Robbie Savage tells Arsenal star to be more like Kevin De Bruyne

The BBC Sport pundit questions why Mesut Ozil can't track back for Arsenal like Kevin De Bruyne does at Manchester City

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil Photo: Puma

Robbie Savage has questioned why Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil can’t track back like Alexis Sanchez and Kevin De Bruyne.

The Arsenal star was praised for a strong performance in the north London side’s 5-2 victory over Everton at Goodison Park last weekend.

Ozil has been regularly criticised for his limp performances in the Arsenal team over the past 12 months or so as the Gunners struggled to find consistency.

While the German playmaker is given license to thrill in the Arsenal team, his team-mate Alexis Sanchez still manages to show greater determination despite playing as a forward.

Ozil is set to be available on a free transfer next siummer after failing to agree a contract extension with the north London side.

Former Leicester City midfielder Savage criticised Ozil for failing to show the same never-say-die attitude as some of the Premier League’s other attacking talents.

“I do criticise him,” Savage told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“When I see somebody who I wished I had half as much talent as Ozil, I see him jogging around but Kevin De Bruyne, Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez running back and making tackles.”

Arsenal won the FA Cup last season thanks to a 2-1 victory over Premier League champions Chelsea at Wembley.

The Gunners have won the competition in three of the past four seasons.

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