In comments that he also admitted would be controversial, Arsenal legend Ian Wright has suggested that midfielder Mesut Ozil will perform better were he to move to rivals Manchester United as his contract deadlock with the Gunners linger.
Ozil, soon to be out of contract at Arsenal as he’s no closer to signing a contract extension and expected to leave the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season, has been reported to be of interest to Jose Mourinho who worked with him in their days at Real Madrid.
“I think he’s that type of player who will drag a team by its bootlaces through a game, but if your team is playing well, he’s going to sprinkle stardust all over the place,” Wright told Sky Sports when asked if he thought Ozil would perform better at United.
“With the players he’d be playing with at Man Utd as well, he is unbelievable.
“He is just awesome, and with the right team, and the right movement in front of him, he is easily one of the best I’ve seen. He’s amazing.
“Is this difficult to say? Yeah. And we can’t keep arguably two of the best players, arguably in the history of the club, ability-wise. It’s sad times.”
Wright won one Premier League, two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup and was Arsenal’s record goalscorer with 185 goals until he was overtaken by Thierry Henry.
Ozil, who missed Wednesday’s goalless draw against Chelsea in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final, arrived from Madrid in 2013 and has netted 27 goals and recorded 47 assists in 134 league appearances.
The Germany international playmaker has scored four goals and tallied five assists in the Premier League this season.