Ray Wilkins has had some very strong words for Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil as his future remains uncertain. The German may demand the number 10 shirt as part of a package to stay with the Gunners, but Wilkins has said he is not good enough to wear the number.
Arsenal fell to a very disappointing 3-1 loss at the hands of Manchester City last weekend. The defeat means that Arsenal have fallen 12 points behind City and three off Chelsea in fourth, while their awful weekend was compounded by Liverpool forcing the London side into sixth.
Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus netted for the hosts, with Arsenal only able to hit back through substitute Alexandre Lacazette, who drilled the ball beneath Ederson to get a goal back for the visitors.
Questions were raised over Arsene Wenger’s decision to put Lacazette on the bench, forcing Arsenal to play without a recognised striker. When the Frenchman did come on, he looked to change the game with his non-stop running and enthusiasm.
One man that many felt the striker should have started ahead of was Mesut Ozil, with the German once again struggling in the biggest games.
Ozil has angered fans further as reports suggest he would stay at Arsenal if he gets the number 10 shirt as it would boost his brand. This has led former-England man Ray Wilkins to lambast the player.
He told talkSport: “He is not a great player so why should he wear 10? Why should he nick that off Jack? I think the word ‘great’ is used far too often. I don’t think he has ever been a great player”.
“You see him in the Premier League week in week out, he’s a good player, he’s a very good player. He’s been a fantastic player. I don’t think he is a great player”.
Wilkins claims come as the debate around the German continues to circle. Many see him as an outstanding talent, while others think he is very overrated, and Wilkins obviously falls into the camp of the latter.