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EMMANUEL PETIT wants Arsene Wenger to be ruthless on deadline day and swap Riyad Mahrez for Mesut Ozil.

Arsenal look set to have a busy end to the summer transfer window with speculation surrounding a number of their players.

 Another Premier League star whose future is up in the air is that of Leicester ace Mahrez.
The Algerian wants to cut tie with the Foxes and Arsenal have been linked with him for several months.

Petit believes Mahrez would fit in perfectly at the Gunners and insists Wenger should snap him up tomorrow.

Petit told SFR Sport: “[Mahrez] knows the Premier League by heart, and has an incredible impact in it. He’s the kind of player cruelly lacking for Arsenal down the right.

“I say stop focusing on the problems at the back. I’m among those who think the further away the ball is from your goal, the less chance you have of conceding a goal.

“And the more players you have who are capable of holding on to the ball… How many players are there in world football of that profile?

“If I were a coach I’d love to have dribblers in my team — quick, technically good, capable of saying [to a defender], ‘I’m going to humiliate you with two feints, two step-overs.’ There aren’t many dribblers.

“Arsenal only have one, that’s Alexis Sanchez. They have a lot of guys who run quickly, but they run in a straight line.”

Petit has also told Wenger to show Ozil the door following his poor form.

Petit added: “It’s been a while since he played a good game, and even longer since he put a string of good performances together.

“He’s still able to put in one good performance, but good performances over three, four, five weeks… I don’t think we’ll see Ozil at that level again.

“What disappoints me most is his attitude, his defeatist attitude on the pitch, his nonchalance that transmits to his teammates.

“Arsene keeps him on the pitch. If I were the coach, I’d say, ‘Mesut, you want to leave? There’s the door. Be sure to close it on the way out.’ If I were Arsene Wenger, I’d say, ‘Get out.'”

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