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

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