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Pascal Gross defends Mesut Ozil: “Nobody’s perfect”

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Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross believes Mesut Ozil’s achievements in his career speak and his talent for themselves

The German playmaker’s future at Arsenal has been under some rather intense speculation ahead of the January transfer market.

Ozil has struggled to earn a regular place under new manager Unai Emery with former Arsenal Perry Groves claiming last week that his time is up.

This comes in light of ex-Real Madrid star’s inconsistent performances at the Emirates Stadium since his arrival in 2013.

But Gross, who clashed with Ozil in a Boxing Day game last year, believes his fellow German is simply misunderstood.

“He is a fantastic player, a fantastic technician,” Gross told The Argus.

“People talk about his body language. It’s not like me. If you are not having the best day or my team, you try everything until the end. That’s my character.

“I think he also does that but the body language sometimes – you don’t have the feeling that he is.

“That has always been the thinking in his life people moan about. But the football, the technical stuff, you don’t have to say anything, it’s brilliant.

“Every human is different. He’s had a great career with his clubs and the national team. He has done everything right for himself and his career. Nobody’s perfect.”

Brighton and Arsenal will face other again in a Boxing Day clash today with kick-off set for 18:15 (CET).