The former Germany international has not played for the Gunners since March as his stay in north London nears its end
Arsenal legend Liam Brady has taken aim at Mesut Ozil, saying the former Germany international was “not a good guy in the locker room” and “not a good guy on the pitch”.
Ozil appears to have no future at Arsenal as he has not played for the club since March and is not part of coach Mikel Arteta’s Premier League squad.
The breakdown of the relationship is disappointing for everyone involved with the club, as Ozil is one of the most gifted players in the game when he is singing.
As the Gunners fight for form, we focused a lot on Arteta and his management of the team.
Arsenal are clamoring for the kind of creativity Ozil can produce, but Brady believes the coach was right to cut him adrift.
“I don’t blame Arteta on Ozil,” said Brady, who won the FA Cup with Arsenal in 1979, made 307 appearances for the club and was named the eighth greatest player in their history Keys and Gray Podcast. “He gave Ozil a lot of chances and he played for a few months.
“Ozil just got back to type.
“He’s not a good guy in the locker room, he’s not a good guy on the pitch.
“I have no problem with Mikel bombing him.”
Arteta told a press conference on Thursday that there would be departures from the club in January.
Ozil’s close friend Sead Kolasinac has already left the club, joining Schalke in the Bundesliga on loan, and there will likely be more departures.
Whether Ozil heads to new pasture in January will likely depend on whether he can persuade the player to take a pay cut.
He signed a deal worth £ 350,000 a week in January 2018 and which will run until summer 2021.
If Ozil can’t be persuaded to move on in January, he will almost certainly leave Emirates Stadium for a free transfer this summer.
Arteta will be hoping that the focus will be on his team’s form in the second half of the season. They closed 2020 with back-to-back wins over Chelsea and Brighton and started 2021 with a trip to West Brom.