Arsenal legend Ian Wright defends Ozil over ‘irrelevant’ criticism

Published 20/12/16 

Ian Wright admits Mesut Ozil must “buck his ideas up”, but he has branded some criticism of the German “irrelevant”.

Ozil’s recent performances have come under scrutiny, with Arsenal suffering their second and third defeats of the Premier League season within the space of a week.

The German was lacklustre in the loss to Everton, while his inefficiency against Manchester City has been highlighted.

Wright admits he must improve soon, but says that some of the criticism sent Ozil’s way has been “irrelevant”.

‘Mesut Ozil in particular has come in for tons of stick — and there has got to be a reaction from him to that,’ Wright wrote in his Sun column.

‘We all know the quality he’s got, so there can be no excuse for the performance he served up at the Etihad.

‘I’m not interested in all the stuff being chucked around about how he was walking. That’s pretty much irrelevant.

‘He does need to start delivering more than he is right now, though, because frankly he is letting down all those fans who continue to fight his corner.

‘But while Ozil needs to buck his ideas up, he’s far from the only one. The problem for Arsenal is a collective one, not individual.

‘And they need to stick together like never before now — there is no hiding place after the City defeat.’

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