Arsenal may “end up having to pay” Mesut Ozil to leave the club, claims Paul Merson, with the German playmaker out of favour but showing no desire to leave a lucrative contract.
Exit talk is nothing new when it comes to a World Cup winner in north London.
Ozil has been a divisive figure throughout his time in England, with questions often asked of his commitment to the cause a
And desire to dig deep when the going gets tough.
That is posing a problem to Arsenal, along with their struggles to get Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tied down to fresh terms, and Merson admits drastic action may need to be taken by a club that has been risk averse for far too long.
The former Gunners star told the Daily Star:
“There’s Mesut Ozil’s wages to get off the books. They might end up having to pay him just to leave.
“And Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needs a new contract that won’t come cheap. He’s already in his 30s but Arsenal can’t afford to lose him.
“That’s a lot of money gone already. And I know Arsenal. I played there. Arsenal don’t gamble with their money.
“They don’t take big risks in the transfer market. It’s not their way. Arteta must know that – but if you don’t ask, you don’t get I suppose.
“A lot depends on the market as well. If someone goes for £80-90m at the start of the window, Arsenal are in trouble because it sets a tone and they can’t match it.
“But I think it’s hard for a lot of clubs to spend money right now, so you might find the top players everybody wants just don’t hit the market.”
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