Wenger steps in to debate to defend German international Mesut Ozil.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been forced to step in to the debate surrounding his misfiring attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil, report the Mail, after a barrage of criticism was sent in the German’s direction after yet another underwhelming display during this week’s timid Champions League defeat at Borussia Dortmund.
Ozil was hauled off after just 62 minutes of Arsenal’s miserable 2-0 defeat in Signal Iduna Park, but manager Wenger has been forthright in his defence of Ozil at his press briefing ahead of the weekend’s trip to Aston Villa, suggesting that he would happily sign the German again given the opportunity:
“I would pay the money again, of course.”
Wenger also defended his decision to deploy Ozil from the left against Dortmund, a position from which he is generally believed to be less effective, with the Frenchman suggesting that he had to play someone out of position at Signal Iduna Park:
“He had to play there because in the middle they had Raul and Ronaldo and he made room and played on the left. When you have the ball you play where you want and go where you want.”