Mesut Ozil could become surplus to requirements at Arsenal, says Paul Merson, with the World Cup winner singing from a different hymn sheet to the rest of Unai Emery’s squad.
While there is no doubting the midfielder’s ability, his value to the Gunners cause is being questioned.
Arsenal starred against Spurs without a key playmaker on the field and Merson believes the display in a thrilling 4-2 win has highlighted how Emery can cope with alternative options.
The former Gunners star told Sky Sports: “I'm a big fan of Ozil but if Arsenal are going to play like they did against Spurs, work like that as a team and close down, you can't have one not buying into it.
“It doesn't matter how good you are because everybody has got to be singing off the same hymn sheet, and I don't see that with him.”
Ozil is now facing a race against time to prove his fitness ahead of a Premier League trip to Manchester United on Wednesday.
If he is absent once more, then it could be that Aaron Ramsey is drafted back into an attacking midfield post.
The Wales international started a derby date with Tottenham on the bench, but entered the fold at half-time to deliver two vital assists.
There have been calls for Arsenal to re-open contract talks with the 27-year-old on the back of that display, but Merson believes a player who has already seen an offer taken off the table is destined to drop into the free agent pool next summer.
He added: “I think Ramsey's future is sorted. I know how it works in football. I'd be shocked if his agent hasn't already got a deal from elsewhere on the table and it's as good as agreed without him being able to sign yet.
“Ramsey's going to keep playing where he can because he's a good player. Unai Emery is not going to chop his nose off to spite his face, which I like.
“I know Ramsey hasn't been playing from the start but Emery does turn to him a lot. He turns to him almost straight away when he needs him like against Tottenham and Ramsey delivers. All credit to him as well, he's a very good pro.”