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‘Go quietly’ – Keown sends message to Mesut Ozil after Europa League snub

Keown thinks it’s time for Ozil to go (Picture: Getty)

Martin Keown has told Mesut Ozil to ‘leave and go quietly’ after he was left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad.

The former Arsenal centre-half is convinced that Mikel Arteta doesn’t fancy Ozil because of his lack of work rate and doesn’t think he’s a good influence on younger players at the club.

After Ozil was chopped from Arsenal’s 25-man Europa League squad, there is a sense that he will not play another game for the Gunners after seven years of service.

And Keown believes the time has come for Arsenal to pay him off and for him to leave quietly so the two parties can move on.

‘One assumes that Arteta would’ve given him an opportunity and he’s not really happy with Ozil’s work ethic,’ Keown told TalkSport.

‘He’s not someone the others can learn off. I actually think he’s got a good heart, because of what he does for charity, but when he questions giving up a percentage of his wage which affects everyone else, I don’t think it’s his place to do that. He needs to fall in line.

Ozil’s future is under the microscope (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)

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