Wenger urges Arteta to rethink Mesut Ozil omission

Germany international Ozil was brought to the Emirates Stadium by Wenger in 2014 for a then-significant £42m, but has been frozen out in recent times by current boss Mikel Arteta.

Ozil hasn’t played for Arsenal since March and has failed to make the last 17 matchday squads such has been his fall from grace.

Now former gaffer Wenger has claimed in an interview with BBC Sport that Arteta should make room in his plans for Ozil.

The 71-year-old said:

“I feel it is a waste for him.

“Firstly because he’s in the years where a player of his talent can produce the most. And it’s a waste for the club as well because he’s a super talent, a creative talent that in the final third can create a killer pass.

“He’s been the record player of assists, so you have to find a way to get him involved again.”

Wenger seems sure of how he would utilise Ozil, but it seems unlikely that Arteta will take the advice of his former boss.

Ozil’s omission from the Gunners’ final 25-man Europa League squad last week was a telling sign, and with the deadline fast approaching for the submission of Premier League squads, it begs the question as to whether Ozil has played his last top flight game for the club.