Kia Joorabchian believes the ongoing issue between Arsenal and Mesut Ozil is ‘pure stupidity’ from both sides and says the midfielder’s agent should be doing more to salvage the situation.
Joorabchian, who represents Willian and Philippe Coutinho, thinks there are no ‘winners’ in the current situation and that Ozil’s agent should have found a solution this summer window.
Despite being Arsenal’s highest-paid player, Ozil has not played for the gunners since March and was even left out of Mikel Arteta’s squads for the Premier League and Europa League.
Ozil has criticised the decision to leave him out – which will likely mean he doesn’t play any competitive football match until January – saying he is unhappy that his ‘loyalty’ has not been reciprocated by Arsenal.
But Joorabchian believes the entire situation between the German star and Arsenal is foolish and that it should have been resolved before now.
‘I don’t see any winners in this situation,’ he told Talksport. ‘Ozil is not teaching Arsenal a lesson by sitting out and not playing, and Arsenal are not teaching Ozil a lesson by omitting him from the Premier League squad.
‘I don’t see who wins in a situation where you don’t find an agreement between each other.
‘It’s just pure stupidity. I think it’s the essential role of the agent not just to bring high transfers to clubs, but also where there’s a problem to fix it. I think that’s what the role and job title says.
‘There was a situation at Everton where Theo Walcott wasn’t going to get enough game time and so he moved to Southampton, because they were very proactive.
‘The role of the agent in the case of Mesut is to ensure he plays. ‘He’s a big player, but he just doesn’t fit the Arsenal mould today. He has a lot of talent, he’s a World Cup winner, this is a player who should be playing somewhere right now.’