Arsene Wenger sends warning to Arsenal about Mesut Ozil
The former Gunners manager has his say on the developing Mesut Ozil situation at Arsenal
Arsene Wenger has suggested that Arsenal would have to spend as much as £100m to sign another player of Mesut Ozil’s quality.
The German’s situation at The Emirates has been a constant source of debate in recent months following his lack of playing time under new Gunners boss Unai Emery.
The 30-year-old has struggled with form and fitness issues and Emery has not been afraid to leave the playmaker out of his squad numerous times this season.
Wenger was in charge of Arsenal last February when the Gunners opted to make him the highest-paid player at the club with a new contract in February 2018.
His lack of playing time has already lead to speculation that he could be sold by Arsenal in the summer transfer window.
However, former Gunners boss Wenger has warned the club that they will not find it easy to sign another player of Ozil’s quality any time soon.
Speaking in an interview quoted by the Daily Express, Wenger said: “I feel that the length of the contract has nothing to do normally with the selection of the team. But sometimes there are special cases.
“Most of the time now we think when we sign a player for five years we have a good player for five years.
“But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they practise, they play their best. Because they might be in their comfort zone.
“He has a contract but the problem is that, if you want to buy a player like him, you have to spend £100m.
“And to maintain the value of the player, beyond the Ozil case, it is more about the way football is structured.
“To buy players of top, top quality you need £100m.
“So the decision you have to make is whether you re-sign the player, who costs us nothing, or do we have the money to buy a new player?”
Ozil will be hoping to feature for Arsenal when the Gunners return to Europa League action on Thursday night with a home clash against BATE Borisov.
The north London side lost the first leg 1-0 in Belarus last week.