Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has advised his old club to sell former German international Mesut Ozil.
In an interview with the Metro on Tuesday, Kevin Campbell told Arsenal to replace Mesut Ozil with either Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish or Leicester City star James Maddison.
“Arsenal need someone in the middle of the pitch, who not only can create, but also can break up the play, but he’s got legs. We miss that.
“There was talk of should we go for Jack Grealish or James Maddison, these types of guys would improve Arsenal,” he added.
“No disrespect to Mesut Ozil, but Ozil is on the wrong side of his Arsenal career with a year left on his contract after this.
“But we need someone who’s going to be in there with legs. We need creativity, and someone that when the game’s not going particularly well, he can get stuck in and knuckle down as well.”
Ozil joined English Premier League side in a then club-record deal worth £42.5 million (€50 million), making him the most expensive German player of all time.
During his first season, Ozil helped end Arsenal’s nine-year trophy drought under Arsene Wenger winning the FA Cup in 2014. He later became victorious in two more FA Cup campaigns.
The former Weder Bremen star recorded the second most assists (19) in a Premier League season in 2015/2016.
At the international level, Ozil played 92 matches for Germany, scoring 23 goals, and registering 40 assists.
He also won a record five German Player of the Year awards. The World Cup winner represented his country in three Fifa World Cups, as well as two Uefa European Championships. He was an integral part in both the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa and Uefa Euro 2012, where he starred as the joint-highest assist provider in both competitions.
Ozil was also a key contributor in Germany’s victorious 2014 Fifa World Cup campaign in Brazil.
After the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia where they were eliminated at group stages, Ozil retired from international competition.