Gerrard, Keown launch scathing attack on ‘liability’ Ozil

Date published: Monday 21st August 2017 9:10

Steven Gerrard and Martin Keown have blasted Mesut Ozil for his performance for Arsenal against Stoke.

Ozil, along with the rest of his teammates, failed to break down a combative Potters side in a 1-0 defeat on Saturday.

Mark Hughes was our early winner, and while no Arsenal player emerged with plaudits, Ozil was seen as a particular lowlight.

The World Cup winner has often come in for criticism over his lack of defensive input, and Gerrard and Keown singled him out on BT Sport.

“He’s left me frustrated – we’ve seen him on his day when he fancies doing both sides of the game he is a world-class talent,” Gerrard said.

“I just worry about his reaction and body language – when the ball is turned over he offers his team-mates zero. Away from home he’s a liability – he just doesn’t do enough.

“It’s clear to see that out of possession he doesn’t want to know – he only wants to be on the ball, trying to create and making things happen.

“But world class players do both – when they lose possession they put a shift in for their team-mates and it was clear that didn’t happen.”

Keown added: “The likes of Bergkamp, Henry and Vieira gave everything in the game – they put their foot in and could play.

“Arsenal can’t afford to carry someone like Ozil. He needs to have a good look at himself.

“He’s not kidding us, when we’re watching the game. It felt like he was going through the motions a lot of the time today.”

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