Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit suggests that a demotivated Mesut Ozil is now just waiting for his retirement after achieving everything he aimed for in football
The 30-year-old’s future at Arsenal has been regularly questioned in recent months, despite the fact that he had only signed a new lucrative contract last year.
Ozil’s agent, Erkut Sogut, recently came out and declared that Ozil could even stay beyond the final two years on his current deal.
But, in a career that’s seen Ozil win some of football’s most prestigious prizes, Petit doubts that the German will be sticking around for very long.
“I think he lost his motivation and desire,” Petit told the Daily Mirror.
“He now looks as if he is just waiting for his retirement. A player losing his motivation happens a lot.
“We are not robots. Sometimes you get into a new season and it’s just not the same. It’s very difficult to play at the same level all of the time.
“If you earn so much money, have already won so many titles and, on top of that, if you have problems in your private life… I don’t know what’s going on in his life, but I can see what’s going on out on the pitch and his body language is not good.
“It’s a great shame because I hope he can do something not just for himself but also for the club. He’s a beautiful player, but he needs to be loved.
“It’s January. In two weeks’ time, the market is closed. I don’t see him leaving the club. Where would he go? To China? Honestly. Do you want to see Ozil finish his career in China?
“I’ve nothing against China, but for a player like Ozil, that cannot happen.
“I think the club needs Ozil. Ozil needs to understand that and he must get over his frustration and try to fight until the end. To somehow save his pride.”
The ex-French midfielder went on to suggest that Ozil’s retirement from international football following Germany’s disastrous World Cup last summer has had a negative effect on him.
Ozil has managed three goals and one assist in 13 Premier League games this season.