Former English footballer Martin Keown has slammed Arsenal for failing to retain Aaron Ramsey this summer despite his performance for the club.
The 52-year-old said Ozil should have been let instead of Ramsey.
The Welsh midfielder scored the opener for the Gunners against Napoli in the first leg of the quarter-final last night.
However, Ramsey was the target for the North London side in their 2-0 win over the Italian side.
Keown has called the situation a “sad” one but says Ramsey is not to blame.
“He’s at his peak, and he’s leaving to go to another football club,” Keown told BT Sport.
“I think he’s been harshly treated. I know there’s been the Ozil situation and if I was picking between Ozil and Ramsey, it’d have to be Ramsey.”
“It’s a sad situation. He’s a victim of circumstances. He’s continued to mature as a player and develop.
“He’s a real leader in this Arsenal team. Playing in a deeper role, as he did under Arsene Wenger, I think that’s the best role for him if you want him and Ozil in the same team.
“He’s so important to everything they do. It’s the energy and the quality at the end of it. He really has become an outstanding technician.”