Ozil outburst

Stop talking and start sup­port­ing, mid­fielder tells Arse­nal le­gends’

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports | International - BY BEN GROUNDS /

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.”

/REUTERS

Arse­nal’s Me­sut Ozil vies for the ball with Le­ices­ter City’s Marc Al­brighton dur­ing a re­cent match

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