Mesut Ozil has delivered a brutally honest assessment of Arsenal current campaign to date by admitting the players have “screwed up”.
Arsenal were competing on three fronts at the start of March, but head into April having been knocked out of both the Champions League and FA Cup, and now find themselves 11 points behind Premier League leaders Leicester City.
Ozil insists the Gunners can still win the title, but thinks their form against the league’s lesser sides could have cost the north Londoners.
“Looking at our season so far, we have to be honest and admit that we screwed up ourselves,” the German told Spox.
“We did not play to our potential in the games against the so-called smaller teams. You immediately get punished for that in the Premier League.
“But we still have a chance of winning the title. We have to hope Leicester and Tottenham slip up and then make the most of it.
“I would be delighted for Wenger if we win the title. He played a major role in my decision to join Arsenal. He was desperate to sign me. Everybody knows he is an extraordinary manager. He is always hungry for success, has a lot of experience and always takes his time for the players. He helps players develop.”
Ozil, who has registered 18 assists in the Premier League this term, also urged Arsene Wenger to strengthen the squad in the summer.
“Teams will only get stronger and Arsenal will have to strengthen as well. This season has shown that we struggle when we are missing a number of key players. We cannot allow this to happen again next season.”