Arsenal legend Paul Merson has suggested that Arsene Wenger’s side could be better off without the injured Mesut Ozil over the coming fixtures, given the midfielder’s recent poor form.
Ozil, 26, suffered knee ligament damage in the club’s recent 2-0 league defeat at Chelsea, with the German World Cup-winner now set to spend around three months on the sidelines.
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Having faced mounting criticism since last summer’s £42.5 million move from Real Madrid, he is still to demonstrate his best form in an Arsenal shirt, despite clear flashes of brilliance, and Merson believes he won’t be missed ahead of Saturday’s home game against Hull City.
‘For that reason I think this is a must-win game against a Hull side that had a good result before the internationals and probably didn’t want a two-week break.
‘You always want to play again when you’ve won. I have to go for Arsenal to win, but I think it will be a hard game for them.
‘I do think the injury to Mesut Ozil might actually help the team,' he added. 'I don’t think he’s been playing well and any other player would have been dropped if they’d played like he has over the last four months.
‘He’s probably been playing unfit so it could be a blessing to give him a rest – and it gives the manager an easy decision to make.’