Arsenal star Mesut Ozil should play for Tottenham, claims ex-striker

Spurs legend Garth Crooks suggests Mesut Ozil would be more appreciated at Tottenham than Arsenal

Mohamed Elneny and Mesut Ozil Photo: Mesut Ozil / Instagram

Mesut Ozil would be more appreciated at Tottenham Hotpsur than Arsenal, Garth Crooks has claimed.

The Germany international produced a man of the match performance in a 2-0 win against Tottenham in the north London derby at the Emirates Stadium.

The Arsenal midfielder unlocked the Spurs defence with a brilliant free-kick to find Shkodran Mustafi in the first half.

Alexis Sanchez doubled the home side’s lead with a finish high into the roof of the net past Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Ozil was widely praised for stepping up in a big Premier League game following criticism of his performances at Liverpool and Manchester City earlier this season.

The German star moved to Arsenal in a £42.5m deal from Real Madrid in 2013 but hasn’t been able to inspire the Gunners to the Premier League title.

Ozil will be available on a free transfer next summer unless the attacking midfielder signs a new contract.

Former Spurs forward Crooks believes the World Cup winner would be worshipped at Tottenham, unlike the lukewarm reception the No11 gets at The Emirates.

“I did not hear anyone from the Arsenal camp complaining about Mesut Ozil’s performance against Tottenham in the north London derby – no comments about him being lazy or not being a team player, playing for himself or not being interested,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“What I did see was Arsenal fans giving the player a standing ovation in appreciation of a wonderful performance by an extremely gifted footballer – and about time.

“I have said it before and I will say it again: Ozil should be playing for Tottenham, where he would be far more appreciated. Spurs fans would be giving him that ovation every week.”

BIOGRAPHY: Did you know Ozil donated his World Cup winnings to a Brazilian charity? Find out more about Mesut!

Arsenal ended up in fifth place in the Premier League title last term to miss out on a place in the Champions League for the 2017-18 campaign.

The Gunners midfielder has won three FA Cup crowns in four seasons at The Emirates since his big-money transfer.

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