His situation at Arsenal is embarrassing’ – Keown tells Ozil to look at himself

The former Gunners defender has questioned the effort being put in by the German playmaker and told him to stop making excuses for being overlooked

Martin Keown claims Mesut Ozil’s situation at Arsenal has become “embarrassing”, suggesting that he needs to shoulder the responsibility for his lack of game-time.

The former Gunners defender told talkSPORT: “It’s embarrassing for the football club that he is not featuring for Arsenal.

“He has to take a look at himself. It can’t be everybody else’s fault.

“I don’t care what he’s earning to play for the club, it’s an honour to play and while you are there you make your mark.

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“At the moment, is he setting a good example in training? As a senior player I would make sure that the youngsters would follow on.

“I would graft, I would work, give everything I could. I would be collective and help the group around me.

“I wouldn’t be talking about me. He’s looking about and saying ‘I’m not playing now so don’t blame me’.

“Well… No. It’s about the collective – it’s not about you.

“How do we get you in the team now to get you back in the group? That’s the next step for Ozil now. The opportunity is there.

“I don’t see him saying anywhere he is desperate to play. For me, the oxygen every weekend was to be in that team and I would bust a gut and I want to see that from Ozil.”

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