Arsenal legend Ray Parlour on Mesut Ozil snub: ‘Unai Emery doesn’t want another Neymar’
Ray Parlour believes Arsenal manager Unai Emery is trying to ensure he doesn’t end up in another star player power battle with his recent handling of Mesut Ozil.
The Gunners’ highest-paid player has been absent from a number of games this season and was dropped from the squad for this week’s north London derby defeat to Tottenham in the EFL Cup.
Emery confirmed after the game that his decision not to pick the German was for ‘tactical reasons’ and not due to injury, with reports claiming the boss is unhappy with the midfielder’s work rate and attitude.
Ozil’s recent fall down the Arsenal pecking order under the new manager has led to transfer reports saying he could leave the club in January on loan.
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And Gunners legend Parlour believes Emery was making a statement with his snub against Spurs, saying he doesn’t want to encounter ‘another Neymar’ following his struggles at previous club Paris Saint-Germain.
Speaking on Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Parlour said: “Ozil is not featuring and he wasn’t even in the squad against Spurs, so that’s a bit of a worry for fans.
“Something has gone wrong behind the scenes, probably in training his attitude has not been right.
“When you get left out you’ve got to come back and make sure your attitude is spot on. You’ve got to show the manager you mean business and you’re going to fight for your place and maybe he hasn’t done that.
“So Emery had made that big decision.
“He’s probably looking at it thinking, ‘I don’t want another Neymar’ – he got Emery the sack at PSG.”
Fellow Arsenal legend David Seaman told talkSPORT on Thursday it would be a massive blow to the club if they lost Ozil in January, especially with Aaron Ramsey already heading out the door.
“I don’t want to see quality players leaving Arsenal. We’ve got the Ramsey situation coming up in the summer, so you don’t want to see Ozil and players of that sort of quality leaving the club.” – David Seaman on talkSPORT
But Parlour has admitted he can’t find a place for the German star in the current Gunners team.
He added: “As Dave says, you don’t want to see quality players going, but is there a place for him in the side?
“I don’t know when you’d put him in the side at the moment.
“If you play three at the back it’s very hard to put him in, and if you play four at the back there’s one spare place in the midfield but Emery might look at it and think other players deserve the opportunity over Ozil.”
Source: Prem News