The former Arsenal centre-half is convinced that Mikel Arteta doesn’t fancy Ozil because of his lack of work rate and doesn’t think he’s a good influence on younger players at the club.
After Ozil was chopped from Arsenal’s 25-man Europa League squad, there is a sense that he will not play another game for the Gunners after seven years of service.
And Keown believes the time has come for Arsenal to pay him off and for him to leave quietly so the two parties can move on.
‘One assumes that Arteta would’ve given him an opportunity and he’s not really happy with Ozil’s work ethic,’ Keown told TalkSport.
‘He’s not someone the others can learn off. I actually think he’s got a good heart, because of what he does for charity, but when he questions giving up a percentage of his wage which affects everyone else, I don’t think it’s his place to do that. He needs to fall in line.
‘If you think of the money it’s costing Arsenal… £18million-a-year, that the equivalent of the interest payments when they took out a loan on the Emirates Stadium.
‘That’s how restrictive that has been. They need to cut their losses and pay him off.
‘It sends a message to the group, creates a new culture, and allows them to move on, because at the moment it’s become unhealthy.
‘Nobody will be happy with this, nobody wants to see the back of Ozil.
‘He can be fantastic somewhere else. He needs to look at himself right now and I don’t think he is.
‘It’s that oxygen when you play, you can breathe when you play and he can’t breathe at the moment.
‘Isn’t there enough money in the bank now? It’s a short career and he’ll look back thinking he was denied the opportunity to play, but he hasn’t played his part to change that.’