Graeme Souness questions Mesut Ozil’s attitude despite Arsenal star’s goal vs Newcastle

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Graeme Souness has claimed Mesut Ozil’s attitude is the reason why the midfielder is no longer at Real Madrid .

The Arsenal star scored in his side’s 4-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday – his first goal since April last year.

But despite appreciating Ozil’s technical qualities, Souness remains unimpressed by the 31-year-old’s overall approach to performing.

Speaking on Sky Sports ‘ coverage of the match, pundit Souness said: “He’s unbelievable. He sees a pass, in tight areas he keeps the ball.

“Same old accusation – does he bust a gut? No he doesn’t. Does he do the hard yards? No he doesn’t always do it.

Souness has criticised Ozil’s attitude

“When you think a player of his quality having one goal in 10 months – OK you’ve got to factor in a couple of months of the close season, but still.

“He seems to accept when things are not going well. If he had a slightly different attitude where he could get really angry and fired up with himself he’d still be at Real Madrid.”

Ozil has been a regular in the Arsenal team under new boss Mikel Arteta, who has selected the German at the heart of his side.

Ozil scored his first Arsenal goal in 10 months in the win over Newcastle
Ozil scored his first Arsenal goal in 10 months in the win over Newcastle

He grabbed Arsenal’s third against Newcastle, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe had given the Gunners a commanding lead.

After starting the move, Ozil then got on the end of Alexandre Lacazette’s cross to steer a volley home.

But Souness is unconvinced whether Arteta can get the best out of the playmaker.

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He added: “Arsene Wenger was – it would appear from the outside looking in – easy on him.

“[Unai] Emery came along, was hard on him. And now it’s a new managers turn, and I don’t know [if it will make a difference].

“He’s not a boy anymore, he’s a man. He knows what he has to do to be successful at this level.”



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