Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood believes Unai Emery must keep Mesut Ozil on side at Arsenal and advised him to tell him whatever he needs to hear – even if it’s not true
The German playmaker has missed Arsenal’s last four games after coming off with a knee problem at half-time in the club’s 1-1 Boxing Day draw at Brighton.
Gunners boss Emery has previously also left out Ozil from his matchday squad for “tactical reasons”, but Sherwood believes the Spaniard would be well advised to not “burn any bridges” with Arsenal’s highest earner.
“Surely he has to get Ozil on side? He’s one of his best players,” Sherwood told Sky Sports.
“You can’t burn bridges with a player who is on £350,000 a week and is sitting there doing nothing.
“You have to get him on side and get him on the pitch and do his best to make the team better.
“Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira are good at what they do, but they cannot see the pass like Ozil.
“Get him on side again, talk to him, get your arm around him and tell him what he needs to be told, even if you mean it or you don’t, you tell him and make him feel like he’s the main man, because Ozil on form is better than anything that Arsenal have got.
“Not only that, he is eating away at that wage bill, it’s wasted money if he’s not on the pitch. Get him on the pitch.
“It might be against your principles, but if you want to get results you are better with him in the team than without him in the team.”
Ozil has managed three goals and one assist in 13 Premier League games this season.