George Graham has criticised Arsenal for his or her dealing with of Mesut Ozil’s contract, whereas admitting the membership now haven’t any alternative however to “get rid” of the “costly” midfielder.
Ozil grew to become the highest-paid participant at Arsenal when he dedicated to a three-year extension value £350,000 per week in January 2018.
The 32-year-old was a key member of Arsene Wenger’s squad on the time, however rapidly fell down the squad pecking order following the Frenchman’s departure that summer season.
Unai Emery solely used the ex-Germany worldwide sparingly amid issues over his health and dedication ranges, along with his inflexible 4-2-3-1 set-up requiring the gamers to take up extra disciplined roles with a give attention to defending and attacking as a staff.
Sadly, the Spanish head coach was by no means fairly in a position to get his philosophy throughout at Emirates Stadium, and he was sacked in November 2019 following a dismal run of outcomes.
Arteta was drafted in as his alternative a month later, and one in every of his first actions was to revive Ozil to the primary staff, which led to an upturn in fortunes previous to the coronavirus enforced break within the season.
Few might have predicted that the skilled playmaker’s final look of the 12 months for the Gunners can be in a 1-0 win over West Ham on March 7, however he now not loved the complete confidence of his supervisor when the marketing campaign was cleared to renew in June.
Ozil has not seen a single minute of motion for Arsenal this time period and was not noted of Arteta’s newest Premier League and Europa League squads, along with his place unlikely to vary earlier than his present deal expires subsequent summer season.
Graham can’t perceive why he was given such a profitable contract within the first place, and says that even when the membership are in a position to get him off their books in 2021, they are going to nonetheless should pay a excessive worth for his or her mistake.
“It’s very tough.
The very first thing you say is, ‘who’s the one who sorted the contract?” the previous Gunners boss instructed talkSPORT.
“Did the remainder of the board see that contract and conform to it? That was a foul resolution.
We’ve acquired to attempt to eliminate him and pay half his wages if he goes to a different membership, however even then it’s too costly.”
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