Keown fumes over Ozil ‘picking and choosing his games’

Date published: Friday 4th May 2018 6:45

Mesut Ozil has been accused of “not giving everything” by former Arsenal defender Martin Keown.

Ozil was singled out for stinging criticism following Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid.

With the tie level at 1-1 heading into the second-leg at the Wanda Metropolitano, former Chelsea striker Diego Costa hit the only goal on the night to seal a 2-1 aggregate win for the LaLiga side.

Defeat for Arsenal means Wenger will leave at the end of the season with no silverware and with the club likely to finish sixth – the lowest position since the Frenchman arrived over 21 years ago.

Keown pinned some of the blame on Ozil while working for BT Sport.

“I haven’t been happy with him for some time,” Keown said of the Germany international.

“It seems as though he picks and chooses his games. He was on the edge of things today. I bet he doesn’t play again this season. He will have some emotional breakdown and won’t be able to play at the weekend.

“I don’t know how many illnesses he has had this season but the fella is not kidding me. That is not a proper performance. He isn’t giving everything and there is a lot more under the bonnet.

“He wasn’t fit to wear the shirt for me tonight and I have seen this a lot this season and it needs to be said.”

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