Ray Parlour explains why Mesut Ozil can’t be considered an Arsenal legend

Mesut Ozil has won the FA Cup on three occasion with Arsenal
Mesut Ozil has won the FA Cup on three occasion with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Mesut Ozil will not be remembered as an Arsenal legend and isn’t in the same class as Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, according to Ray Parlour.

The 32-year-old is set to end his seven-and-a-half year spell in north London with a move to Fenerbahce likely to be finalised this month.

While the tail-end of Ozil’s Arsenal career has been shrouded in mystery, with the exact reason for his exile yet to be articulated by the club, his importance to Arsene Wenger’s side was once unquestionable.

The former Real Madrid playmaker, previously Arsenal’s record buy at £42.5m, was a key component in a squad which won three FA Cups between 2014 and 2017, while his form during the 2015/16 campaign, when he recorded 19 assists, came close to inspiring the Gunners to the league title.

And while Parlour, a member of Arsenal’s Invincibles squad, believes Ozil is one of the most talented players to have represented the club in recent years, he lacked the consistency to be remembered as an all-time great,

He told talkSPORT: ‘He [Ozil] is a very talented player, but the consistency wasn’t there for him. If you go back to some of the opportunities where he’s playing in big games and you need to shine as a leader and he didn’t. He sort of went missing in games.

Mesut Ozil hasn't played for Arsenal this season
Mesut Ozil hasn’t played for Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty)

‘But statue? They’ve got the right three at the moment, absolutely. There’s [Thierry] Henry, [Dennis] Bergkamp and Tony Adams. The next statue that goes up at Arsenal should be Arsene Wenger. That’s the next statue.

‘You look at what he [Ozil] has achieved in his career and I can see why people say he’s a legend. He’s won a World Cup. At times in games he was absolutely brilliant, but he didn’t do it on a consistent basis. That was his problem.

‘At times when Ozil played, if he had a quiet game you didn’t see him. That was the difference between two top, top, class players.

“I will put him in the bracket of being top class who can make a difference in a game; Henry and Bergkamp could make a difference on their own in a game and Ozil didn’t do it enough.

“He’s got the ability to do that as a player. Wrighty [Ian Wright] is probably well in front of anybody to have a statue if you’re going to give statues out to players.’

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