‘It’s embarrassing’: Arsenal legend discusses Mesut Ozil situation

Martin Keown opens up about Mesut Ozil's situation at Arsenal this season

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Martin Keown has admitted that Mesut Ozil’s situation at Arsenal is “embarrassing” for the club.

The German playmaker has barely featured for the Gunners this season and has struggled with form and fitness issues throughout the campaign.

Indeed, Ozil has only played 71 minutes of Premier League football for the north London side this season and it remains to be seen whether he will be able to force his way back into the starting line-up.

Ozil will be hoping that he can make himself available for selection when Arsenal travel to Sheffield United in the Premier League on Monday night.

Now, Arsenal legend Keown has weighed in with his opinion of Ozil’s situation at the north London club.

Speaking in an interview quoted by Metro, Keown said: “It’s embarrassing for the football club that he is not featuring for Arsenal. He has to take a look at himself. It can’t be everybody else’s fault.

“I don’t care what he’s earning to play for the club it’s an honour to play and while you are there you make your mark.

“At the moment is he setting a good example in training? As a senior player I would make sure that the youngsters would follow on.

“I would graft, I would work, give everything I could. I would be collective and help the group around me.

“I wouldn’t be talking about me. He’s looking about and saying I’m not playing now so don’t blame me.

“Well, no! It’s about the collective it’s not about you. How do we get you in the team now to get you back in the group. That’s the next step for Ozil now. The opportunity is there.

“I don’t see him saying anywhere he is desperate to play. For me, the oxygen every weekend was to be in that team and I would bust a gut and I want to see that from Ozil.”

Arsenal are looking to try and break back into the top four this season after they finished in fifth place and without a trophy in Unai Emery’s first campaign in charge last term.

The north London side have not won the Premier League title since their famous unbeaten triumph under Arsene Wenger back in 2003-04.

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