Photos: Under-fire Mesut Ozil gears up for Arsenal’s trip to Aston Villa
Photos: Mesut Özil looks to impress Arsene Wenger as Arsenal train ahead of their trip to Aston Villa
Mesut Ozil will be looking to repay Arsene Wenger’s faith after the Arsenal manager gave his club-record signing a vote of confidence on Friday.
The Germany international trained with Arsenal team-mates as the Gunners geared up for a difficult trip to second-place Aston Villa on Saturday.
Arsenal are winless in their last four outings in all competitions, including a 2-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League mid-week.
Ozil felt the brunt of the critics and supporters’s dissatisfaction, prompting Wenger to defend the 25-year-old playmaker at his media conference this morning.
“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.”
Here is a selection of the best photos from Arsenal’s training session on Friday.