Keown slams Ozil’s current situation in Arsenal

Ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown is keen on knowing the current situation with embattled German midfielder Mesut Ozil.

Mesut Ozil was once again snubbed in the Gunner’s starting XI against BATE Borisov and Keown is bothered about the player’s future at the club.

The former Madrid player has started just one match in 2019 due to a back injury and illness, which kept him out for the Huddersfield game.

But Keown reckons there’s more to the tactical reasons and illness claims behind his continued omission after Emery left him out for the trip to Belarus.

He told via BT Sport: “Is he injured? Is he ill? One thing as a player you’ve got to be is available for selection and you want to give consistency. He hasn’t been able to give either of those.

“He’s got to work to get back into the team. That is what the manager is asking for that is what he has to do.

“It is becoming embarrassing the Ozil situation. No [Aaron] Ramsey of course as well. Him not being part of the future is hard to take.”

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In the 313 matches, the North Londoners have player since Ozil arrived from Real Madrid, they have been without the playmaker for a century of those.

On whether the injuries attributed to his current malaise are legitimate or not, Keown added: “We don’t know if he is really injured or not. To miss that amount of games is quite remarkable, isn’t it? One hundred matches in that period. Only the player really knows.

“I think the manager is saying ‘you can’t just turn up and train when you want to, when you fancy it. I’m not going to take you on this trip because you haven’t trained enough’ and that is right and proper.

“I still feel he has got something to offer. But the player has to ask himself where does he want to play his football?

“If he’s going to go somewhere else his wages are so massive that Arsenal would have to contribute towards those wages. It feels like that decision that was made 12 months ago is proving to be the wrong decision.”


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