‘Mesut Ozil could move to PSG in swap deal for Adrien Rabiot’, claims former Arsenal star Perry Groves
Arsenal manager Unai Emery is ‘fed up’ with Mesut Ozil and could look to offload him to former club Paris Saint-Germain, according to Perry Groves.
In exchange, the former winger believes the Gunners could bring in French midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who looks set to leave the Ligue 1 champions.
Ozil, Arsenal’s highest-paid player, has been frozen out of the team in recent games amid reports that Emery is unhappy with the midfielder’s work rate and attitude.
The German star – who signed a new £350,000-a-week contract less than a year ago – has played just 20 minutes of football since the middle of November and was dropped from the squad for this week’s north London derby defeat to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup.
Arsenal legend Ray Parlour told talkSPORT on Friday that Emery was making a statement with his Ozil snub.
And Groves believes the Spaniard has had enough with the playmaker after giving him plenty of chances to prove his worth since taking over in the summer.
“As a footballer I’m a big fan of Mesut Ozil’s, because sometimes when you watch him play for Arsenal – and it is sometimes – he does things that he makes look ridiculously easy,” he told talkSPORT host Jim White.
“But obviously Unai Emery now just doesn’t fancy him.
“He’s given Ozil so many chances – he made him one of his five captains, he’s played him in the ten role, he’s played him on the right of a three and behind the main striker.
“I think he’s just got fed up with him now.
“His work rate is questionable when Arsenal want to go and press, so he can’t do that, and against Chelsea he got the hook because he was ineffective.
“He had a niggling injury against Fulham, he had a virus, they had a reported bust up before the West Ham game where Emery was supposed to have told him in no uncertain terms that he is the manager and you’re going to play how I want you to play.
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“Ozil is not being indulged anymore at Arsenal, because Arsene Wenger used to indulge him.”
It has been claimed Emery is looking to ship the German playmaker out on loan in the January transfer window as he does not fit in with the manager’s long-term plan at the Emirates.
Inter Milan have been linked with an interest in the 30-year-old, but believes a move to the French champions is more likely.
“I think PSG could be an option for him,” added the two-time first division winner.
“One, they can pay his wages, but two, they’ve got the lad Adrien Rabiot. Emery likes him because he plays in the ten role but also works hard.
“He’s at an impasse with PSG at the moment because he won’t a sign a new contract and he can talk to clubs on January 1.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a little swap deal on the cards.”
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