Its your “own fault” mate! Former Gunners star Lauren reacts and tells Ozil what he thinks of Ozil situation
Former Gunners star Lauren has claimed that Mesut Ozil is a “top player” but his exile from the Arsenal squad is his “own fault”
Ozil has been in the headlines alot over the past few days ever since news broke in the media that Mikel Arteta has dropped him from his 25-squad Premier League list, pretty much ending his stay at the Emirates.
Ozil pledged to try and turn his situation around after publicly questioning the club’s loyalty, but Lauren feels a man who arrived at the Emirates for £42 million ($55m) from Real Madrid in 2013 should take full responsibility for his current situation.
“Ozil is a top player, it’s sad to see a top player not being involved in a team like Arsenal,” the ex-Arsenal defender told Sky Sports.
“All of us who follow Arsenal want to see the best players but this situation has not come from now. I believe it is the same with (Unai) Emery and Arteta.
“Arteta would love to have the best players in the squad. If Ozil is not there it’s a consequence of many issues.
“First of all, it’s the fault of the player. I believe if you have the quality, if you are a top player, if you are not involved week in, week out I believe that is your own fault.
“Obviously all of the club have to try to do their best in order to make the player happy and be in the squad and be in the team and play every weekend.
“But the fact that with Emery and now with Arteta he hasn’t been consistent it is not the manager. I believe it is more the player than the manager or the club.”
Asked to expand on that point, Lauren added: “This is what I believe because if you have the quality, if you are a top player and you are 100 per cent committed in the team they will play you, they won’t have any other option.
“If you are doing everything that you should do as a top player it is difficult for a manager and a club to say ‘look, you are not going to play, you are not going to be involved in the team’.
“Of course it hurts (Ozil). It hurts (me) because I would love to see the best players in my team. I would love to see the best players playing for Arsenal.
“They’re the team that I follow, they’re the team that I love and I would like to see the best players in that squad but if he is not there it’s a consequence of so many issues that came from the past.”
You can help but agree with Lauren, Ozil has been poor even before he signed that massive £350,000-a-week contract.