Stop talking and start supporting, midfielder tells Arsenal legends’
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has posted a lengthy message on his Instagram account calling on former players to ‘stop talking and start supporting’ following further criticism of his performances.
Ozil is currently on international duty with Germany and played in his country’s 2-1 win over the Czech Republic, but he has taken the time to address stiff criticism he received following two straight defeats for Arsenal.
Martin Keown joined former striker Ian Wright in claiming that Arsenal are in crisis, with Wright describing the current situation as a ‘nightmare’. The Gunners were beaten 1-0 at Stoke at the bet365 Stadium, with Ozil being blamed in some quarters for not fulfilling his defensive duties as Jese Rodriguez ran free to score.
The German then produced an abject display during Arsenal’s humiliating 4-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield last Sunday, while the club missed out on target Thomas Lemar on transfer deadline day while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was sold. Alexis Sanchez came close to leaving for Manchester City, but on the fourth anniversary of his move from Real Madrid, Ozil obliged to speak out in defence of his perfor- mances.
The 28-year-old wrote on Instagram: “It’s September 2nd, 2017. I’m with the German National team right now, and yesterday we took a big step towards the World Cup in Russia after beating Czech Republic 2-1. During the last couple of days my DFB teammates have been asking me about how everything is at Arsenal at the moment.”
“They claimed to have read about the current crisis through the media, as pundits and former players are commenting on a daily basis. They say that this could be the worst team in years, even decades. I’m writing this together with people that are close to me, and we’ve got something to celebrate. Although no match was won, or trophy was lifted today, Arsenal and I are celebrating our anniversary!
“Four years ago I was transferred in a last minute deal from Real Madrid to Arsenal - Arsene Wenger convinced me. He told me about the great history of this club, about its living legends such as Bergkamp, Vieira and Pires, who owe a large part of their success to the manager. Arsene told me how he would help me to develop as a player, and that is something every player wants to hear, as it is great encouragement.”
Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil vies for the ball with Leicester City’s Marc Albrighton during a recent match