Former Gunner reckons Arsenal is gambling with Ozil axing

Paul Merson has suggested that Arsenal might regret axing Mesut Ozil from their team after he was left out of the Premier League and Europa League squads completely.

The German hasn’t played for the club since March, but he was a key member of the team when Mikel Arteta was first named the club’s manager.

He played at least ten games for them between December and March, yet he hasn’t been named by the club in any of their registered squads for this season, well, until January at least.

Merson reckons that the former Real Madrid man is a top talent and keeping him out of the team when he might be able to help them in the future was a huge gamble.

He admitted that he was one of the fans of the German and claimed he was shocked to learn that he will be left out of Arsenal’s registered teams for the season.

“He’s an absolute talent. So, to keep him out of the squad, completely out of the squad, it’s a big gamble by Arsenal,” Merson told Sky Sports. “He’s on massive wages, no doubting that. He gets fortunes. I’m surprised, it shocked me. When I was told that he’d been left out of the squad I was shocked if I’m being honest, because I am one of his biggest fans.”

Merson is often derided for some of his opinions, especially when it comes to Arsenal, however, I am sure that there will be a few football fans that will agree with his assessment of Ozil.

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  1. Sue says:

    Merse sacked?? When?!

    1. Phil says:

      Sue- I think someone has his facts wrong unless it was after Saturday because he was on Soccer Saturday then.

      1. Sue says:

        Exactly, Phil. As Merse was the only one to survive the chop!

  2. Val says:

    I don’t like what MA is doing to the Arsenal team.
    It seems that he is getting rid of players that he does not like regardless of talent etc. He had better not get rid of Matteo Guendouzi in the same way as Ozil!!!

    1. Trust says:

      The couch is making a big mistake about leaving Ozil, what ever differences they have, he must man up , he is lucky they are no fans allowed in the stadium, because l dont believe they will tolerate this behaviour of the couch, Mikel is good couch but leaving Ozil out of the squad , l think he is losing it

    2. jon fox says:

      That happened weeks ago! Where were you?

      1. Val says:

        I meant when MG returns from Hertha.

  3. Sean Williams says:

    I wonder if Arteta would have selected himself. He wasn’t very good and nowhere near up to Ozil. I worry more about how Saliba is being treated. I know Arteta did not sign him, but you can’t erase, Torreira, Guendouzi, Saliba, Ozil and Socratis with the Sword of Damocles, in one fell swoop. We can see that Arteta is a bit of a control freak. There is ruthless and their is ruthless, and Arteta’s kind of ruthless is easy to see through.

    1. SueP says:

      How odd that you should have such a downer on Arteta, after just a few months, and cannot see how your views are mirroring those of the so called Ozil haters.
      Food for thought

      1. Reggie says:

        Agree again Sue P.

      2. Sean Williams says:

        When I see any human being acting in a ‘Ruthless’ manner Sue (without Ruth attributes) I feel sad. I don’t see much compassion in Arteta……he is very driven.

        1. SueP says:

          Apart from being driven to succeed ( which under the circumstances I am pleased that someone is) I don’t recognise his actions as improper. Arteta has to make tough decisions- it is the nature of his job. We obviously see things differently which is fine by me

  4. Wayne says:

    Fans chill. Allow the coach to shape the team to his desires. It’s only natural. Despite Arteta’s recent successes, some fans are too agitated and impatient. Ozil’s contract expires at the end of the season and Arsenal will be playing without him.So, just get used to it from now, as he not what he once was.

    1. Reggie says:


    2. bonzo says:

      what successes?. we haven’t beaten a top side this season in a league game.

  5. Jdawg says:

    Judging Ozil purely on footballing terms, the guy is lazy skips training sessions and when he doesn’t fancy it fakes injuries. At any level of sport, you would get the boot for acting this way. The guy is finished. It will be telling if it’s the correct decision when we see him playing for his next team. Time will tell.

    For now move on and support the team not one individual!

    1. JJ Pawn says:

      “…the guy is lazy skips training sessions…”


      1. ahmad73 says:

        Maybe he is Arteta using a pen name?

  6. Mokosa Maxwell George says:

    I don’t want to watch arsenal game without ozil i better watch fulham and seeing Arteta on the touch line will not make me happy.useless decision.

    1. jon fox says:

      You wont be missed, so Goodbye !

  7. Katwesigye robert says:

    Arteta is not fair at all, ozit is still the best. His personal issues with aplayer does not make him useless to club, arsenal will miss his contribution on the pitch

  8. Tom k says:

    Yeah and it’s been pretty rubbish so far

  9. Seroti says:

    ” Conscience is calm and I have given him enough chance like everybody else, my conversation with him has been high”
    Those are the words of MA which I believe should end all discussion about Ozil.

  10. Top Gunner says:

    We only regret when Ozil is in the team sheet

  11. ozziegunner says:

    Paul Merson knows all about gambling.

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