Arsene Wenger blasts criticism of Arsenal ‘scapegoat’ Mesut Ozil
Arsene Wenger sticks up for Mesut Özil following the recent criticism of the Arsenal playmaker
Arsene Wenger has come out in defence of Mesut Ozil following the recent criticism of the Arsenal playmaker.
The Germany international has come under fire for a number of ineffectual displays in recent months and was again questioned for his performance during Tuesday’s 2-0 Champions League defeat by Borussia Dortmund.
Everybody judges players on one game but football is played with many ups and downs
However, Gunners boss Wenger has issued his full backing for the World Cup winner ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
“Why should Ozil be a scapegoat? We’ve lost one game since 1 April,” said Wenger.
“We had very difficult games against teams like Besiktas. Everybody judges players on one game but football is played with many ups and downs.
“The criticism is unfair because it’s post-World Cup. It takes a few months for them to get back to their best. Fans need to be patient.
“You want your best players in every game but you have to be united and go through hard periods.”
Arsenal travel to Villa Park on Saturday looking for their first Premier League win since the 2-1 opening-day victory over Crystal Palace.