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'When Things Go Wrong Again, We Won't Talk About Ozil'

With Mesut Ozil set to leave Arsenal soon, a former Gunners star says people will have to find something new to talk about 'when things go wrong' again.

Read: Wenger Responds To Ozil Leaving Arsenal

The German midfielder landed in Turkey earlier this week as he is set to conclude a move to Fernerbahce after being frozen out by Mikel Arteta.

There was a constant debate about whether Ozil was needed in the side but with him leaving, Winterburn says they can talk about other things.

“That’s the end of Mesut Ozil at Arsenal and now when things go wrong – and things will go wrong again – we won’t be debating whether Ozil should be in the squad, we’ll have much fresher subjects to talk about," he told

“It’s the right thing. You can’t have someone around a club who’s got huge talent but is just not working for you, you have to get them out and move them on.

“I think he’s got terrific talent, I’ve said that all along. He’s played a key part in some of Arsenal’s success but over the last two or three seasons it’s gone downhill for him.

“It didn’t look like he fitted in to Mikel Arteta’s plans. Whether he didn’t want to do the work that Arteta was demanding from him, I don’t know, but his body language didn’t look quite right.

“If you don’t fit into a system then you’ve got to individually perform to a level where the manager simply can’t drop you and force him to reconfigure the team around you, but unfortunately for Ozil his performances didn’t convince Arteta that that’s what he should do.”

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