Not good enough
Former Arsenal player Martin Keown has made his thoughts on Mesut Ozil very clear.
The pundit noted that the player was nowhere near good enough against Atletico Madrid, and that he put in very little effort – and even questioned if he would feature again this season after Arsenal crashed out of the Europa League.
The Spanish side are on their way to the final after Diego Costa once again came back to haunt them, and many people criticised the players in the wake of the loss.
“These are crocodile tears I’m seeing. He’s not conning me,” ex-England international Keown told BT Sport.
“I bet he doesn’t play again this season. He will have some emotional breakdown and won’t be able to play at the weekend.
“He wasn’t fit to wear the shirt for me tonight, and I have seen this a lot this season.
“I haven’t been happy with him for some time.
“It seems as though he picks and chooses his games. He was on the edge of things.
“That is not a proper performance. He isn’t giving everything and there is a lot more under the bonnet. We expect better from him. He is a World Cup winner.”
One man who did defend Ozil was manager Arsene Wenger, who is of course leaving the club this summer, and any hopes that his exit would at least push the players and the fans one more time to allow Arsenal to beat Atleti and then get to the final of the Europa League were unfounded, with the manager looking lost on the touchline.
Wenger claimed that they ‘lose as a team’ and cautioned against victimising any one player – and noted that Ozil tried and the game simply didn’t go their way.