Paul Mariner believes Mesut Ozil hasn’t done anywhere near enough to deserve the lucrative deal he received from Arsenal last year
The German playmaker signed a three-year contract on the final day of last January’s transfer window for a salary of £350,000-a-week.
Considering they had lost star forward Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United at the time, news of Ozil’s renewal came as a welcome boost for Arsenal.
Aside from the odd brilliant performance, however, Ozil has frequently failed to justify Arsenal’s decision to award him such a lucrative salary compared to the rest of the squad.
“I’m dumbfounded why Arsenal would let Sanchez go,” said Mariner on ESPN.
“Sanchez, when I used to go to Arsenal to watch him play, he was phenomenal.
“It didn’t pan out so much for United but they let Sanchez go, they’re letting [Aaron] Ramsey go for nothing! What’s going on?
“And with Ozil, there’s something going on with Ozil that we don’t know about.
“Arsenal decided to put all their eggs in one basket with Ozil, right? But what’s Ozil done for the club? Absolutely zero! Zero.
“Yes, he’s a fantastic player, but he’s got to get fit. He’s never fit! There’s something going on with this kid that we don’t know about.”
Mariner is a former defender who spent two years at Arsenal in the 1980s and recently coached MLS side Toronto FC until 2013.