Parlour says the Gunners are not missing the German playmaker, after he was absent for Sunday’s north London derby win over Tottenham
Ray Parlour has told talkSPORT Arsenal should keep Aaron Ramsey and offload Mesut Ozil instead.
The Gunners produced a terrific attacking performance as they beat north London rivals Tottenham 4-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, extending their undefeated run to 19 games.
But they did so without German playmaker Ozil.
The World Cup winner was expected to return to the team having been dropped for the 2-1 win over Bournemouth, but – according to manager Unai Emery – he was ruled out with back spasm.
Meanwhile, Ramsey has been praised for his attitude as he continues to make a big impact in the Arsenal team, despite having only a few months to run on his contract, and played a key role in the win over Spurs after coming on at half-time.
The Welshman will leave the Emirates for NOTHING in the summer after the Gunners refused to meet his wage demands and decided not to offer him a new deal.
Ramsey v Ozil – THE STATS
AARON RAMSEY – Appearances: 350; Goals: 61; Assists: 63
MESUT OZIL – Appearances: 208; Goals: 41; Assists: 72
But Parlour has told talkSPORT Ramsey should be the one staying at the club, insisting they need him more than absent star Ozil.
“My personal decision would be that I’d rather keep Ramsey than Ozil,” the Gunners legend said on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“I think Aaron brings a little bit to the team.
“Mesut Ozil is a great player, I’m not doubting that, but you can leave him out. We didn’t miss him yesterday, whereas I thought Ramsey made an impact in the second half.
“Aaron has been there a long time, he’s been there for ten years, so you’ve got to look that as well.
“Some players would sulk and say, ‘I’m leaving at the end of the season, so it doesn’t really matter’, but his attitude has been spot on.
“He knows he’s leaving at the end of the season, but he was brilliant in mid-week in the Europa League.
“I would rather have Aaron Ramsey.”