Wenger offers thoughts on Ozil’s rivalry with ‘legends’

Date published: Thursday 7th September 2017 11:35 - Matthew Stead

Arsene Wenger has offered his thoughts on Mesut Ozil’s ongoing rivalry with a number of Arsenal “legends”.

Ozil has come in for criticism since the start of last season in particular, with Ian Wright accusing him of “hiding behind” Alexis Sanchez.

Martin Keown, along with Steven Gerrard, blasted the German for his performance in the defeat to Stoke in August, while Emmanuel Petit branded the current crop of Gunners as “babies”.

Ozil responded to the numerous former Arsenal players last week, telling them to “stop talking and start supporting!”

Wenger was asked about the situation on Thursday.

“I always have problems understanding what a legend and what a legend isn’t,” he said.

“I have had all the players here and we speak today, but they all had their weaknesses as well. Don’t worry about that. They had their weak games as well, and their weak behaviours as well. Nobody was perfect.

“We have to take a distance with that as well, focus on our performance and not be dragged into any animosity.

“We are all grateful for what they have done for the club, but what matters is always the players on the pitch who can defend the pride of the club.”

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