Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are not providing the “output” to justify their big-money Arsenal contracts, says Ian Wright.
The Gunners invested heavily in the two creative influences early in 2018, with fresh terms handed to World Cup winner Ozil, while a lucrative deal was presented to a new arrival Mkhitaryan.
Mkhitaryan is also struggling to prove his worth, with just two goals recorded this season by a man who was hauled off at half-time during Sunday’s thrilling north London derby win over Tottenham.
Arsenal icon Wright believes more is to be expected of two proven performers, telling Radio 5 Live: “As good as Mkhitaryan and Ozil are, in respect to what they’re earning we’re talking about £500,000-a-week.
“I do not believe Arsenal can afford to be paying that sort of money without getting a return, especially when you look at what they’re trying to do at the moment.
“You’re going to lose [Aaron] Ramsey as well, who probably wants £200,000, so we’re going up to £700,000-a-week in money that we’re going to have to give.
“Surely you’ve got to find three or four players that you can pay a lot of money to that will give you the output you want.”
Ozil has been a divisive figure throughout his time at Emirates Stadium, with consistency an issue ever since he completed a £42.5 million ($54m) move from Real Madrid.
The 30-year-old continues to cause the same concerns, with Wright of the opinion that a man with undoubted ability needs to offer more than just assists.
He added: “The thing with him is, do you think he’s someone that can adapt? He’s an unbelievable player but can he do it? I don’t know if he can.
“I had Arsenal fans coming over to me saying he’s had 19 assists. Thierry Henry had 20 assists and 30 odd goals – and he done it twice!
“Is that what we want, just assists? Is that what you’re going to throw in my face? And a hat-trick against Ludogorets!”