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Ian Wright has urged his former club to sell Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan as the pair are not giving the 100percent best for the club.
Both players have come under fire for their form this season, with the pair in and out of Unai Emery’s starting XI.
Ozil, 30, has had an immensely frustrating time since Unai Emery’s arrival in the summer, with form and injuries keeping the German out of Arsenal’s starting XI in recent months.
A back spasm meant Ozil missed the Gunners’ 4-2 victory over Tottenham at the weekend and the playmaker is a serious doubt for the side’s trip to Manchester United on Wednesday night.
Ozil’s absences are becoming a major concern for Emery and Wright believes the midfielder is becoming a luxury that Arsenal can no longer afford.
Mkhitaryan, who was hooked at half-time in the North London Derby, has failed to impress so far this term, registering just two goals and three assists in 16 appearances.
Club legend Wright says there are other players who could provide a lot more for the club.
“As good as [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan and Ozil are, in respect to what they’re earning we’re talking about £500,000-a-week,” Wright said on BBC 5 Live Sport.
“I do not believe that Arsenal can afford to be paying that sort of money without getting a return, especially when you look at what they’re trying to do at the moment.
“You’re going to lose [Aaron] Ramsey as well who probably wants £200,000 so we’re going up to £700,000-a-week in money that we’re going to have to give.
“Surely you’ve got to find three or four players that you can pay a lot of money to that will give you the output you want.”
The former England striker also hit out at Ozil’s inability to perform on a consistent basis.
“He got substituted in the next game against Palace!,” added Wright when reflecting on his superb display against Leicester City earlier in the season.
“The thing with him is. do you think he’s someone that can adapt? He’s an unbelievable player but can he do it? I don’t know if he can.
“I had Arsenal fans coming over to me saying he’s had 19 assists. Thierry Henry had 20 assists and 30 odd goals – and he done it twice! ‘Is that what we want, just assists? Is that what you’re going to throw in my face? And a hat-trick against Ludogorets?”