MARTIN KEOWN has claimed that Mesut Ozil could have been Arsenal's 'best player ever' if he had Kieran Tierney's determination.
German World Cup winner Ozil's eight-year stay at the Gunners is set to end this month following interest from Turkish giants Fenerbahce.
The 32-year-old was once the fan's firm favourite but inconsistency coupled with his £350,000-a-week wages have since made him a divided figure.
Ozil has not played football since March 2020 and was axed from both of Arsenal’s 25-man squads for the top flight and Europa League.
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SunSport revealed that the playmaker will offer Mikel Arteta the chance to get him out of the club this month.
Keown has admitted his sadness that Ozil will end up leaving north London with a legacy of unfulfilled potential.
And the Arsenal legend claimed the ex-Real Madrid star could have proved the Emirates' best ever if he was more like the Gunners latest hero Tierney.
He told talkSPORT: “It hurts me that a player of that talent can’t get on the football pitch, it’s a crying shame.
“For me, he doesn’t go down as a legend, because he doesn’t match the energy and determination of legends that I’ve seen at that football club.
“If he had Tierney’s determination, coupled with that ability, he might’ve gone down as the best player ever to play for Arsenal.
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“He’s become calculated in the way that he’s undermining the club with tweets, and I think it’s now time to go.”
SunSport recently revealed that Arsenal would need to pay the remainder of Ozil's deal – which still has six months to run – to shift him this month.
Turkish club Fenerbahce are working hard to try to sign Ozil but an agreement is far from in place.
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