Former Arsenal player, Paul Merson has once again slammed midfielder Mesut Ozil for his ‘lazy’ approach to games at Arsenal.

Ozil has been under intense criticism since he joined Arsenal for his body language, and this time, Merson is calling for him to be dropped from the Arsenal squad.

Speaking on Talksports, Merson believes Arsenal have been better in all the games the German World Cup winner has not featured. He is also of the opinion that Ozil will struggle to gain a starting berth in the team when he returns from the knee injury that kept him out of the side’s last two games.

“Yeah, I do [Ozil will struggle for a regular place in the team],” Merson told talkSPORT.

“You look at any world class player in the world we’ve seen over the last 15 or 20 years – you know one thing they do? They work hard. They’ve got the class, they’ve got the skill, they’ve got everything, but they work hard at the same time – that’s what makes them world class.

“Ozil doesn’t do that part of the game, and if you don’t do that you can’t play in this day and age.

“I’ve seen Zinedine Zidane and he worked hard. I played against David Beckham enough times at Man United and you couldn’t believe how hard he worked up and down the right wing – it was scary. These players worked hard for the team.

“The penny has got to drop with Ozil, you can’t just play when you’re on the ball. And to be fair to Arsene, he’s taken him out of the team and they’ve reaped the rewards in the end.”

Arsenal are said to be willing to sell the playmaker in January if he refuses to sign a new contract.


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