Arsenal transfer news: Gunners star is ‘stopping’ incoming deals, Emery must make decision


The Gunners playmaker has failed to impress under Unai Emery this season.

Emery axed the German earlier this campaign, claiming Ozil wasn’t up to the physicality of the Premier League.

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Ozil’s long-term future at the Emirates is unclear, despite the 30-year-old penning a £350,000-a-week contract this year.

And Gunners hero Merson has told Emery to sell Ozil, claiming the playmaker is stopping other world-class players from heading to Arsenal.

Merson said: “Arsenal have got to get rid of Mesut Ozil.

“They need his wages off the books because he is giving them nothing at the moment.

“He hardly ever plays and, when he does, the manager is taking him off at half-time.

“You can’t justify paying him that much money if he isn’t starting every game and putting a shift in.

“He is also a problem because while he’s there it’s going to stop Arsenal signing any really world-class players.

“Any big-name £80-90m star is going to want to be the highest-paid player at the club, but that can’t happen with Ozil on that much money. Arsenal can’t afford it.

“Unai Emery looks like a man who’s been told to play him so they can show people what he can still do and put him in the shop window.

“But it’s just not working, and it’s the reason Aaron Ramsey wants out. He has a right to wonder why Arsenal won’t give him what he wants when they gave Ozil so much more.

“It’s a toss up who is contributing more right now.

“When Ozil brings his A-game he is one of the top five players in the country. But how often do we ever see that from him any more?

“I think he needs to go to Italy where the game is slower and he can have more of an influence.

“If Arsenal can do some sort of deal where they have to subsidise his wages to get rid of him, they should do it. It’s time to bite the bullet.”

Arsenal are back in action on Saturday evening, with Emery’s men travelling to Liverpool in the Premier League.

However, Ozil will not be in the matchday squad after picking up an injury in training on Friday.

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