Martin Keown had his name in the headlines last week for a rant he made about Mesut Ozil and now, one prediction he made in said rant has come true.
Last week we reported on a rather pointed rant from the former Arsenal man Martin Keown that concerned the Gunners’, Mesut Ozil, following his side’s defeat to Atletico Madrid over two legs in the semi-finals of the Europa League.
Speaking on BT Sports, Keown had this to say on Ozil’s dedication to giving it his all.
“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.”
When Arsenal revealed the lineup they would be fielding to take on Burnley in a game that would stand as manager Arsene Wenger’s final home fixture, Ozil was said to have had a minor back problem, something that fans were quick to jump on after the revelation.
That’s not to say that Ozil isn’t nursing an injury, of course, but it did seem worthwhile to note how on the money Martin Keown was in what was a pretty heated attack on the German.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 6, 2018
#afc say Mesut Ozil has a back injury which is why he's not in the squad. This is, of course, possible but FWIW, I saw him leaving the stadium in Madrid on Thursday night and there was no sign of an issue. Safe to say I don't think Martin Keown is surprised Ozil isn't playing.
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 6, 2018
Looks like Mystic Martin Keown's prediction regarding Mesut Ozil has come true….
— Darren Lewis (@MirrorDarren) May 6, 2018
Ozil not in squad then. Back problem. Spineless apparently.
— Allspurs (@all_spurs) May 6, 2018
Ozil has a back injury apparently. Or is it a desire problem?
— Sponge (@monkey_sponge) May 6, 2018
Ozil himself released a short statement updating fans on his health.
It's a pity I missed yesterday's match with my back injury. It'll need some time but I'm sure I'll fully recover in time for the World Cup. Once again I'd like to thank our boss. It was an honour playing for you, Mon. Wenger! Thanks for all the memories we shared together. ?? pic.twitter.com/8VlfJjJ2EX
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) May 7, 2018
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena