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Former Premier League star Robie savage has suggested Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil does not warrant a place in the Arsenal first team.
The German international has missed majority of the Gunners’ recent good form which has led to suggestions about the Gunners being a better side without Ozil on the pitch.
The retired player cum TV pundit has also now disclosed his thoughts on the situation, by saying he also doesn’t think Mesut Ozil should be in the Arsenal starting XI at the moment.
Ozil is not new to criticism anyway. His work rate and body language makes him an easy target for backlash when the going gets tough at the Emirates, Savage has however given a different reason by claiming the its the midfielder’s lack of form and not his lack of effort or defensive nous that should be keeping him out of the starting line-up.
“Even if he was fit, I don’t think he warrants a place in this Arsenal side,” he told BT Sport via Daily Cannon.
“You look at Lacazette, you look at Sanchez, Iwobi is in – I don’t think he’d get in – on current form.
“Ozil, I don’t think he gets into this side even if he’s 100% fit.”
Whilst the Gunners’ upturn in form has coincided with Ozil’s struggles with his fitness and form, there is no denying that Arsenal have been, are and will always be a better side with the playmaker in the team.
Ozil’s ability to intelligently use space and create chances for his teammates is unrivaled in the current Arsenal squad if not the Premier League.
After the international break, the impending return of the World Cup winner, who is expected to be fully fit, to the squad should further improve the Gunners’ good form.
If he wasn’t that important to the team, why all the fuss about his contract which runs out at the end of the current campaign?