Cape Town - Mesut Ozil is being made a scapegoat for Arsenal’s current issues, believes the midfielder’s agent.
Ozil was the subject of criticism after Arsenal’s 5-1 thrashing
against Bayern Munich in midweek after the German international appeared
half-hearted in his efforts.
The 28-year-old completed just 20 passes, the same as Bayern keeper
Manuel Neuer and was lethargic in closing down Arjen Robben for the
But with Arsenal coming under scrutiny for their struggles in both
the Premier League and Champions League, Ozil’s representative Dr Erkut
Sogut says the former Real Madrid man is an easy target.
"Criticism is normal if a player plays badly," he told BBC Sport.
"But Mesut feels people are not focusing on his performance; they are using him as a scapegoat for the team after bad results.
"In these games people usually target a player who cost a lot of
money and earns a lot of money, that is Mesut. But he can't be always
be the scapegoat. That's not fair.
"Football is a team sport and Arsenal are not performing well as a
team. Eleven players were on the pitch but Mesut was singled out for
criticism. Was he the reason that Arsenal conceded five goals?
"It started before the match, throughout the week leading up to the
game. People started discussing: 'Should he play? Should he be
"It was as if everyone knew Arsenal would not make it through and we
needed a scapegoat. This is not right. You win as a team and you lose as
Arsenal next face Sutton United in the fifth round of the FA Cup with manager Paul Doswell saying that he was looking to add more misery on Arsene Wenger when the two teams meet at The Borough Sports Ground on Monday night.
Kick off is at 21:55.