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Paul Merson: “Arsenal pushing Mesut Ozil into retirement”

Mesut Ozil will be baffled by lack of game time and might consider retiring, according to Sky Sports Pundit Paul Merson.

“You play your best players and work around them,” the former Gunners midfielder told Sky Sports News. “Ozil is Arsenal’s best player and he doesn’t play, it beats me.

“He must sit at home and watch Arsenal and think ‘how am I not getting into this team?’ I don’t know if they are trying to push him into retirement, because he must sit there and think he might as well retire if he can’t get into Arsenal team.”

“Ozil is not so influential that you have to build a team around him, but he has to play because he is there best player,” he added.

“He’s not going to run around and put sliding tackles in, that is never going to happen, but he makes things happen. Arsenal have to stick with him, they are not good enough not to have him in the team.”

Ozil was left at home while the Gunners travelled to Belarus for Thursday’s Europa League 1-0 defeat to BATE Borisov.

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