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Ozil is out of contract at the end of the season and is showing no signs of putting pen to paper on an extension at the Emirates.
And Keown reckons it’s time Wenger started preparing for life without the Germany international, especially after his performance in Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.
The former Arsenal defender reckons Wilshere, who came on at the Etihad and made a difference, should be recalled to inject more creativity into the Gunners’ midfield.
“This defeat proved that it is time for Jack Wilshere to return to Arsenal’s first team,” Keown wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“Arsene Wenger’s game plan was to stop Manchester City playing and for periods, it worked. But where was Arsenal’s midfield creativity?
“They were not able to play the way they wanted in the final third and that is where Wilshere would have made a difference.
“He commits defenders, he creates space, he finds that pass for Alexis Sanchez or Alexandre Lacazette.
“Sanchez and Mesut Ozil did not have good games. If they are not going to sign contracts, then Arsenal have to start looking to the future.
“Does Wenger play Wilshere instead of Ozil, or in midfield in place of Granit Xhaka?”