Steven Gerrard opens up about Mesut Ozil after Arsenal’s loss at Stoke

Steven Gerrard was not particularly impressed by Mesut Ozil's performance for Arsenal against Stoke

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Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil Photo: Puma

Steven Gerrard has told Mesut Ozil that he needs to improve his work-rate off the ball after Arsenal crashed to a 1-0 loss to Stoke City on Saturday.

The Gunners ended up losing their second game of the season despite enjoying the majority of possession and having plenty of chances to break the deadlock.

Stoke summer signing Jese ended up scoring the only goal of the game when he netted shortly after half-time following sloppy play from Granit Xhaka in midfield.

The result means that Arsenal now how to dust themselves down as they prepare for their crunch clash against Liverpool at Anfield next weekend.

And speaking after the game, Gerrard suggested that Ozil will have to improve his desire and work-rate out of possession if he wants to be considered as a truly world-class player.

Speaking on BT Sport, Gerrard said: “Look, you can’t point the finger just at Mesut Ozil for that result.

“But it’s clear to see that out of possession he doesn’t want to know. He only wants to be on the ball. He only wants to create and make things happen.

“World-class players do both – they’re still excellent on the ball but when they lose it, they put a shift in for their team-mates.”

Arsenal, who finished fifth in the Premier League last season, have signed two players so far this summer after having secured deals for Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac.

It remains to be seen whether Arsene Wenger will bring in any new stars before the close of the summer transfer window at the end of the month.

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