Mikel Arteta has been warned he could be making a mistake by leaving Mesut Ozil out of his Arsenal plans.
The Gunners boss has been told that Ozil has “never worked hard” throughout his career – and that what the midfielder brings doesn't depend on graft.
Former Premier League striker Gabby Agbonlahor, who gave the warning says the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alex Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe “need” the kind of service the former Germany international can provide.
“Everyone goes on about that he doesn’t work hard,” the ex-Aston Villa forward told talkSPORT. “He’s never worked hard since he made his debut as a footballer. It’s not his style.
“But what he does offer is that he will get the ball in the pockets and he’ll make something happen.
“When teams will play defensive against Arsenal they need someone to break them down.
“Aubameyang needs Ozil’s services. Lacazette needed it. Pepe needed it. I just don’t understand why you would be that stubborn to leave him out of the 25-man squad.
“There must be something else going on there. Does Arteta want to be Mr Firm? I’m the one who has left Ozil out. It doesn’t make sense to me.”
Aubameyang scored Arsenal's winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
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