Mesut Ozil’s situation at Arsenal is ‘devastating’ says Ian Wright

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Ian Wright feels the situation with Mesut Ozil is a real shame (Picture: Getty Images,)

Ian Wright believes the ongoing situation with Mesut Ozil at Arsenal is ‘devastating’ as the German continues to be sidelined at the club.

The 31-year-old is Arsenal’s highest-earner on £350,000-a-week, but has not played a Premier League game since March as he continues to be frozen out by manager Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners have been very keen to move him on, but due to his huge wages they have not been able to find a buyer and Ozil is set to see out the remaining year of his contract.

Wright feels the situation is ‘really sad’ because the World Cup winner would be ideal for the first team, but he cannot see the problem being resolved and Ozil reintegrated into the side.

‘If you could have got Mesut Ozil onside in this particular team with the way this manager thinks with the intensity that we now have he is literally the perfect player,’ he said on The Kelly and Wrighty Show. ‘But it doesn’t seem like this is going to happen.

‘It doesn’t seem like there is (a way back). I was at the ground the other day and he was walking around, he looked happy enough.

‘The confusing thing for me is everybody knows that if you do buy into Arteta’s game plan then you are probably going to get in there.

‘I just find it really sad that we haven’t got anybody that can convince him or make Ozil understand that even if you are going to leave…

‘At the end of the day he is still paid to be a footballer for that club and so while he is there you want him to do the best he can for them

‘Now if his attitude isn’t right in training or whatever and the manager isn’t seeing it, I just find it devastating that we can’t get somebody to make him understand how integral he is to what we could be doing right now.’

Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil has not played a Premier League game since March (Picture: Getty Images)

Arteta has insisted that all players are being treated equally and he will be trying to get the best out of Ozil, like the rest of the squad.

‘With all the players that we have here, we’re going to try to get the best out of them,’ said the Arsenal manager on Friday.

‘We’re going to try to improve them as much as we possibly can and create the right environment for them so that they are happy at the club, because I believe it’s the most important thing for them to perform to the level that we want.

‘After that, obviously in the market there are things that we cannot control. There are things that we can control and let’s try to manage in the best possible way.’

Arsenal host West Ham on Saturday and it remains unlikely that Oziil will be involved.

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