Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has come out to defend German star Mesut Ozil following criticism from a number of quarters over the 25 – year old midfielder’s performance as Arsenal fell 0 – 2 to Borussia Dortmund in their opening UEFA Champions League game.
Ozil, a World Cup winner with Germany was blamed for an insipid performance but Wenger says the midfielder is being used as the scapegoat and believes the amount of focus placed on the Gunners’ record signing is unnecessary.
Arsenal are still unbeaten in the English Premier League (EPL) though they have drawn their last three matches and, save for the qualifying matches with Besiktas, have failed to keep a clean sheet so far and Wenger, whose side had last lost in April, called for more understanding and not judging the player by just one game.
“Ozil should not be a scapegoat; I do not see why all this focus is being placed on him. We have only lost one game since April and now there is all this focus? Let’s be realistic. We have come from a very difficult preparation period and with decisive games.
“We had two difficult games against Besiktas so I do not understand why someone should be a scapegoat. The most difficult thing to manage today is that everybody knows absolutely everything and everybody judges people definitely on one game. They never acknowledge that football is played by human beings.
“You have plenty of tacticians in the world who have managed zero games”, he said.
Wenger now turns focus to domestic duties and will be aiming at a second win in the league when he leads his side against a high flying Aston Villa on Saturday 20 September at Villa Park.
He will have midfielder Mathieu Flamini back as well as Jack Wilshere who picked an ankle injury in the loss in Germany.