Tony Cascarino bemused by calls for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to recall Mesut Ozil, saying ‘there is nothing to justify’ German playing for Gunners
Tony Cascarino is bemused by calls for Mesut Ozil to return to the Arsenal team.
The 32-year-old has been exiled from the Gunners senior squad, despite being the club’s highest earner on £350,000-a-week.
He has not played a minute of football since March and was not included in Arsenal’s 25-man Premier League squad for the 2020/21 season.
During his absence, the Gunners have failed to score from open play in 450 minutes of Premier League football, winning just one of their past five matches.
This poor form, combined with Ozil’s outcasting, has resulted in doubts over manager Mikel Arteta and his decision to axe the playmaker.
But former Chelsea and Ireland forward Cascarino cannot believe people want Ozil back in the team given his performances when he last played.
Casc said on Sunday’s Weekend Sports Breakfast: “Well I don’t know how you can justify him being in the starting line-up. First of all, he’s not even in the 25-man squad!
“The last six games he played for Arsenal, he was subbed in every match. They lost to Olympiakos 2-1 at the Emirates.
“I read the match report this morning because I didn’t even remember if he played, then I read he was on the fringes of the game, lacklustre and not much more.
“He’s obviously a player that is pulling up no trees at all in any shape or form.
“Now, Arteta has made a call. When you’re the highest paid football player at your club, there is an expectation on you and a reliance on you to perform and change games.
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“I don’t see how anyone can make a case for Mesut Ozil being in the team; I just don’t see it.
“We’re talking about how good he was in the past, how good he was when he first arrived at Arsenal, how good he was when he was playing for Germany and winning the World Cup, how good he was when he was at Real Madrid.
“We’re not talking about Mesut Ozil in the last year or 18 months, because there is nothing to justify why he would be in the team.
“I don’t get it. I don’t understand it.”