The former Arsenal man had some pretty strong words for Mesut Özil after his performance in the Gunner’s 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid last night.
Arsenal’s European dream came to an end last night as they were beaten over two legs by Atletico Madrid after succumbing to a 1-0 defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Arsene Wenger’s hopes of capturing one last trophy in what will be his final season at the Emirates unfortunately fell apart as Atletico booked their place in the Europa League final with Ligue 1 outfit Marseille on May 16.
And while several reasons were given for Arsenal’s shortcomings, midfielder Mesut Özil came under quite a bit of fire for not stepping up to the plate more when his side needed him. There were a lot of things to poke out for those faithful to the Gunners but in his role on the BT Sport analysis desk, former Arsenal man Martin Keown reserved some extra criticism for the German.
“It seems as though he picks and chooses his games.
“You can hide a little bit in that wide position. At times I was watching him and was like ‘are you going to get back for your team?’ The great players I played with, the Bergkamp’s, the Henry’s, they worked hard as well and I don’t think this team can carry anybody.
“It’s almost as if his hands are in the air, ‘look at this group, they aren’t as good as me.’ Someone needed to grab him a long time ago, shake him and say, ‘we are trying to get the ball to you, we are working for you but you aren’t working for us.
“I bet he doesn’t play again this season. He’ll have some emotional breakdown and he won’t able to play at the weekend. I don’t know how many illnesses he has had this season but the fella is not kidding me.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena