Mesut Ozil’s agent hits back at ‘jealous’ Arsenal legend
The Arsenal star's agent has slammed Martin Keown as a "jealous" Gunners legend
Mesut Ozil’s agent has slammed Martin Keown as a “jealous” Arsenal legend following the pundit’s recent criticism of the German star.
The retired England international accused Ozil of “crocodile tears” in the immediate aftermarth of Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final last week.
The 29-year-old has struggled throughout the 2017-18 season like the rest of his team-mates as Arsenal finished outside the top-four spots for the second successive season.
The Gunners made Ozil the best paid player in the club’s history earlier this year when the World Cup winner put pen to paper on a £350,000-a-week deal.
The Arsenal legend predicted that Ozil wouldn’t feature for the Gunners again this term and the former Real Madrid star missed their recent games against Burnley and Leicester City due to injury.
However, the Arsenal no11’s agent Dr Erkut Sogurt has hit back at Keown in a scathing interview with Goal.com.
“I think that Martin Keown feels that just because he used to play football, it gives him the right to attack the current generation of stars,” his agent told Goal.
“Perhaps he just wants to remain relevant, or maybe it is due to jealousy. Is he envious about the money and exposure that current footballers have – I don’t know.
“But to sit there and criticise, and criticise, and criticise, time and time again, it’s getting a bit boring, in all honesty.
“He was an Arsenal reserve so left for Everton and Aston Villa because he wasn’t good enough. He returned to Arsenal but was still a reserve – always in the shadow of Adams/Bould/Dixon/Winterburn and then Campbell/Toure/Lauren/Cole.
“His behaviour towards [Ruud] Van Nistelrooy at Old Trafford brought shame on Arsenal, he will say it showed his passion when really it was bad sportsmanship. If Mesut, or any other player in this era were to act like that, they would bring great shame upon themselves and their club.
“In the 2004 Invincible season, Arsene Wenger let him play the last minute vs Leicester to qualify for a winner’s medal. Otherwise he would not be an Invincible because he didn’t play enough games. He wasn’t a real part of the team. ‘Even Keown’s team-mate Ray Parlour said publicly he would have killed Wenger if he did not let him come on the pitch against Leicester.
“This is again representative of the behaviour against Manchester United – he claims passion, whilst it is really aggression.”
Arsenal signed Ozil in a £42.5m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid in the 2013 summer transfer window.
The Gunners star has won three FA Cup crowns but Ozil hasn’t helped Arsenal get any closer to glory in the Premier League or the Champions League.