Ian Wright feels the situation surrounding Mesut Ozil is “devastating” as the player remains frozen out of first-team action.
The German playmaker has less than a year remaining on his current contract and will leave Arsenal next summer when it expires.
Once regarded a club hero, he has become an increasingly maligned figure at Arsenal due to his nonchalant demeanour and sub-standard performances, but Wright feels Ozil could still have an impact if he showed the right desire.
“If you could have got Mesut Ozil onside in this particular team with the way this manager thinks with the intensity that we now have he is literally the perfect player,” he said on The Kelly and Wrighty Show. “But it doesn’t seem like this is going to happen.
“It doesn’t seem like there is (a way back). I was at the ground the other day and he was walking around, he looked happy enough.
“The confusing thing for me is everybody knows that if you do buy into Arteta’s game plan then you are probably going to get in there.
“I just find it really sad that we haven’t got anybody that can convince him or make Ozil understand that even if you are going to leave.”
Ozil featured regularly for boss Mikel Arteta following the Spaniards appointment as manager but failed to register a single appearance following Project Restart.
He was left out of Arsenal’s season opening trip to Fulham last weekend and looks unlikely to be involved in the clash with West Ham this Saturday.
The 31-year-old has reportedly been offered opportunities elsewhere this summer but insists on staying at Arsenal to see out the final months of his deal.
His £350,000-per-week wage has become a regular stick to beat the midfielder with, but Wright hinted the criticism was fair given Ozil’s efforts in return.
“At the end of the day he is still paid to be a footballer for that club and so while he is there you want him to do the best he can for them,” Wright said.
“Now if his attitude isn’t right in training or whatever and the manager isn’t seeing it, I just find it devastating that we can’t get somebody to make him understand how integral he is to what we could be doing right now.”