Mesut Ozil: Arsenal ‘screwed up’ this season

Date published: Thursday 31st March 2016 1:17

Mesut Ozil has no doubt who is to blame for Arsenal’s poor season: Arsenal themselves.

The German international has been comfortably the club’s best player, racking up 427 assists. Yet that form has not been matches across the team, with Arsenal sitting behind Tottenham and Leicester in the Premier League and knocked out of the FA Cup by Watford.

Ozil believes that Arsenal can still win the league, but admits that they cocked things up against the Premier League’s smaller clubs.

“Looking at our season so far, we have to be honest and admit that we screwed up ourselves,” Ozil told Spox (via Goal UK). “We did not play to our potential in the games against the so-called smaller teams. You immediately get punished for that in the Premier League.

“But we still have a chance of winning the title. We have to hope Leicester and Tottenham slip up and then make the most of it.

“I would be delighted for Wenger if we win the title. He played a major role in my decision to join Arsenal. He was desperate to sign me. Everybody knows he is an extraordinary manager. He is always hungry for success, has a lot of experience and always takes his time for the players. He helps players develop.”

Ozil is also insistent that Arsene Wenger must strengthen his squad this summer:

“Teams will only get stronger and Arsenal will have to strengthen as well. This season has shown that we struggle when we are missing a number of key players. We cannot allow this to happen again next season.”

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