By Russell Edge
Former Premier League manager Graeme Souness has said that Arsenal should not stand in the way of Mesut Ozil if he decides to leave this summer.
The 28-year-old midfielder has been criticised over his poor form this campaign which has led the Gunners into a disappointing season of their own.
Martin Keown questioned the German playmaker’s attitude in his column in the Mail, while the Telegraph reported that Ozil was involved in a bust-up following their North London derby defeat to Tottenham.
Now, former Liverpool, Blackburn and Newcastle manager Graeme Souness has said that the Gunners should sell the midfielder if offers are made.
He told the Times: “I would not push the boat out to keep Ozil.
“If they sell him now, would they get back the £42.5m they paid Real Madrid for him four years ago?
“There won’t be a queue around the Emirates for the 28-year-old.”
His damning comments on the former Real Madrid and Werder Bremen star come after a run of indifferent form for Arsenal, with Ozil scoring or assisting just once in their last five games, which include a 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace and their 2-0 defeat to fierce rivals Spurs.
Souness also delivered his verdict on manager Arsene Wenger’s future, and it does not make pretty reading for the 67-year-old.
“The Frenchman’s time is now surely up,” Souness told the Times.
“(Wenger) probably believes that if he can finish in the top four and win the FA Cup some of the ill-feeling towards him will go away.
“Somebody else should come in with new ideas and a different approach.”
Arsenal take on Manchester United on Sunday with a top-four finish at stake for both sides.
In other Arsenal news, Robbie Fowler was another pundit to deliver his criticism of the Gunners.