Arsenal legend Ian Wright has conceded that the future of German playmaker Mesut Ozil at the club does not look great, with manager Unai Emery preferring to keep him on the bench even when they were chasing the game against Manchester City.
Ozil has been on the fringes of the Arsenal team for much of this season, and has only been played in home games that the Gunners are expected to win with ease. The manager has preferred the outgoing Aaron Ramsey over the German midfielder in his teams.
Wright feels that left-back Sead Kolasinac being played in midfield ahead of Ozil means the end is near for the German, at least as far as Arsenal is concerned.
The Arsenal legend told Match of the Day 2: “Captain one week, next week he plays a left-back in midfield ahead of arguably our most creative player.
“Doesn’t look very good for him.”
The former Arsenal striker also suggested that on current form, it is unlikely that the Gunners will finish in top four, and should look towards the Europa League if they want to qualify for the Champions League next season.
“If we’re going to play like that, and we were playing Manchester City and they’re the best, but the defending was not great,” added Wright.
“If Manchester United continue their form, Chelsea have got Gonzalo Higuain who has hit the ground running, and Tottenham Hotspur are still doing great things even with injuries, it might be a little bit out of reach, but the Europa League may be the best route in.
“I’m not saying write off top four because there are teams that Arsenal can still beat.”
It remains to be seen how Emery’s side responds, especially considering that they have a relatively easier run in towards the end of the season and a good run of results now could put them in a good position.