Gunners legend claims Mesut Ozil accepting ‘second best’ at Arsenal
Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson believes Mesut Ozil has lot his competitiveness during four and a half season at The Emirates
Mesut Ozil’s competitive instincts have been dulled during his four and a half seasons at Arsenal, Stewart Robson believes.
The Gunners have managed to convince Ozil to commit his long-term future to the north London club following months of speculation.
The 29-year-old signed a new contract on Thursday evening to become the best-paid player at the Emirates Stadium.
Ozil has been regularly criticised for his inconsistent performances at the north London club over the past couple of seasons.
The German playmaker is capable of some brilliant man of the match displays, however he has struggled in some big Arsenal games.
Ozil has won three FA Cup titles at the north London club but Arsenal haven’t come close to winning the Champions League or Premier League.
Former Gunners midfielder Robson believes Ozil lacks competitive spirit after growing too comfortable at Arsenal.
“I would say so [Ozil lacks lacks competitive spirit] in terms of winning the title and willingness to improve himself,” Robson told Irish radio station Newstalk.
“If he really wanted to improve himself, he could go to Barcelona, Manchester City and Manchester United.
“I think he is accepting the second best for a lot of money and living in London.”
Arsenal were brilliant 5-1 winners against Everton in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Gunners signed Ozil in what was then a club record £42.5m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid in 2013.
Arsenal have since spent £52m on Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette and £56m on Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.