The manager has had to defend the German after a woeful performance v Liverpool.
It was a bad weekend for Arsenal in the Premier League as they lost 5-1 to Liverpool and club record signing Mesut Ozil came under serious criticism.
A section of the Gunners fans singled out the £42.4m signing for vilification during the defeat at Anfield, but manager Arsene Wenger has jumped to defend the Germany international and states that Ozil should not be ostracised.
“Mesut Ozil? He was like everybody on Saturday – he was not in a good day. There’s nobody really to ostracise from that game – we are just conscious we were not good enough,” Wenger was quoted by Sky Sports.
“He didn’t have the best of games, but that can happen. He works very hard to adapt to the physical level of the Premier League and for me he is an exceptional player.
“I wouldn’t like to put too much pressure on him because he has been a top-class player until now. He knows when he is not good enough he will get questioned – that is normal.”
Before the game on Merseyside the north London club topped the English top tier and many were shocked that the team looked so lacklustre in the loss to Brendan Rodgers’ men.
To single out Ozil does seem a little harsh, but there is more expectation and therefore pressure on the 25-year-old due to his reputation and huge transfer fee.
So far this season the attacking midfielder has played 29 games in all competitions for Wenger’s side, scoring five goals and providing 12 assists.
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