Mesut Ozil has been warned that he will “live to regret these wasted years”, with Alan Smith surprised to see the World Cup winner state that he intends to see out the final 12 months of his contract at Arsenal.
Despite finding himself frozen out at Emirates Stadium, the 31-year-old playmaker has no desire to push for the exit in the current transfer window.
Instead of seeking a new challenge outside north London, Ozil maintains that he will run down a lucrative deal with the Gunners and become a free agent during the summer of 2021.
He is unlikely to see much competitive football if that vow is honoured, and Smith is urging the German to reconsider his options with a parting of ways considered to be the best option for all concerned at Arsenal.
The former Gunners striker told Sky Sports: “As for Mesut Ozil, the tiresome saga rolls on. In an interview this week, the German insisted he is staying at Arsenal, even though he obviously does not feature in [Mikel] Arteta’s plans.
“This is a funny one. Ozil is well within his rights to see out a four-year contract the club were happy enough to give, but from a purely football aspect, why would you do that if you are not going to play?
“‘This is my profession’, he says. ‘It’s what I love doing: being on the pitch, playing matches, showing the people, helping the club and my team’. Ok, so if you love playing so much, why not go somewhere you’re actually wanted?
“There’s an old saying in football – you are a long time retired. Come the end of his career, he might live to regret these wasted years.”
While Ozil appears to be very much out of the picture at Arsenal, Smith believes value has been found in a deal for former Chelsea star Willian.
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