‘In the future, I do not see him there’: Andrey Arshavin believes Mesut Ozil’s time at Arsenal is up as the former Gunners star labels German ‘slow’
- Andrey Arshavin believes Mesut Ozil has no future at former club Arsenal
- The Russian attacker spent four years in north London under Arsene Wenger
- Arshavin, 38, feels that Ozil slows the game down for his former club
- The 38-year-old backed new boss Mikel Arteta to turn things around for the club
Andrey Arshavin has shared his thoughts on Mesut Ozil as the former Arsenal star expressed that the Gunners midfielder ‘has no future’ at the Emirates Stadium.
The German had seemingly been nearing the exit door only for new Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to throw the 31-year-old a lifeline after he took over from Unai Emery in north London.
Ozil’s future remains uncertain having flattered to deceive this season. The midfielder has scored once and set up three assists in his 23 outings for the Gunners this campaign.
Andrey Arshavin believes Mesut Ozil has no future at Arsenal and that the star is too slow
The German midfielder has had a poor season scoring just once in 23 appearances for Arsenal
And Arshavin, who spent four years at Arsenal under legendary boss Arsene Wenger, believes Ozil has a bleak future in north London.
‘As a player, of course, I respect him. Mesut is a world-class player,’ the Russian attacker told 888 Sport.
‘But for me personally he slows down the game. I would prefer to use another player. Mikel, as we can see, is the opposite and plays him a lot. He has improved his game at Arsenal but still, in the future, I do not see him there.’
Arsenal sit in 9th place in the Premier League having endured their poorest season in years, and Arshavin believes that his former side’s problems have been clear for some time.
Arshavin, who spent four years at the Gunners, labelled Ozil ‘world class’ but said his time is up
The 38-year-old has backed new boss Mikel Arteta to turn the tide at the Emirates Stadium
‘For me, Arsenal’s squad is not balanced,’ said the Russian. ‘Offensively-wise they are very good and in attack, they play very pretty football. It’s good to watch. But defensively – even in my period – Arsenal is weak.
‘Sometimes that is down to injuries and sometimes they don’t have enough experience but I don’t know why this doesn’t change.’
Despite this, Arshavin says that new boss Arteta is the right man to improve things at his former club and his experience alongside Wenger will stand him in good stead to enjoy success with the Gunners.
‘It was a good choice because he has spent time at Arsenal and knows the club well. He worked next to Arsene and can take good experience from him,’ Arshavin added.
‘He also has the respect of the club and players. And since he has taken over at Arsenal they have changed: not too much but in a good way.
‘But it is difficult to predict if Arsenal can finish in the Champions League zone, especially in the time we’re in now.’