Mesut Ozil sends message to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Mesut Ozil defends Arsene Wenger and says that the Arsenal manager deserves more respect

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Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil Photo: Puma

Mesut Ozil has insisted that Arsene Wenger deserves more respect for what he has achieved at Arsenal.

The Frenchman’s situation at The Emirates has been a relentless source of speculation in recent months because he is approaching the end of his current Arsenal contract.

Wenger has been in charge at Arsenal since 1996 but his side have failed to challenge for the title in recent seasons and have not won the top-flight crown since 2004.

There has been relentless criticism of Wenger when things have not been going well for the Gunners but Ozil believes that the manager deserves more respect.

Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ, Ozil said: “When you’re not successful – or not as successful as you’d like to be – there’s always a lot of talk from people outside and people who maybe think they know things better.

“For example, ex-players or pundits; people who’d like to be in his position.

“But what’s important is that you have trust in him. He’s a big coach and has given massive amounts for this club and he deserves respect.”

Arsenal return to Premier League action on Saturday evening when they travel to Stoke City in the top flight.

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The north London side, who finished second last season, are currently outside of the top four, with their hopes of Champions League qualification for next season looking very slim.

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