Danny Mills is convinced Arsenal will “get creative” to transfer out “problem player” Mesut Ozil this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England international believes the Londoners must find a way to get the German playmaker off their wage bill if Unai Emery does not regard him as a key player for the next two seasons.
The 30-year-old is under contract at Arsenal until 2021 and his £350,000-a-week wages make it very difficult for the club to find a buyer for him.
“From what I hear, Arsenal will get creative to offload Ozil,” Mills told Football Insider. “He’s become a problem player for them. Sometimes you have to accept you won’t be able to cover your losses and accept you are going to lose money on a player.
“If it means getting a player out, that’s what you need to do. Is Ozil part of Emery’s plan next season and the season after? If he thinks he is not, then the club should manufacture it to get rid of him because he’s on massive wages.”
Ozil’s future has come under the microscope in the wake of his poor performance in Arsenal’s Europa League final thrashing at the hands of Chelsea on Wednesday night.
He was substituted in favour of teenager Joe Willock on a night when he once again failed to deliver in a high-profile fixture.
Mills added: “They might have to negotiate a creative loan deal where they pay a portion of his wages for a set period. You need someone who really understands football and finances to get the best deal for the club.
“A lot depends on who Emery plans to bring in to replace Ozil. They can’t just let him go without signing a replacement who can be as good or better.”
Ozil has had the least statistically successful of his six seasons at Arsenal and has frequently been axed from the starting XI by Emery.