Former Gunners forward is still puzzled as to why a World Cup winner with a lucrative contract was left out of Mikel Arteta’s plans
Arsenal legend Ian Wright admits to being ‘bowled over’ during the Mesut Ozil saga which plays out in north London, with the Gunners still of the opinion that a World Cup winner should be a part important of Mikel Arteta’s plans.
The man who kicked the Emirates Stadium has taken a different approach this season, with a 32-year-old playmaker tied to a lucrative contract being completely overlooked.
Ozil has not featured for Arsenal since March 2020, with his time in English football coming to an end in one way or another.
A move to Fenerbahce is envisaged during the current transfer window, while free agency will be hit in the summer if no deal is agreed at this point.
Wright is disappointed to see a proven artist be introduced through the rear door, with the iconic leader claiming that a Premier League giant who continued to strive for consistency in 2020-2021 should have found a role for an expensive asset.
“It’s so sad, Mesut needs to play,” said a man who remains passionate about everything Arsenal have said Wrighty’s House podcast.
“Whatever people are saying about the way he plays and what has happened, I’m really pissed off at people who keep talking about his money. The money we paid him. Money that no sane person will refuse. The money for him and his abilities at the time and what he was supposed to do for us – he was worth that for us.
“OK, it didn’t work out the way it should have, but Mesut is totally within his rights to do what he does and it still pains me to know that we had a player of this caliber and that capacity and we were not. able to get what we need for him. For him to play.
“We haven’t been able to do it, whoever is the manager, they have to do it, somewhere along the line, they have to take that into account as well. Because this ability should play, and I hope he can play.
While talking about Ozil’s ability, Wright admitted that 20-year-old academy graduate Emile Smith Rowe looked set to step into the first. Germany international boots as Arsenal’s creative No.10.
Wright said Match of the day: “It is [Smith Rowe’s] quality. Top drawer. He’s a real player.
“He’s literally one of the only players on the team to play on the U-turn.