KEVIN CAMPBELL has urged Arsenal to sell Mesut Ozil and join Manchester United in the transfer race for Jack Grealish.
The former Gunners marksman reckons the North Londoners should cash in on the German as he feels the 31-year-old is past his best.
Ozil has a contract until the summer of 2021 at the Emirates, where he earns a staggering £350,000-a-week.
The 31-year-old seems to have rediscovered his form under Mikel Arteta and started all 10 Premier League games that he was in charge but club chiefs have not opened talks over a contract extension.
Campbell told the Metro: “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.
“We’re being shown up by the likes of Sheffield United, Chris Wilder who has done a fantastic job there, they haven’t got the quality that Arsenal have but they’re above us in the league. Why?
“Because they’ve got a system and they fight, grab and battle, and they’ve got some quality there as well. If we can’t match these teams, we don’t deserve to be up there.”
Grealish has long been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top transfer target as he looks to bolster his Red Devils squad with young, exciting talent.
He has made 31 appearances this season, scoring nine goals with eight assists.
The England star has three years left on his £60,000-a-week contract and doesn’t have a buy-out clause.
Villa are willing to offer him a new deal but boss Dean Smith admitted before the coronavirus crisis that the club had no chance of keeping their star man if they were relegated.