Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes soon-to-be free agent Mesut Özil would perform better at Premier League rivals Manchester United as doubts remain over his future in London.
Özil is out of contract at the end of the season, and the Germany international playmaker is no closer to signing a new deal - and, alongside striker Alexis Sánchez, is being tipped to leave the Emirates Stadium, amid reported interest from José Mourinho's United.
The 29-year-old worked with Mourinho during the pair's time together at Real Madrid and Wright conceded Özil would flourish in Manchester.
Wright on Özil: "Is this difficult to say? Yeah"
"I think he's that type of player who will drag a team by its bootlaces through a game, but if your team is playing well, he's going to sprinkle stardust all over the place," Wright told Sky Sports when asked if he thought Özil would perform better at United.
"With the players he'd be playing with at Man Utd as well, he is unbelievable.
"He is just awesome, and with the right team, and the right movement in front of him, he is easily one of the best I've seen. He's amazing.
"Is this difficult to say? Yeah. And we can't keep arguably two of the best players, arguably in the history of the club, ability-wise. It's sad times."
Özil, who missed Wednesday's goalless draw against Chelsea in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final, has scored four goals and tallied five assists in the Premier League this season.
Since arriving from Madrid in 2013, Özil has netted 27 goals and recorded 47 assists in 134 league appearances.