Arsene Wenger replies when asked if Arsenal star Mesut Ozil is affected by criticism

Arsene Wenger unsure if Arsenal star Mesut Ozil is unaffected by constant criticism.

By Dan Betts
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Arsene Wenger believes Mesut Ozil is sometimes subjected to “harsh” criticism but insists the Arsenal star is “loved” for his undoubted talent.

The German midfielder has been in scintillating form in recent weeks to help Arsenal hoist themselves from seventh spot into fourth place in the Premier League table.

Ozil’s performances in the last five Premier League games have been excellent as the Arsenal number 11 played to his full potential amid uncertainty surrounding his future.

The World Cup winner has scored two goals and has made five assists in his last five Premier League games to help secure victories over Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Burnley and Huddersfield.

The playmaker certainly divides opinion but his recent outings are highlight how much Arsenal need to tie their prized asset down to an extended contract with little over six months left on his current deal.

He is able to speak to other clubs in January with his current deal expiring in the summer. With the time ticking down on his time at the north London outfit, his options are open.

The constant negativity from some pundits and ex-players led to Arsene Wenger to come out and defend him this season.

When asked if Ozil is affected by the criticism, Wenger told the media ahead of the visit of Manchester Unied:

“I don’t know, you should ask him that.

“I think everybody wants to be acknowledged for their quality and the judgements are sometimes harsh in a footballers job, but overall I believe the majority of people love him and always loved him.”

Ozil is starting to show the consistency that made him one of the most feared players in the world and Germany’s player of the year.

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