The ex-Premier League top scorer has spoken out as a former player and fan of the Gunners to call time on Mesut Ozil’s chances at the club.
Former Premier League golden boot winner Kevin Phillips believes Arsenal boss Unai Emery has given up on Mesut Ozil.
The 46-year-old, who describes himself as a fan of the Gunners, does not see a future for the German World Cup winner under the current manager.
Ozil, who signed a new contract with the club months before Emery’s arrival, has featured just once for him in the Premier League this season.
“It’s amazing we’re talking about Mesut Ozil in this kind of way, because has been a truly world-class player,” Phillips said to TalkSPORT.
“I’m sure Unai Emery has tried to get the best out of him, but he’s probably given up now. He’d probably rather work with someone else who wants to play for Arsenal and get the best out of them.
“We all know on his day he’s one of the world’s best players, but we very rarely see it.”
Phillips, who scored 92 Premier League goals for Sunderland, Southampton, Aston Villa and Birmingham City also gave an insight to how he views the situation as a former player as well as an Arsenal supporter.
“If I’m an Arsenal player, and as an Arsenal supporter, I’d like to see him leave the club, move on, play for someone else, release the money and then we can invest it in two or three players who can perhaps progress Arsenal,” he added.
“They’ve done well this season and you don’t need players around your squad who are not going to turn up, it’s as simple as that.
“I was at the Watford vs Arsenal game. Arsenal kicked off, the ball went back to Mesut Ozil and he was so lackadaisical, he was so sloppy, I could tell straight away what kind of mood he was in that day. He drifted in and out of the game and he wasn’t pressing like the other players were.”
Phillips did, however, admit that shifting Ozil would be a tall order due to the £350,000 contract he signed in January 2018.
“It’s tough getting rid of a players on big contracts and on a lot of money,” he said.
“But I would try my hardest to get him out of the door in January or at the end of the season, whether that’s on loan or sell him permanently, because I think that would help Arsenal move forward.”