We're all for a little ruthlessness where the England squad is concerned, but Southgate's comments did go a little further than they perhaps needed to.
The move to sign Ozil is being handled by Raul Sanllehi, who has a good relationship with Arsenal. They are two players who end their contracts at the end of the season.
Ozil has been linked with a January move to Barcelona for a fee of £20million.
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It claims that Ozil's representatives have agreed for the 29-year-old to head to the Nou Camp in the New Year, with Arsenal set to receive 20m euros for the Germany worldwide, who would have been available on a free in the summer.
Sanchez and Ozil recorded a goal and assist respectively in the 2-0 win and showed exactly why they're so important to the Gunners.
And Catalan reporter Quique Guasch told Spanish outlet Catalunya Radio that Ozil had agreed a three-and-a-half year contract and is expected to cost around £17.8million.
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The Chile global is out of contract at the end of the season, and could leave the 2016/17 FA Cup winners on a free transfer at the end of the campaign or for a reduced fee in January.
The latest reports however, suggest that the 2014 World Cup victor could be on the move.
Wages look set to play a huge role in the 29-year-old's future given he also wants £290,000-per-week to stay at Arsenal.
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Former Los Blancos star Ozil may be considered a contentious signing by some of those in power at rivals Barca, but if a creative midfielder is what the club desire, they may not find many better winter options.