Arsenal legend Ian Wright has simply said Mesut Ozil should be wearing the club’s jersey on the field instead of leaving.
As widely reported worldwide, the 32-year-old Ozil has been completely frozen out of Mikel Arteta’s team, and is thus set to finalize a move out of London.
“It's so sad, Mesut needs to be playing,” Wright said via Wrighty's House podcast, as posted by Goal.
“Whatever people say about how he plays and what's happened, I'm really f*cking upset with the people who are continually talking about his money. Money that we paid him. Money that no one in their right mind is going to turn down. Money that for him and his ability at the time and what he was supposedly going to do for us - he was worth that to us.
“OK, it's not worked out how it should have, but Mesut is very much within his right to do what he's doing and it still pains me to know that we've had a player of that calibre and ability and we've not been able to get what we need to get out of him. For him to perform.
“We've not been able to do it, whatever the manager, they've got to, somewhere along the line they've got to take that on board as well. Because that ability should be playing, and I hope he does get to play,” he added.
While the exciting Emile Smith Rowe has emerged as the attacking midfield creative solution, Wright shared his impressions via Match of the Day:
“He's [Smith Rowe’s] quality. Top drawer. He is a real player.
“He's literally one of the only players we have in the squad who plays on the half-turn,” said the former striker.