Alan Shearer blasts Mesut Ozil after Brighton loss and says Arsenal’s ‘huge mistake’ is affecting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang talks

Alan Shearer blasts Mesut Ozil after Arsenal's defeat to Brighton
The Premier League legend believes Mikel Arteta needs to get rid of Ozil (Pictures: BBC / Getty)

Alan Shearer has hit out at Mesut Ozil after the Arsenal playmaker was left on the bench against Brighton and says the German’s mammoth salary was a ‘huge mistake’ that could lead to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaving.

The Gunners succumbed to their second defeat in a matter of days on Saturday, with goals from Lewis Dunk and Neal Maupay cancelling out Nicolas Pepe’s opener as Brighton came from behind at the Amex.

Ozil did not even make the nine-man bench against Manchester City last week and was an unused sub against Brighton, with Shearer suggesting he will be one of the players Mikel Arteta tries to shift and criticising the club for handing him a problematic contract two years ago

Mesut Ozil watches Arsenal's defeat to Brighton from the stands
Ozil watched from the stands as Arsenal lost a second straight game (Picture: getty)

‘I’m sure he knew it already, but he knows he has got a big, big, difficult job on his hands,’ said Shearer on Match of the Day when asked about the challenge Arteta faces.

‘One to get results, and two to get players out of that football club who he needs to. When you look at the Aubameyang situation with his contract… I don’t see him signing a contract there, I don’t.

‘Because he’ll look at the salary Mesut Ozil is on and say, “Okay, give me that”. And there’s no way they can give him that.

‘It was a huge mistake to give Mesut Ozil that salary. He can’t even get into the team when they’re going to Brighton.

‘It’s one thing at Manchester City, but when you’re going to Brighton and you know you’ve got to be creative, he can’t even get in the team. And it’s not only this manager that hasn’t picked him.’

Fellow pundit Ian Wright looked devastated as Shearer tore into Arsenal, chiming in: ‘I thought I was going to cry there for a second! Hammering us like that.

‘You have to give credit to Brighton, but at the same time Arsenal and the capabilities that they have, and the players they have, they’ve got to be playing a lot better than that. It’s not good to see.’

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Aubameyang once again fed off scraps in Arsenal’s defeat to Brighton (Picture: Getty)

He added: ‘The midfield you’d have to say it’s not firing in respect of productivity, creativity. Obviously Mesut Ozil didn’t even get on the pitch today and it’s a real worrying sign when you consider that Arsenal do need to create stuff.

‘We’ve got one of the most potent strikers in the league up front and he’s really feeding off scraps. It’s a worrying time, and I think Mikel does really know that he’s got a massive job on his hands.’

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