Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore says Arsenal risk losing Mesut Ozil if he is not rested NOW.

Collymore wrote in the People: "There comes a time when even a top-of-the-range German ­engine needs to spend some time in the ­garage.

"For Mesut Ozil, that hour is now.

"If Arsene Wenger does not take the ­decision to rest his £42.5million luxury purchase for a ­prolonged break then there is a very real chance it will be clapped out and written off by the end of the ­season.

"At which point I fear he may even want to leave.

"So, Mr Wenger, it is time to make one of your boldest ­decisions of the season.

"Take Ozil out of the firing line."

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