Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has said that Mesut Ozil’s career with the Gunners may be reaching a conclusion following his snub for the Premier League clash at Manchester United. The former Germany international has struggled for gametime under manager Unai Emery this term and he has been afforded with just one league appearance from the opening seven games.
Speaking after the 1-1 draw between United and Arsenal, Parlour said that Emery is brave after taking the decision to ignore Ozil for the matchday squad. He added that the German faces an uncertain future hereafter and the recent snub against the Reds may be the last straw, he told: “He’s been brave by doing it because Ozil is a World Cup winner and he’s on a massive contract at Arsenal. But he did probably need someone like Ozil last night to open the door for Aubameyang; he didn’t get a lot of service did he? But Ozil… I don’t know what the future holds for him. I think that could be the last straw.”
The Gunners are scheduled to face Standard Liege at home during Thursday’s Europa League group stage and the match should witness the return of Ozil. The 30-year-old has been named as one of the alternatives to Granit Xhaka for the captain’s armband and it won’t be a surprise, if he is handed with the leadership duties with widespread changes expected from the recent league outing at Old Trafford.
Arsenal are currently fourth in the Premier League table after seven matches but they need to improve on the defensive display in order to sustain a top-four spot until the end of the season. In terms of the Europa League, they are currently at the top of their group after the 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on the road. The north London side should have no difficulty in making the knockout stage of the competition.