- Jul 10, 2014
Popular opinion says he's too lazy to get into this team, but I don't buy that (anymore). IMO he was frozen out after he made comments he made in Dec 2019 criticizing China's treatment of Uighur Muslims and the club didn't back him or want to get involved.I don't really have any sympathy but it is strange to see him being frozen out like this when there's still a ton of far worse players getting minutes or even spots on the bench at Arsenal.
What did he do?
Under Emery, yes, I believe that he was a 'luxury player' and didn't work hard enough overall. But Arteta supposedly gave everyone a clean slate when he arrived. Except, as it turns out, Ozil. We are much better defensively as a unit now but are sorely lacking creativity in midfield. It is hard to believe that he cannot compete with the likes of Ceballos, Xhaka, Elneny, Willock, Willian, Nelson. Not exactly a strong field. It is a shame, as the arrival of Partey and the team being much more organised could potentially unlock the Ozil of old.