Arsenal legend Tony Adams says he is surprised by head coach Mikel Arteta‘s failure to pick playmaker Mesut Ozil since the restart.
The German midfielder has been out with a back problem recently but the player recently tweeted that he is ready for first-team action. Despite that statement, Arteta failed to even select him for the matchday squad against Liverpool during the week.
Adams believes Arteta’s decision to sideline Ozil could come back to haunt him if results take a turn for the worse in the coming weeks and months:
“As a coach, those kind of players can really make or break you. If you don’t get the results and you have a player like that on the sidelines that you’re not using, everyone’s going to point to it.”
“If you’re getting results and no ones looking they’re going to say: ‘Get him out of the club, he’s not needed.’ He’s a talent. The guy can win games. He’s a bit like Dennis Bergkamp, a World Cup winner and can open up doors. There would be a place in my team if they toughened up behind him to be honest with you.”
The entire situation surrounding Ozil is a bit strange, to say the least. Arteta was effusive in his praise of his former teammate when he first arrived as manager back in December.
The 31-year-old started all ten of the league games between the Spaniard’s appointment as head coach and the lockdown but there has clearly been a change, either in terms of fitness or attitude, which has led to a disagreement between the pair.