Gary Neville makes claim about Mesut Ozil after Arsenal win

Gary Neville claims Mesut Ozil "couldn't have played" for Arsenal against Tottenham on Sunday

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Gary Neville has questioned whether Mesut Ozil would have been able to perform for Arsenal if he had played in the 4-2 win over Tottenham on Sunday.

Ozil, 30, missed the game due to a back injury after being an unused substitute against Bournemouth the week before.

Eric Dier and Harry Kane cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opening goal to put Spurs in control of the Premier League clash.

However, Emery brought on Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette at half-time in an attempt to shake up his team.

The substitutes played a key role in their comeback after Ramsey teed up Aubameyang and Lacazette for their goals in the second half before Lucas Torreira sealed a 4-2 win.

Ozil wasn’t in the matchday squad and he hasn’t made an appearance in the Premier League since a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on 11 November.

And former Manchester United defender Neville has delivered his honest verdict about Ozil’s role in the current Arsenal team.

“Mesut Ozil couldn’t have played in that game. That’s said with great respect, as he can play in World Cup finals and win them, but Emery could not have played Ozil with the way he wanted to win that game. That’s just the harsh truth,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“Ozil is world class on the ball with the way he receives the ball, his weight of pass and his choice of pass in the final third but what Emery wants to establish at this club is a cultural change and a mentality shift.

“Ozil doesn’t fit the bill for that shift, unfortunately. That’s being harsh.

“Emery wants to play from the back with high energy and pace, sprinting all over the pitch. Ozil couldn’t press today like those Arsenal players pressed. It’s not his game and isn’t what he does.

“It’s not right that I speak about him too much, but that is the cultural shift and the mentality shift.”

Arsenal will make the trip to Manchester United in the Premier League on Wednesday night, and it remains to be seen whether Ozil will be fit or not.

The Gunners are in fourth place in the Premier League table and eight points ahead of Jose Mourinho’s side in the Premier League standings.

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