Emmanuel Petit delivers verdict on Mesut Ozil’s problem at Arsenal
The Arsenal legend believes Mesut Ozil is no longer motivated to play for the north London outfit
Emmanuel Petit has claimed that Mesut Ozil has lost his motivation at Arsenal and the playmaker is just seeing out his contract before retirement.
Ozil hasn’t featured for the north London side since their 2-1 victory over Cardiff City in the Premier League at the end of January.
The 30-year-old was a noticeable absentee from Unai Emery’s squad for their trip to Belarus on Thursday night as Arsenal slumped to a surprise 1-0 loss to BATE Borisov in the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie.
Ozil has only started 13 games in the Premier League this season, while the World Cup winner has been limited to three appearances in cup competitions.
The former Germany international has now missed 100 of Arsenal’s 374 games since Ozil completed what was then a club record £42.5m move from Real Madrid in 2013.
Arsenal made the former Schalke midfielder the best-paid player in their history when Ozil signed a contract extension in February 2018.
Former Arsenal midfielder Petit believes Ozil has lost his motivation.
“I have huge respect for Ozil but the Ozil I used to watch years ago, he was one of the best attacking midfield players in the world, he was a pleasure to watch,” Petit told Daily Mirror.
“Now it’s not even a pleasure or a desire to see him in the team because he’s lost it.
“Ozil is a big player but he’s not a big personality. He never talks. Sometimes I think he’s a ghost on the pitch. He never says anything to his team-mates. He never shows any emotion.”
Petit added: “Even two years before the last World Cup he was playing one game good, then five games like this [badly]. It was like this for the last two years.
“So it started two years before the World Cup. The World Cup was the knife and because of that and the fact he’s the best-paid player in the team he has lost his motivation and I think he’s waiting for his retirement.”
Ozil has won three FA Cup titles since his move to Arsenal but the World Cup winner has been unable to transform the Gunners into Premier League champions.
Arsenal are in fifth place in the Premier League table and in a three-way battle with Manchester United and Chelsea FC to finish in the top four.