Defiant Wenger responds to recent Ozil criticism

Date published: Friday 23rd December 2016 10:15

Arsene Wenger: On the defensive over Ozil

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has leapt to the defence of Mesut Ozil, claiming that his hard work often goes unnoticed by the press.

After lauded for much of the season, Ozil’s recent performances against Everton and Manchester City have left many questioning his commitment to the Arsenal cause.

However, when asked about Ozil’s contribution to the team, Wenger said that the way he conducts hims on the pitch can often be misleading to those watching him.

“He works much harder than people think and his body language sometimes goes against him,” said Wenger.

“He does his part very well.”

“I have a debrief with the players themselves, I do not listen to all the criticism we got after the game, it is normal to get that, but Mesut Ozil is a big player and the big players always respond on the pitch.

“I don’t give him any leeway when the team does not have possession.

He has to do his job and normally he does it well.

His main strength is on the ball and I think in City he suffered more than most because we did not have enough of the ball.

“At City we had a deficit of winning the ball back in the middle third.”

Wenger also confirmed a triple injury boost ahead of the clash against West Brom on Boxing Day.

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