Arsenal should not offer Mesut Ozil a new deal, says Tony McCoy, as the World Cup winner is “not worth feeding, never mind paying a contract”.
The Germany international continues to run down the final 12 months of his current deal at Emirates Stadium.
His agent, Erkut Sogut, recently claimed that “positive” talks have been held regarding an extension, but nothing has been put in place and Ozil continues to generate transfer speculation – with Manchester United among those reported to be keen.
Horse racing legend McCoy, a famous Arsenal supporter, believes the club should cut their losses on the 29-year-old, with his commitment to the cause no longer at a level which is beneficial to Arsene Wenger.
McCoy told the Only Balls and Horses podcast on events in north London: “It’s been pretty disappointing, same old, same old.
“I’ve always been a fan of Arsene Wenger, I’d never say anything bad about him.
“The football’s pretty much the same. But we’ve got players there who are floating.
“Ozil is not worth feeding, never mind paying a contract. He doesn’t look like he wants to be there. I wouldn’t let him anywhere near an Arsenal shirt.”
Ozil did little to silence his detractors in his most recent outing, as he missed a gilt-edged chance during a 2-1 defeat to Watford.
Arsenal were questioned as a collective in the wake of that reversal, with Troy Deeney accusing them of lacking “cojones”, and McCoy admits the display was not good enough.
He added: “To be fair, against Watford on Saturday, I’d be a little bit embarrassed.
“They can say whatever they like about Troy Deeney but he was only telling the truth.
“Some people don’t like the truth but that’s the fact of the matter. They were too complacent, not aggressive enough for me, no intensity.”
Arsenal return to action on Thursday when they face Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League.