Wenger 'can't trust Ozil any more' says Keown

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 28/09/2017

Wenger 'can't trust Ozil any more' says Keown

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can no longer trust Mesut Ozil as he looks to be pushing for a move away from Emirate says Martin Keown.

The 28-year-old playmaker has been a regular throughout his time with the North London club, with the FA Cup holders sign £42.5 million him from La Liga defending champions Real Madrid in 2013.

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The World Cup winner with Germany Ozil has been a regular source of assists down the years, but his value as a luxury playmaker has been questioned at times.

Having also entered the final 12 months of his current contract, Keown believes that Ozil could now be phased out of Arsenal with a slight knock keeping him out of a recent trip to Chelsea, before only being named on the bench for Monday’s Premier League victory over West Brom.

Former Gunners defender Keown told Radio 5 Live during that contest: “Ozil is the one I wouldn’t trust as much mentally, and I believe he’s not playing tonight because the gaffer really can’t trust him anymore.

“I think it’s a huge story that Ozil doesn’t play tonight.

“If you look at their pre-season, Ozil wasn’t in the German squad in the summer, he came back on the very first day of pre-season, and didn’t then start the season, there was a bit of suspicion around him.

“Last year he went missing for a couple of months and I think that’s his tactic in terms of getting away from the football club.

“I don’t know, but I have a feeling that he’s going to take his reliability away from selection.”

Ozil now faces a fight to recapture a starting berth, with Arsenal having looked more resolute in picking up back-to-back clean sheets against Chelsea and West Brom.

They also shut out Doncaster in the Carabao Cup and are now unbeaten in five outings since the international break winning four of those games.

Wenger’s side are next in action in the Europa League on Thursday, when they face BATE in Belarus before hosting Premier League newcomer Brighton Hove on Sunday at Emirate.