Mesut Ozil is being made a scapegoat for the Gunners’ poor form according to his agent.
The 28-year-old German playmaker has come under server criticism this season, especially in the big games, and was once again questioned for his lack of involvement as Arsenal were embarrassed 5-1 in Munich by Bayern.
Although the score at half-time was 1-1, Bayern outclassed the Gunners to take a 5-1 aggregate to the Emirates on the May 7th.
The result left Arsenal fans both deflated and angered by the lack of desire and tactical nous shown at Munich on Wednesday night, with many pointing the finger of blame at Ozil yet again.
However, Ozil’s agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, believes the German does not deserve the barrage of criticism that has come his way in recent months.
Sogut told BBC Sport (via The Sun):
“Criticism is normal if a player plays badly. But Mesut feels people are not focusing on his performance; they are using him as a scapegoat for the team after bad results.
“How can someone in the No.10 position create chances if you don’t have the ball?
“Football is a team sport and Arsenal are not performing well as a team. Eleven players were on the pitch but Mesut was singled out for criticism. Was he the reason that Arsenal conceded five goals?”
Ozil has taken a lot of stick since his arrival from Real Madrid in summer 2013, but Sogut went on to defend his client from those that claim he doe not turn up on the big occasions:
“I don’t agree that Mesut has not had an impact on big matches.
“People are always saying Mesut is not fighting or tackling, that he has poor body language, but that is how he is.
“Believe me, he is desperate to succeed. If it doesn’t work, he shows his anger and expressions. Was his body language an issue when Arsenal were playing well?”
Although Ozil has been made an easy scapegoat for the fans when the Gunners fail to perform, he cannot do it all himself. Yes, he should be doing better, especially in the bigger games, but everyone is too blame for Arsenal’s recent shortcomings.
When on his game, Ozil is fantastic. It was not long ago that Arsenal fans were singing his praises when he made all those assists last season and contributed with some goal too. However, in turn, he needs to look bothered on the pitch. At times, the German’s body language is not good to see and this is what angers the fans.
His contract is up at the end of next season and although he is happy to stay at Arsenal, he could be driven away by the fans constant abuse.