Saturday, 16 February 2019

Arsenal news: Unai Emery identifies Mesut Ozil replacement as feud continues

ARSENAL are lining up Bayer Leverkusen sensation Kai Havertz as a potential replacement of Mesut Ozil, according to reports.

Havertz, 19, is one of the most highly-rated attacking midfielders in Europe and has been attracting interest from both Real Madrid and Barcelona.

However, Italian media outlet Calciomercato claim Arsenal are determined to land him as they search for life without Ozil.

Despite being the club’s top earner on around £350,000 per week, Ozil is out of favour under manager Unai Emery.

He was left out of the squad for the 1-0 defeat by BATE Borisov in the last 32 of the Europa League on Thursday.

Ozil has started only three of the Gunners’ last 12 games in all competitions and is cutting an increasingly lonely figure at the Emirates.

Emery insisted he was not fit to face BATE but he posted pictures if himself in training before the game that appeared to show him in good condition.

Ozil also liked a post on Instagram from an Arsenal supporter that condemned Emery’s truanted of the former Real Madrid man.

Arsenal are in poor form, especially on the road, where they have lost three of their last four.

Arsenal have reportedly lined up Kai Havertz to replace Mesut Ozil (Image: GETTY)

But no matter how bad they are playing, Emery continues to refuse to call on star man Ozil.

Gunners legend Paul Merson is one of a number of people who have been critical of Emery and he even suggested Ozil would be better off retiring than staying at the club.

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

"Ozil is Arsenal's best player and he doesn't play, it beats me.

Ozil was left out of the Arsenal squad to play BATE Borisov despite training before the match (Image: GETTY)

Havertz is one of the most highly-rated midfielders in Europe (Image: GETTY)

"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's 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'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."

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