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‘Ozil is gone’ Wright predicts grim fate for wayward Arsenal star

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The Arsenal legend admits Ozil is still needed, but fears the German’s attitude will lead to his downfall.

Mikel Arteta may be relatively new to the coaching scene, but he’s already proven to be unafraid of making some tough calls that some Arsenal fans may not agree on.

The Spaniard has been clear from day one about what he wants from the players, with the right attitude being one of the key requirements.

And despite a bright start under Arteta, the Arsenal manager has left him out cold recently with all signs now pointing towards a summer exit.

Should Ozil’s problems continue, it’s almost inevitable the Gunners board will try to force him out. After all, who would want to pay a player £350k-per-week for nothing?

And while Wright still rates Ozil, he accepts the playmaker’s days in north London will end sooner or later.

“I think that he’s gone,” Wright told Premier League Productions.

“It’s all about attitude. The thing is when you look at Dani Ceballos, he had an attitude problem, Mikel turned him round and now he’s in the team.

“Matteo Guendouzi – they’re talking about him having a problem – he’s not in the team.

“Mikel’s given people the opportunity to get into the team if their attitude is right but at the minute their attitude is not right.

“Arsenal need him [Ozil], of course.

“But I believe that he’s somebody that’s gone from Arsenal – whether he stays or Mikel gets rid of him, we’re not going to see much of him.”

Perhaps, though, there is a ready-made replacement for Ozil at Arsenal next in Phillipe Coutinho?

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