MESUT OZIL should QUIT Arsenal this month or face being 'physically in trouble', according to club icon William Gallas.
The German playmaker, 32, hasn't played a competitive game since March 2020 – when he started the 1-0 win over West Ham.
Ozil was famously left out of Mikel Arteta's Premier League and Europa League squads at the start of the season.
And the £350,000-a-week star has since been left to rot in the stands.
Ozil has been linked with a move to Fenerbahce and even the MLS.
While the ex-Real Madrid star is available on a free in the summer, Gallas reckons Ozil should look to force a move now or risk a creaking body when he finally returns to action.
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When asked if Ozil leaving this month would be in the interests of both player and club, Gallas told PlayOJO: "Maybe…
"It’s been a long time since he last played and I’m sure he’s frustrated.
"When you don’t play, physically you’ll be in trouble when you come back.
"If he can leave, he should leave."
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Gallas continued by saying Arsenal must make a decision soon, but sympathised by Arteta having to deal with the 'politics' of football.
The Frenchman added: "I don’t think the board want Ozil so right now they need to find a solution and let him go to another club.
"It isn’t easy for anyone from the outside to understand that situation.
"I don’t know whether it was board or Arteta that left him out of the squad.
"I’m sure Arteta is feeling pressure with the situation as Ozil was a top player, so if he made the decision to leave him out, it shows real character.
"If it’s a decision from the board, it's creating a lot of pressure for Arteta as he is the one who has to make sure the team are performing to the same level without Ozil.
"Arsenal don’t want him anymore so they have to find a solution.
"Sometimes there’s too much politics in football, so it’s not easy to be a manager."
Arsenal have bounced back with three straight Premier League wins after their worst start to a season since 1974-75.
And while winning the title is off the table, Gallas reckons the Gunners should still be targeting a Champions League spot.
Gallas continued: "Could they win the Premier League? No, I don’t think so.
"I don’t think they have the squad to win the Premier League.
"But to qualify for the Champions League or Europa League? Why not.
"Arteta can be the right manager but it also depends on the players.
"You can plan strategy for the week, but if the players don’t respond very well, you lose.
"So for me, the players have to do the job properly."
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