Martin Keown has claimed that Mesut Ozil can’t be trusted by Arsene Wenger anymore.
In a classic example of reading too much into things, Keown has made the rather bizarre claim that Wenger doesn’t trust Ozil anymore.
This was after the German was left out of the starting line-up against West Brom last Monday. The decision was mostly related to his fitness, having missed training due to a knee injury.
However, Keown saw it differently, and believes his omission was a “huge story”.
“Ozil is the one I wouldn’t trust as much mentally, and I believe he’s not playing tonight because the gaffer really can’t trust him any more,” Keown told BBC Radio 5 Live (via Goal.com).
“I think it’s a huge story that Ozil doesn’t play tonight.
“If you look at their pre-seasons, Ozil wasn’t in the German squad in the summer, he came back on the very first day of pre-season, and didn’t then start the season, there was a bit of suspicion around him.
“Last year he went missing for a couple of months and I think that’s his tactic in terms of getting away from the football club.
“I don’t know, but I have a feeling that he’s going to take his reliability away from selection.”
The comments are strange given that Ozil started the games against Leicester, Stoke, Liverpool and Bournemouth. He missed the Chelsea game due to injury, but returned and came off the bench in the next game against West Brom. None of that suggests that Wenger no longer trusts him.
I’m not entirely sure what suspicion there was around Ozil. Despite being in the final year of his contract, there was no real danger of him leaving during the summer transfer window.
Little about his performances suggest he’s putting in any less effort than usual. He may be short of his best form, but he is trying.
Chances are, he’ll be playing against Brighton on Sunday and that “huge story” of him not starting against West Brom will become even more irrelevant than it already is.