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Paul Merson: 'Mesut Ozil does not deserve to be recalled to starting lineup'

Mesut Ozil "does not work hard enough" for Arsenal and does not deserve to be recalled to the starting lineup, according to the club's former player Paul Merson.

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has insisted that Mesut Ozil "does not work hard enough for the team" to justify being recalled to the starting lineup for the meeting with Watford.

The 28-year-old was struggling from an injury problem prior to the international break, coinciding with the Gunners' upturn in fortunes as they climbed up the Premier League table.

Arsenal beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 in their last outing, and Merson believes that boss Arsene Wenger should stick with a winning formula rather than turning to fit-again Ozil for the weekend trip to Vicarage Road.

"I wouldn't put Mesut Ozil back into the side," he told Sky Sports News. "He doesn't work hard enough for the team. He is a top player but the least you can do is work hard.

"If you have got talent you have had a result - and he has talent - but I have seen players with much less talent than him have a bigger impact on games, which can't be right."

Ozil, who is still in discussions over a new deal, has started four of Arsenal's seven Premier League games so far this season.

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1Manchester CityMan City17161052114149
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd17122337112638
3Chelsea17112431141735
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1794430141631
5Liverpool1787234201431
6Burnley179441612431
7Arsenal1793530201030
8Leicester CityLeicester187652723427
9Watford176472629-322
10Everton176472129-822
11Southampton174671723-618
12Huddersfield TownHuddersfield175391229-1718
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton174581423-917
14Bournemouth174491520-516
15Stoke CityStoke174491936-1716
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle1743101626-1015
17Crystal Palace183691228-1615
18West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom172871222-1014
19West Ham UnitedWest Ham173591432-1814
20Swansea CitySwansea173311922-1312
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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City17161052114149
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd17122337112638
3Chelsea17112431141735
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1794430141631
5Liverpool1787234201431
6Burnley179441612431
7Arsenal1793530201030
8Leicester CityLeicester187652723427
9Watford176472629-322
10Everton176472129-822
11Southampton174671723-618
12Huddersfield TownHuddersfield175391229-1718
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton174581423-917
14Bournemouth174491520-516
15Stoke CityStoke174491936-1716
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle1743101626-1015
17Crystal Palace183691228-1615
18West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom172871222-1014
19West Ham UnitedWest Ham173591432-1814
20Swansea CitySwansea173311922-1312
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