Arsenal hero Liam Brady has given his verdict on Mesut Ozil, believing the German is “not a good guy”.
Ozil was left out of the Gunners’ Premier League squad by Mikel Arteta with many having expected the former Real Madrid star to leave in the summer.
He could depart this month though is perhaps more likely to stay until his Emirates contract ends in June.
And Brady, who was part of Arsenal’s 1979 FA Cup winning team, believes Arteta’s treatment of Ozil is fair.
Brady told Keys & Gray: The Podcast: “I don’t blame Arteta over Ozil. He gave Ozil plenty of chances and he performed for a couple of months.
“Ozil just reverted back to type. He’s not a good guy in the dressing room, he’s not a good guy on the pitch.
“I’ve no problem with Mikel bombing him.”
Ozil is pocketing £350,000 per week despite not featuring for Arsenal at all.
His last appearance came back in March with Arteta also leaving the World Cup winner out of his Europa League squad.
And Brady believes Ozil should have been shown the door long ago, adding: “(Ivan) Gazidis should have let him go on a free three years ago.
“We should have spent what we are paying him over three years – around £50m – on a good young player instead of having him around the place.”
Arteta has previously admitted he “failed” with Ozil after leaving him out of his 25-man Premier League squad.
The boss said earlier this season: “My conscience is very calm because I have been really fair.
“What I can say from my side is that it is just a football decision. My level of communication with him has been really high and we know what to expect with each other.
“Obviously a player of that dimension, with the career he has had, everything that happens around him has a big impact.
“It has been the case for the last eight years, it is nothing new that is just happening now. A lot of things have happened over these eight years.
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“My job is to get the best out of every player, to contribute to the team performance.
“Here I feel at the moment, today, that I have failed. I want the best possible Mesut for the team.
“And in some moments I was able to get close to that, and at the moment I have not been able to do it because I have to make the decision to leave him out of the squad.”