Martin Keown Rips Into Mesut Ozil Over His Performance Against Atletico Madrid
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Mesut Ozil brought back his disappearing man act against Atletico Madrid on Thursday night and then looked upset at the end of the game. This did not go down well with former Arsenal defender Martin Keown.
No one has ever doubted that Mesut Ozil is a brilliant footballer. The guy has won the World Cup with Germany and La Liga with Real Madrid, being a key part of both those victories.
The former Schalke man is as classy as anyone with the ball at his feet, on his day anyway. The problem for the 29 year old is that his day doesn't come along too often, especially when it comes to some of Arsenal's bigger games.
Again last night Ozil was left wanting as Arsene Wenger was denied his fairytale ending as the Gunners went out of the Europa League in the semi-final stages against Atletico Madrid.
Ozil was one of the Arsenal players looking glum and upset at full time but Premier League winner with Gunners Martin Keown wasn't buying it, laying into Ozil on BT Sport, saying:
"'(Arsene) Wenger has invested an awful lot of money in this player and I'm not seeing a performance to go with it. He wasn't fit to wear the shirt for me tonight and I've seen this a lot.
"I've seen this a lot this season and it needs to be said because he needs to be dug out, because we expect better from him, he's a World Cup winner and these are crocodile tears I'm seeing from the player, he's not conning me.
"Listen, I've had my say on it and I feel that he's not giving enough for Arsenal Football Club and maybe Wenger should come out and say a little bit more about some of these players that should have performed for him, and he hasn't."
"He wasn't fit to wear the shirt tonight. He needs to be dug out!" :rage:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 4, 2018
Martin Keown's take on Mesut Ozil is must-watch :flushed:pic.twitter.com/nk73hGlfnI
Keown really goes in on Ozil but he may have a point. It's all well and good Arsenal players getting emotional and talking about letting people down but it's only them that can turn that kind of thing around and they've had multiple opportunities.
Ozil was rumoured to be leaving in the summer when his contract was due to expire at the end of the summer but he signed a big money extension earlier in 2018.
The next manager will be hoping he gets more of the Ozil who won the World Cup and less of the invisible man.