‘A dead player on the pitch’ Gunners legend Petit opens up and rips into Arsenal midfielder Ozil
Emmanuel Petit has claimed Mesut Ozil ‘a dead player on the pitch’ as he tells Arsenal they need a summer overhaul in the transfer window.
Ozil has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons this season and has been dropped by Unai Emery on a number of occasions, with many believing the World Cup winner does not fit the style of play of the former Sevilla and PSG boss.
And of course that has led to speculation that Emery will sanction the sale of Ozil at the end of the season and use the funds to land a few world class additions, that are more suited to the new style of play at the Emirates.
And after seeing Ozil put in a number of poor performances this season, Petit has singled out Ozil for the strongest criticism, labelling the attacking midfielder “a dead player on the pitch”.
“There are so many players at Arsenal who need to leave the club this summer,” he told Paddy Power.
“It’s been too long since we’ve seen them compete for the title, and the only way they’ll do it is with an improved squad.
“But, they must continue with Emery, he is not the issue. The fact he reached a European final is big, as is the fact he’s done it with most of the players who are leftovers from the management of Arsene Wenger.
“The board just need to give him the power; he can’t continue next season with the same group of players.
“For example, what is going on with Mesut Ozil? He looks like a dead player on the pitch, a ghost. He’s lost in translation. It’s time now for Emery to turn the page
“For me the pressure is on Arsenal to earn a Champions League place for next season. If they don’t beat Chelsea in Baku, this year will have been a failure.
“It’s fine to have an occasional bad season and end up in the Europa League, but Arsenal have been struggling to fight for the Champions League places for a while – they need to return to the level they were at before.
“I’m not really convinced by the football Chelsea are playing, but they’re doing well and have qualified for the Champions League again.”
Ozil has not had the best of seasons at the Emirates under the guidance of Emery, but he is still the biggest name at the club and losing him will actually be a bigger blow than allowing him to leave the club.
But if he does not suit the style of play at Emery, then the right offer could well tempt the Gunners into doing a possible deal, despite his agent claiming that he will stay at the club during the summer window.
However, they may as well get as much money they can for Ozil, as his valuation will start to go down the less he plays under Emery in the coming seasons.