because, if I’m gonna be totally honest with you Arsenal fans, we can’t afford to carry that kind of weight in respect of wages and find out what’s going on with our so-called star player.
“Is he leaving in January? Is he leaving at some stage? Is he in the manager’s plans? It doesn’t look like it.
“So they’re going to have to sort that out but as long as the guys get together and go again, that’s the main thing.”
Emery handed the German playmaker a starting spot for their 1-0 win against Qarabag in the Europa League before Ozil was replaced in the final seven minutes of the clash.
The World Cup winner came off the bench for the final 20 minutes of last weekend’s 3-2 loss to Southampton at St Mary’s, but Ozil didn’t feature in the north London derby in the League Cup mid-week.
Ozil moved to Arsenal in a £42.5m deal from Real Madrid in the 2013 summer transfer window.