Mesut Ozil’s recent displays for Arsenal have “stunk” in a damning assessment by former Premier League player Tony Cascarino.
The German has been a peripheral figure ever since Unai Emery succeeded Arsene Wenger last summer.
Under the Frenchman he earned a bumper deal to become the club’s highest earner and seemed to be undroppable.
Emery though hasn’t had any time for perceived luxury players and challenged Ozil to earn a spot in the starting XI – something he has so far been unable to do.
But Cascarino is shocked by the German’s willingness to sit on the bench and fail to grasp his opportunities.
“A lot has been said about Ozil, there’s one thing from the outside that bothers me,” he said on the Weekend Sports Breakfas t.
“Certainly from a World Cup winner, a very experienced player, been a captain – is how comfortable he seems to feel with him saying absolutely nothing about being left out, been dropped from squads.
“And I’m not thinking there should be this huge battle and him saying things in the press.
“But I feel like there needs to be much more fight from him to be in this team or to be part of this squad.
“Some of his performances stunk of no real inner fight to actually prove that he is going to take a game by the scruff of the neck.”
Ozil has been increasingly linked with move away from the Emirates but finding a team to take on his huge wages has been a major sticking point.
The 30-year-old is of Turkish descent so has been linked to the likes of Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Besiktas.
But they cannot afford his weekly wages which exceed £300,000-a-week meaning a move to China may be his only way out.