Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has been described as a luxury, and he should be replaced by somebody with more energy, according to former Liverpool star Phil Babb,
The Gunners playmaker has come under the spotlight in recent seasons, and is currently strongly under the watchful eye of news reporters due to his contract situation.
Ozil will be out of contract come the end of the term unless an extension agreement is met, and the likelihood of that happening looks extremely slim. The German international is believed to have extensive demands, and the North Londoners are seemingly unwilling to pay over the odds for his extended stay.
Babb on the other hand believes he shouldn’t be considered as a necessity to the side, and is more of a luxury than a need.
“This is my personal opinion, I think Ozil is a luxury player,” he said on Sky Sports News.
“I think in the modern-day Premier League you need work-rate, you need pace.
“Ozil plays and strolls around the pitch in his own fashion.
“Yeah, technically very, very gifted but I think you have to play at a certain intensity. So he’s a bit of a luxury player.
“Take him out of the side, put someone else in that’s got a little bit more energy.
“The proof’s in the pudding isn’t it, they’ve won more games without him in the side.”
Is Ozil too good to be benched? Will he be easily replaced should he opt to leave? Does he deserve his inflated contract which is demanded?