Collymore: Arsenal should replace senior figure with La Liga ace, let Ozil leave
By Will Butcher
Stan Collymore believes Arsenal should end Arsene Wenger’s 21-year spell as manager by bringing in Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone, even if that confirms the exit of Mesut Ozil.
Ozil, 28, revealed to German magazine Kicker that he will sign a new deal if manager Wenger is clear about his future at Arsenal, with the Frenchman’s contract set to expire in the summer.
Writing in his Mirror column, the outspoken pundit believes bringing in Simeone to replace Wenger will improve the Gunners, even if it sees Ozil leave north London.
“Do you want Mesut Ozil to stay beyond this season if it means Arsene Wenger remaining as well, or do you sacrifice Ozil if it means Wenger going and Diego Simeone coming in instead,” Collymore asked fans.
“Me? I’d let Ozil go and bring in Simeone in a heartbeat.”
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Germany international Ozil has just 18 months remaining on his current Arsenal deal, with question marks being increasingly raised over his future.
The former Real Madrid and Schalke star has been in magnificent form for the Premier League title contenders, having a hand in 16 goals during his 23 league and cup appearances.
Scoring nine himself, Ozil has provided seven assists but Collymore believes Ozil’s presence in the side is not as pivotal to Arsenal’s trophy-winning chances compared to installing Simeone as manager.
The Argentine boss is currently in his sixth season as manager of Atletico, winning the La Liga as well as finishing as runner-up in the Champions League on two occasions during his reign.
Collymore is adamant that his potential arrival in north London would provide the Gunners with silverware if he was to leave Atletico, even if that is without Ozil.