Arsenal legend Ian Wright has questioned both Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s output this season.
Ozil has not been seen for two weeks. After being dropped for the 2-1 win at Bournemotuh, the playmaker missed out at home to Tottenham after suffering from back spasms.
Arsenal icon Wright believes more is to be expected of two proven performers, telling Radio 5 Live: “As good as Mkhitaryan and Ozil are, in respect to what they’re earning we’re talking about £500,000-a-week.
“I do not believe Arsenal can afford to be paying that sort of money without getting a return, especially when you look at what they’re trying to do at the moment.
“You’re going to lose [Aaron] Ramsey as well, who probably wants £200,000, so we’re going up to £700,000-a-week in money that we’re going to have to give.
“Surely you’ve got to find three or four players that you can pay a lot of money to that will give you the output you want.”
Now, more than ever, Jose Mourinho needs his ‘mad dogs’ to emerge in tonights game. If United were to lose to Arsenal, they would be 11 points behind the Gunners after just 15 league games played.
Given United’s failure to go on a run this season – Mourinho’s side have yet to win three league games in a row and have repeatedly struggled in games they are expected to win – that is a huge gap to make up.