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Petit: “Ozil is a wasted talent”

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Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has slammed Mesut Ozil once again by claiming that his talent has gone to waste.

The German playmaker’s now been absent for Arsenal’s last five games after manager Unai Emery left him benched in their 2-0 Premier League win over London rivals Chelsea last weekend.

The Spaniard later stated that he still retains faith in Ozil and added he will likely play a part in their upcoming games over the rest of this month, amid growing concerns that the 30-year-old’s time at the Emirates Stadium is coming to an end.

Now Petit, who suggested last week that Ozil had lost his desire to continue playing football, reiterated his frustrations over the former Germany international.

“It is very frustrating. I cannot remember the last time he was an artist on the pitch; now when he asks questions we already know the answers,” Petit told the Daily Mail.

“He is a wasted talent, he has a terrible psychological problem.

“In 2002, when the French team went out [of the World Cup] as champions, it was shameful, not just that we lost it but the way we lost it.

“It is the same with Germany in 2018. Ozil was seen as one of the most responsible for that because of his body language on the pitch.

“But it was already the case for Ozil for the last two years for Arsenal – one great game, four average. Mentally he is not there anymore.

“Physically he is in good shape, he has talent, we all know his quality, but if you cannot work your brain to be the beautiful player we know you can be, it’s over.

“If I was Ozil when you have won so many things – the World Cup – it’s human that if you are not starting, you stop working, you do not have any targets any more.

“I can understand that, I was the same at the end of my career, but for me, I had a lot of injuries that could have stopped me.

“He has the luxury to still be in shape, to be appreciated by his club, he signed a new contract, they gave him what he wanted. The least he could do is pay back that confidence.”

Arsenal will play Manchester United in a fourth-round FA Cup game tonight at the Emirates with kick-off set for 20:55 (CET).