Mikel Arteta hails Arsenal’s ‘artist’ Mesut Ozil

Mikel Arteta defends Mesut Özil and describes the Arsenal playmaker as an 'artist'

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Mikel Arteta has heaped praise on Mesut Ozil following the recent criticism of the Arsenal playmaker.

The World Cup winner got off the mark with a goal and an assist in last weekend’s 3-0 win at Aston Villa after a string of below-par displays for the Gunners.

When you’re an artist, you’re never going to perform nine out of 10 every week

Mikel Arteta

But Arsenal captain Arteta insists that a player of Ozil’s calibre is not going to be able to perform at the top level every week.

“When you have players like Ozil with everything he involves – his price, his personality – people will either love him or not like him at all,” Arteta told the Daily Mail.

“When you’re an artist, you’re never going to perform nine out of 10 every week. It’s much more difficult for a creative player to perform at that level.

“The opposition always try and stop you so sometimes you don’t shine and then people ask: ‘Why don’t you shine? You didn’t do anything in the game.’

“When that happens you get criticised, especially when it happens in big games, but you cannot deny Ozil is a special player: his movement, his calmness, his final ball is superb.”

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