Martin Keown names Arsenal star who isn’t fit to wear Gunners shirt
The Arsenal legend claims Mesut Ozil isn't fit to wear the Gunners shirt after their Europa League eixt
Martin Keown believes Mesut Ozil isn’t fit to wear the Arsenal shirt following his disappointing performance in their 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid to exit the Europa League on Thursday night.
Ozil was unable to help Arsenal capitalise on Atletico’s numerical disadvantage in the first leg of the semi-final clash at The Emirates after Antoine Griezmann cancelled out Alexandre Lacazette’s opener to secure a 1-1 draw.
The Germany international was unable to unlock the Atletico defence as Diego Costa netted a winner on the stroke of half-time to seal a 2-1 aggregate victory for Diego Simeone’s men in the Spanish capital.
Ozil was linked with a potential move to Manchester United in the January transfer window before the World Cup winner put pen to paper on a new long-term deal with the north London side in February.
Indeed, Arsenal made the former Schalke 04 playmaker one of the best-paid players in the Premier League after Ozil put pen to paper on a staggering £350,000-a-week contract at The Emirates.
Former Arsenal defender Keown isn’t impressed with Ozil’s contribution to the Gunners, particularly this season.
“(Arsene) Wenger has invested an awful lot of money in this player and I’m not seeing a performance to go with it. He wasn’t fit to wear the shirt for me tonight and I’ve seen this a lot,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“I’ve seen this a lot this season and it needs to be said because he needs to be dug out, because we expect better from him, he’s a World Cup winner and these are crocodile tears I’m seeing from the player, he’s not conning me.
“Listen, I’ve had my say on it and I feel that he’s not giving enough for Arsenal Football Club and maybe Wenger should come out and say a little bit more about some of these players that should have performed for him, and he hasn’t.”
Arsenal signed Ozil in a £42.5m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid in the 2013 summer transfer window to smash their transfer record.