Arsenal legend Martin Keown has slammed Mesut Ozil after the playmaker this week expressed his frustrations at a lack of first team action.
The former Germany international, who won the World Cup with his country in 2014, has been out of Unai Emery’s first team plans for the majority of the current season.
Ozil has insisted that he intends to see out his current deal which runs until 2021 and fight for his place in the team.
Mesut Ozil has not been in Unai Emery’s side for the majority of this season with Arsenal
The midfield star said this week that he intends to stay for the duration of his current deal
However, Keown has hit out at the 31-year-old, saying that the £43m signing should look closer to home when pointing the finger of blame.
‘He has to take a look at himself. It can’t be everybody else’s fault,’ Keown told talkSPORT.
‘I don’t care what he’s earning to play for the club, it’s an honour to play and while you are there you make your mark. At the moment, is he setting a good example in training?’
Keown expressed how he would approach the situation if he were in Ozil’s position, and implored the midfielder to work hard to prove his worth at the Emirates Stadium.
Martin Keown slammed Ozil’s attitude and commitment to his former club on Friday
‘As a senior player I would make sure that the youngsters would follow on. I would graft, I would work, give everything I could. I would be collective and help the group around me.
‘I wouldn’t be talking about me. He’s looking about and saying ‘I’m not playing now so don’t blame me’. Well… No. It’s about the collective – it’s not about you.
‘How do we get you in the team now to get you back in the group? That’s the next step for Ozil now. The opportunity is there.
‘I don’t see him saying anywhere he is desperate to play. For me, the oxygen every weekend was to be in that team and I would bust a gut and I want to see that from Ozil.’