Thierry Henry has urged Mesut Ozil to stay at Arsenal beyond this summer and cement his status as a club legend by driving them to a league title.
The German international has only 18 months remaining on his contract and has yet to commit his future to the club.
The Gunners’ leading all-time goalscorer understands Ozil’s predicament, but believes he should stay put.
The 28-year-old has won only one league title during his career, La Liga with Real Madrid in 2012, and Arsenal are once again playing catch up in the Premier League this season.
Writing in the Sun, Henry said: ‘Mesut has won the World Cup with Germany. But at club level, he has only one title, with Real Madrid in 2012. He will be desperate for more.
‘But he can do that at the Emirates.
‘That’s why I’d urge him to stay and become an Arsenal legend.
‘Win that first title. Be the future of Arsenal. Not just the assist man, but the guy who drives the team forward. He can do that with Alexis Sanchez.’
The Sky Sports pundit sympathised with Ozil, and drew parallels with his decision to leave 10 years ago.
‘He has said he wants to know if Arsene is staying beyond the summer. Look, I’m an Arsenal fan. For that reason I’m desperate for him to stay.
‘But I understand his predicament. I was in the same situation in 2007 when I joined Barcelona — with a heavy heart. I didn’t know Arsene’s plans, either, as he was coming to the end of a contract then, too.’