Cesc Fabregas does not believe Mesut Ozil has what it takes to be the leader that Arsenal need.
The Gunners’ season ended in disastrous fashion as they slumped to a 4-1 defeat by Chelsea in the Europa League final after the Blues ran riot in the second half in Baku.
The result means the north London side miss out on Europe’s premier club competition next term and confines them to another season in the Europa League.
Mesut Ozil has been widely criticised following Arsenal’s Europa League final defeat
Cesc Fabregas does not believe the World Cup winner has what it takes to be a leader
Ozil, who exited the game to a smattering of boos from the Arsenal fans in the 77th minute, had little to no impact in the final game of another forgettable season.
And Fabregas thinks the German is the type of player that will thrive when surrounded by the very best and doesn’t have the qualities to carry a team.
‘I think sometimes you just have it inside or you don’t have it,’ the former Arsenal captain told BT Sport.
Fabregas (right) says Ozil (left) is the type of player who will only thrive in the very best teams
‘When he was at Real Madrid he was surrounded by top top players and one of the best players in the history of the sport in Cristiano Ronaldo.
‘I’m not taking anything away from Mesut, he played top football there, but once you step down a little bit, because we can all agree Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich they are top three, you have to show yourself a little bit more because you don’t have the same quality around you.
‘The club buys you to be the actual leader around the club. I don’t think Mesut has that in him to carry. I don’t train with him everyday, but I don’t think he has it in him to be leader.’
The 30-year-old has two years remaining on his contract but fans are calling for him to go