Arsenal legend Paul Merson has made a sensational claim about Mesut Ozil retiring if his struggles under Unai Emery continue.

The playmaker has endured a difficult spell under Emery and was absent during Arsenal’s embarrassing 1-0 defeat to BATE Borisov in the Europe League round-of-32 clash on Thursday.

“You play your best players and work around them. Ozil is Arsenal’s best player and he doesn’t play, it beats me.” Merson said of the midfielder’s situation under the Spaniard

“He must sit at home and watch Arsenal and think ‘how am I not getting into this team?’

“I don’t know if they are trying to push him into retirement, because he must sit there and think he might as well retire if he can’t get into Arsenal team.”

Ozil, 30, has started just three of the Gunners last 12 games in all competitions and Merson believes the team cannot afford to play without him any longer.