Arsenal will be putting in “tireless work behind the scenes” to sign new outfield players after Mesut Ozil’s Fenerbahce exit, says Kevin Campbell.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Arsenal favourite says Ozil’s departure has freed up a “hell of a lot of money” which should now be reinvested as Mikel Arteta continues his squad overhaul.
The 32-year-old playmaker has not featured for Arsenal at all this season, a political fallout with the club widely believed to be behind his absence from the first-team.
The World Cup winner became the highest-paid player in the club’s history in January 2018 when he signed a deal worth a reported £350,000 a week.
And with his mammoth salary no longer an issue, the Arsenal hierarchy will be looking towards other targets, says Campbell.
“I think that Ozil’s exit has paved the way for a new outfield signing,” he told Football Insider.
“It is a hell of a lot of money to have tied up in a player not making a contribution. Now he is off the wage bill, it might mean we can do some loan business.
“Hopefully, we can get some bodies in. That would be massive. I am sure there is tireless work going on behind the scenes.
“The culture is changing a bit. Arteta has got rid of Kolasinac, Ozil, Sokratis… All of a sudden it is a very different squad. You want a group that is together.”
Ozil played 254 times for Arsenal after signing from Real Madrid for a club-record £42.4m in 2014.
He was an integral part of Arsene Wenger’s side that won three FA Cups in four seasons between 2014 and 2017.