Mesut Ozil thinks he is now being made the scapegoat for Arsenal’s poor run performances, that’s according to his agent.
Arsene Wenger came under intense pressure to drop the 28-year-old German ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League Round of 16 first leg tie against Bayern Munich.
Wenger didn’t drop Ozil, but he was surprisingly ineffectual like his teammates in a pathetic Arsenal display, as the Gunners suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat.
“Criticism is normal if a player plays badly,” Dr Erkut Sogut 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.”
Sogut also questioned why Ozil had to go under so much criticism when Bayern Munich enjoyed 74% possession in the match.
“How can someone in the No.10 position create chances if you don’t have the ball?” he added.
“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.
“It started before the match, throughout the week leading up to the game. People started discussing: ‘Should he play? Should he be dropped?’.
“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 a team.”
There have been rumors going on that Mesut Ozil’s representatives have suddenly stalled over talks to extend his contract at the Emirates, but Sogut straightaway denied that was the case, rather claimed his client was happy at the club despite the increased speculation.