Arsenal Identify Bayer Leverkusen Midfielder As A Replacement Mesut Ozil

1:50                                            Arsene Wenger has suggested Mesut Ozil's long-term contract at Arsenal may have made him too comfortable

1:50 Arsene Wenger has suggested Mesut Ozil's long-term contract at Arsenal may have made him too comfortable

The Gunners suffered an embarrassing 1-0 loss to Belarusian minnows BATE in the Europa League in midweek and have struggled for form in the Premier League, leaving their top-four hopes in the balance.

The Ozil vs Emery debate has been dragging on for the past few weeks, with the player being left out of the first team squad regularly, despite training through the week.

The former Germany worldwide has started just one match in 2019 due to a back injury and illness, which kept him out for the weekend Premier League win over Huddersfield.

Arsenal's inability to field arguably their most-talented player due to a clash of styles between Ozil and Emery is developing into a major issue for the Gunners, according to Cross.

"You play your best players and work around them", Merson told Sky Sports News.

"He must sit there and think he might as well retire if he can't get into Arsenal team".

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'To let player contracts run out in this day and age for how much these players go for and how much they're worth is criminal. I scratch my head everyweek'.

"Now it's not even a pleasure or a desire to see him in the team because he's lost it".

'Maybe you have to bring out another attacking player and put another defensive midfield player in.

On Friday evening, Ozil posted a picture of himself wearing the Arsenal captain's armband along with a quote from Bergkamp which read: "When you start supporting a football club, you don't support it because of the trophies, or a player, or history, you support it because you found yourself somewhere there; found a place where you belong".

The Frenchman's situation has alerted teams here in the Premier League with the Mirror claiming that Arsenal and Liverpool are among the clubs to have expressed their interest in luring Rabiot to England on a free transfer this summer.

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