Arsenal's Arsène Wenger: Don't make Mesut Ozil scapegoat for team's start

Friday September 19th, 2014

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that criticism of midfielder Mesut Özil is unfair. 

Özil, who came to Arsenal last year from Real Madrid, has not scored a goal in three Premier League games this season, after having success during Germany’s victorious World Cup run this summer.

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“Why should he be a scapegoat? For what? We’ve lost one game since 1 April. Let’s be realistic,” Wenger said, according to the club’s website. “We have come out of a very difficult preparation period with decisive games. We had very difficult games against Besiktas. I don’t know – a scapegoat for what?”

Arsenal is tied for fifth in the Premier League through four games and plays Aston Villa on Saturday.

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