Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil has been backed to succeed in a more advanced role, if given the opportunity.
Ozil has not been included in Arsenal’s Premier League squad with the former Real Madrid star tipped to leave the club potentially as early as January.
Ozil has not featured for the Gunners since March having been left out by boss Mikel Arteta.
Though former Arsenal star Gilberto Silva believes the World Cup winner would succeed in a role behind the strikers as he begins to think about his future.
Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Tottenham v Arsenal, Silva said: “I’d love to see him play in that Dennis Bergkamp role just off the striker.
“Let him be the guy who gets the ball last before passing it on to the striker. I don’t think anyone has really tried him in that role alongside, or just off, a striker.
“His situation is very tough. It’s sad to see him in the position he’s in at the moment. I’d love to see him on the pitch, helping the club.
“He’s got ability, he’s a World Cup winner, he’s played for big clubs. It seems like the relationship between him and the club has broken up.
“This is the time for Mesut Ozil to make the decision of his life. If there is no possibility for him and the club to find a way to work together, what’s the point in him staying there? I don’t think it’s helpful to anybody.
“Because he is still young, I think he can have many years in front of him playing football and being happy, but I don’t think this is a situation that you can sustain at a club for such a long time.
“It’s not the best way for anybody. I don’t know if I could stay in his situation for so long.
“The one thing he does have, for me, is quality. It’s about finding a way where you can fit Mesut Ozil, find a way to protect him, to help him be the best player he could be.
“If Arsenal have to play with two strong midfielders to protect him, he could easily fit in the system playing behind the striker. But this is about the manager, and I’m just expressing my opinion from the outside looking in.
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“Would Arsenal right now be a better team with him in it? It’s tough to answer. He had opportunities last season that didn’t go well for him or the team. But this kind of thing happens all the time.
“It’s about finding a way to get the best out of him. How can Arsenal use him in their favour? This is something the management has to work out. Does he still have something to offer the club?”