Mesut Ozil agent launches defence of under-fire midfielder


Ozil's agent insisted that the 28-year-old remained "committed" to Arsenal though offered no clarification as to whether he would sign a new contract as he and Alexis Sanchez hold out for £290,000-a-week. Arguing "No" is Football FanCast's Alex Hams....

With Arsenal all but out of the Champions League now for another year, Monday night's FA Cup clash with non-league Sutton United has become an even bigger fixture - not least because the cup is the only realistic chance they now have of winning silverware this season. There have been calls from some quarters to drop Ozil from the starting lineup, but Wenger stuck with him for the clash in Germany, and his lack of impact along with the rest of his teammates has seen him take the brunt of the criticism in the aftermath.

Ozil was surrounded by players who aren't just above average - such as Francis Coquelin and Theo Walcott - and his talent is wasted in a team that does not have players who can properly utilise his passing ability and vision.

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It's finding guys who can thrive and make a difference when the team is struggling that is the hard part.

Likewise, in terms of his limited contribution on the ball, what do Arsenal fans expect with just 26% possession? He's not the player who's going to run back into midfield to try and get back on the ball. There are still people blaming Giroud and it wholly baffles me.

Now, his agent, Dr. Erkut Sogut is speaking out.

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However, he certainly wasn't the only player at fault and I do think the criticism aimed at him is unfair. At the same time, there's more than one way to skin a cat; rather than running around like a headless chicken, he waits for the gaps he knows he can exploit to naturally develop.

Ozil was singled out for criticism after we were thrashed 5-1 at the Allianz Arena earlier this week with many pundits and newspapers once again calling in to question his work ethic and attitude.

Ozil was a La Liga victor at Real Madrid (they haven't won it since by the way) a World Cup victor in 2014 and has been named Germany's Player of the Year five times in the last six years.

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So readers, whose argument were you more convinced by?