Jack Wilshere thinks Mesut Ozil would have been a “big player” for Arsenal this season if Mikel Arteta hadn’t left him out of his Premier League squad.
The former Real Madrid man has been completely cast out at Arsenal, and it appears like his time at the club is drawing to a close.
He is out of contract with the Gunners at the end of this current season, and it looks unlikely that he will sign another deal.
The 31-year-old has rarely featured since Arteta took over as manager at the Emirates Stadium and was left out of their Premier League and Europa League squads until at least January.
But Wilshere reckons Ozil could have been the answer to the Gunners’ lack of creativity in recent matches.
“I think he’d be a big player in that team,” Wilshere told Sky Sports. “I would love to see Ozil play in that team under Arteta but obviously that’s not happening at the moment. He could get on the ball and feed the likes of [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and [Alexandre] Lacazette.
“I loved playing with him. He was a top player. It’s a shame, but what is happening is happening, and no one knows but I’m sure everyone will find out one day.”
Wilshere was released by the Hammers in the summer. He is still currently a free agent despite being linked with clubs across Europe and in the MLS.
“I’m in a position now where I can make a decision based on footballing reasons and pick the team that I think I could fit into,” Wilshere said.
“I will have a look at the team, the players, the league they’re in and how the manager wants to play. I don’t think being at a smaller club like West Ham really suited me. There have been a few talks with clubs, but nothing that I have ever fancied quite yet.”
On where he could move, Wilshere added: “I don’t think I have a preference to be honest. It has to be the right club for footballing reasons whether that is in England, Spain, North America or anywhere, across Asia.
“I’m up for trying anything and I think at this point I have to be as well because I have been at a top club in England, I’ve been at a smaller club and I’m realistic to know that the chances of getting a big, big club in England are slim, so it might have to be somewhere else I have to look.”