Arsenal legend: “Ozil-Rabiot swap deal could happen”

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Arsenal and Vorskla Poltava at Emirates Stadium on September 20, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

Ex-Arsenal star Perry Groves wouldn’t be surprised if a trade with Paris Saint-Germain involving Mesut Ozil and Adrien Rabiot goes ahead

Despite Unai Emery’s claims that Ozil has a future at Arsenal, it appears to have done little to ease the speculation surrounding the German playmaker.

Ozil has recently been left on the fringes at the Emirates Stadium with his latest snub coming in Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.

Inter Milan have been linked with a January move for him, but Groves believes there could be a potential solution in another unsettled star in PSG’s Rabiot.

The highly-rated French midfielder will leave the Parc des Princes at the end of the season and has worked with Emery before at PSG.

“As a footballer, I’m a big fan of Mesut Ozil’s, because sometimes when you watch him play for Arsenal – and it is sometimes – he does things that he makes look ridiculously easy,” Groves talkSPORT on Twitter.

“But obviously Unai Emery now just doesn’t fancy him.

“He’s given Ozil so many chances – he made him one of his five captains, he’s played him in the ten role, he’s played him on the right of a three and behind the main striker.

“I think he’s just got fed up with him now.

“His work rate is questionable when Arsenal want to go and press, so he can’t do that, and against Chelsea he got the hook because he was ineffective.

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“He had a niggling injury against Fulham, he had a virus, they had a reported bust up before the West Ham game where Emery was supposed to have told him in no uncertain terms that he is the manager and you’re going to play how I want you to play.

“Ozil is not being indulged anymore at Arsenal, because Arsene Wenger used to indulge him.”

On where Ozil could end up, Groves added: “I think PSG could be an option for him.

“One, they can pay his wages, but two, they’ve got the lad Adrien Rabiot. Emery likes him because he plays in the ten role but also works hard.

“He’s at an impasse with PSG at the moment because he won’t a sign a new contract and he can talk to clubs on January 1.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a little swap deal on the cards.”