The Gunners have been accused of trying to force the World Cup winner through the exits, but he has maintained his position that his contract will be honoured. Ozil will be a free agent at the end of the season. He can therefore begin negotiation with clubs in January.
While describing the situation surrounding the German as unfortunate, the former Gunners star said the saga at Emirates Stadium is being driven by a desire to force the German playmaker out of the club.
Ozil has constantly maintained that he won’t leave the club until his contract ends. This is because Arsenal has made attempts to ship him out of the club and he rejected it. Since he has said he will continue to train, expecting another opportunity in January, Ozil remains on the books at Emirates Stadium and will not see another transfer window open until January.
Since he is likely not to play for Arsenal again after being omitted from then team’s list this season, he finally seeks a move in 2021.
Ulterior motive may be at play over Ozil at Arsenal -Merson
Merson is of the view that there might be an ulterior move by the club as he struggles to see why Arsenal would completely overlook a player of such ability.
“One hundred percent, I can’t see any other reason. I can’t see how it’s football reasons. The lad is too talented, he’s too good.
“I could understand if this was the Invincibles team of 2004, but this is the Arsenal of today. For me, for him not to get a number has to be about more than football.
“People say he doesn’t run around, that’s not his job. His job is to make things happen on the football pitch, and he can make things happen.
“Get people around him that can do that kind of work and when he stops doing that, then you get him out of the time,” Merson told Sky Sports.
While noting that the German playmaker was initially in Mikel Arteta’s team and was a mainstay and everything went through him, Merson said it’s shame he won’t be playing for the North London club this season again,.
“He’s a special player and it’s a shame we aren’t going to be able to see him play now.”
Recently, Ozil and his agent voiced out their concern over the development claiming that the reason behind his exclusion from the team is not football.
Having spent seven years as an important player in the team, Merson feel that Ozil is harshly being treated by those who handed a lucrative contract in January 2018.
“That tells me he isn’t trouble. If you haven’t got someone in your squad and they are trouble, they aren’t training with you. If they are allowed to train with the club, with the first team, that isn’t football reasons.”