Perry Groves criticised Arsenal on talkSPORT (2:15pm, January 17, 2021) for not sorting out Mesut Ozil’s situation before.
The former Arsenal star believes that the Gunners should have offloaded Ozil before now.
The German attacking midfielder is reportedly on the verge of leaving Arsenal. According to The Sun, the 32-year-old will say goodbye to his teammates today before moving to Turkish club Fenerbahce.
The report in the British tabloid has claimed that Ozil and Arsenal have come to an agreement over mutually terminating his contract.
It has been claimed that the former Real Madrid star has agreed to ‘give up a portion of his remaining salary’, which would have come to a total of £7 million.
Ozil has not played for Arsenal since March 2020 and was not included in manager Mikel Arteta’s Premier League and Europa League squad this season.
The attacking midfielder’s current contract at the North London club runs out at the end of the season.
Groves said on talkSPORT (2:15pm, January 17, 2021): “I don’t care how rich you are – Mesut Ozil is a very wealthy man, right, millionaire – 10 to 12 million quid is a lot of money.
“It doesn’t matter how much money you have, it should have been up to Arsenal to pay him up, to get him out of the way, so that he is not like loitering in the background, he is not doing these Q&As on social media. That’s down to Arsenal.
“If they don’t want him in their 25, it’s up to Arsenal to pay him and say, ‘Okay, we don’t want you around anymore’. It’s a bit late. Why didn’t they do it earlier?”
Groves does have a point. After all, since Ozil did not play for Arsenal in the first half of the season and was not in their plans, it would have been best for the Gunners to offload him in the summer of 2020.
Ozil did well in the first few years at Arsenal, but the attacking midfielder’s importance and performances had dipped in recent times.