Kevin Campbell believes Arsenal should consider offloading Mesut Ozil this summer and replace him with someone like Jack Grealish.
Grealish has emerged as one of Manchester United’s top transfer targets this summer and the 24-year-old is expected to leave his boyhood club Aston Villa at the end of the season.
Campbell believes the Gunners should also be in the race to sign Grealish following the midfielder’s impressive displays for Aston Villa this season, despite which their still tipped by this football betting guide to go down, claiming the England international should be brought in to replace the ageing Ozil.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, the former Arsenal striker said:
‘Arsenal need an all-rounder in midfield, Arsenal need someone in the middle of the pitch who not only can create, he can break the play up, but he’s got legs, we miss that. We’ve been a strong spine for years,’
‘There was talk of should we go for Jack Grealish or James Maddison, these type of guys would improve Arsenal.
‘No disrespect to Mesut Ozil, but Ozil is on the wrong side of his Arsenal career with a year left on his contract after this.
‘But we need someone who’s going to be in there with legs, we need creativity, and someone that when the games not going particularly well, he can get stuck in and knuckle down as well.’
Ozil’s current Emirates deal expires at the end of next season and with no talks of an extension on the horizon, the Gunners may look to cash in on the German providing they can find a club able to match his wage demands.
Grealish would be seen by many of the Emirates faithful as an ideal summer signing for the club to make.
However, the Gunners would face competition from not only Manchester United, but Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid are also all reportedly keeping an eye on Grealish, who could cost at least £60million.