Mikel Arteta told Mesut Ozil ‘can’t play’ unless things change at Arsenal

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been warned Mesut Ozil cannot play for the club until they are dominating matches by former player Paul Merson.

Ozil featured regularly under Arteta when he first succeeded Unai Emery as manager.

But the German playmaker, their highest earner on £350,00-a-week, has been conspicuous by his absence since the Premier League resumed.

Ozil been unused in Arsenal ’s four games since the coronavirus pandemic – and Merson believes he is a “prime example” of someone who can only succeed in a top class side.

He has branded Ozil as “one of the worst players in the world” without the ball and warned Arteta he cannot have a part to play until they are regularly dominating sides.

Merson told Sky Sports : "I think Ozil is a prime example of a player who has to play in a proper team, that is going to be right up there, dominating football matches. He's got to play in a majorly successful team.

"He can't play in this Arsenal team, here's why: he's not going to change his game now in his 30s, and Arsenal aren't going to change their game for him.

"He isn't tracking back, chasing players, and you need him in a team where you're getting 70 per cent of the ball each week, and he'll play. You get players around him, let him play.

"We all know how Ozil plays, you give him the ball and he'll find you. If you don't have the ball, he won't win it back for you for love nor money.

"He's not interested when they don't have the ball. How can you give someone £350k-a-week when we all knew that was his style of play?

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"If he hasn't got the ball he's one of the worst players in the world! I would say that. Name me a worse player in the world when their team doesn't have the ball? I've never seen somebody so disinterested when they don't have the ball, but he hurts you at the other end!

"Can Arsenal form a team around him? At the moment, it's at the stage where you can't do that. They're not going to change the team for him. He'll pick up his £350,000-a-week and everything is rosy for him.”

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