Arsenal legend Lauren has called on Mesut Ozil to finally fulfil his potential following another abysmal season for the player.
Things simply went from bad to worse for Ozil last term after losing his spot in the Arsenal line-up following a falling out with manager Unai Emery. Therefore, doubts over his future arose once more.
Ozil’s failure to make an impact during games didn’t help matters either. The Gunners’ highest earner even produced another lacklustre display in their humbling 4-1 Europa League final defeat to Chelsea last month.
However, Lauren expects to see the German playmaker in an Arsenal jersey next season anyway.
“Mesut Ozil will stay at Arsenal next season but he needs to start fulfilling his potential,” Lauren told bwin.
“Whether you are Arsenal, Real Madrid or Barcelona, you need your best players to perform on the big stage and Ozil failed to do that on multiple occasions last year.
“In the biggest games last season, the Quarter Final, Semi-Final and Final of the Europa League, Ozil was not relevant, so there is something very wrong there.
“Mesut Ozil has a lot of potential and no doubt, Emery will be working to bring that to the forefront this season.”
Although Lauren did have something positive to say on his old club in strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
He added: “Aubameyang and Lacazette stood out for me as the star performers last season. They both have natural talent and both made the difference in big games throughout last season.
“They have a natural talent that means they can play well and score goals consistently. Aumbameyang has really developed in the past season, he is a very precise and tactical player which was clearly evident in Arsenal’s Europa League campaign; in the semi-final, in particular, he was the decisive player in such an important match.
“That is the sign of a great player. They both tried their best in the final, but ultimately, they needed support from the other big players which they didn’t receive.
“Both players have progressed incredibly in the last year and I am excited to see what happens in the future with both of them playing for Arsenal.”
Arsenal will be back in action on July 16 in a pre-season friendly against Colorado Rapids in the United States.