Ozil crucial part of Arsenal side insists Wenger

Arsene Wenger has leapt to the defence of under fire star Mesut Ozil, stating that he is a crucial part of Arsenal’s first XI, Sky Sports is reporting.

German international Ozil has come in for fierce criticism from sections of the Arsenal faithful since the middle of last season, following a severe drop in form.

The 25-year-old cost Arsenal a whopping £42.5m back in the summer of 2013 but was a huge hit with his instant impact at the Emirates Stadium.

However as the season progressed Ozil’s game suffered, and a string of poor performances even saw him booed by German fans in the lead up to the World Cup in Brazil.

Yet Arsenal boss Wenger has launched a staunch defence of his player, insisting he was a valued member of his team and slamming those who are unhappy with him.

Wenger said after Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City: “People always have this kind of attitude about him.

“He worked hard against City and he played quite well.

“You see a good Ozil when you watch the game again. Then you realise his timing, his quality of the pass and something you can be frustrated during the game but you must not overreact.

“When you watch the game in a cool manner, you see what a good player he is. I have so many offensive players. I give him freedom to play outside and inside and he likes that.”

Ozil has made 44 appearances for Arsenal so far in his career in North London, netting seven goals in that time.

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