Martin Keown has found way to pin Arsenal’s defeat against Watford on Mesut Ozil.
Ozil, who played less then twenty minutes in the 2-1 defeat to Watford, was the subject of yet more criticism after the game.
Keown, who has been on Ozil’s back all season long, argued that the German wasn’t ruthless enough in the game and doesn’t think he’ll still be at the club in January.
“The top players are ruthless and they don’t play for fun. I don’t know if he’s got that ruthlessness in his make-up. That ball has got to be in the back of the net (speaking on missed chance),” he said, as reported by the Daily Mail.
“That should be game over, Arsenal have won the game. People might think I’m coming for him but you’ve got to be clinical in those situations. Is he really bothered there?
“He’s just missed an opportunity to win the game for Arsenal and everything that happens afterwards wouldn’t have happened. I don’t know if he cares enough or not but he’s certainly not ruthless enough.
“There’s only one outcome isn’t there? When it comes to January surely Ozil will be gone.”
Ozil certainly should have scored. Alex Iwobi and Hector Bellerin also had good chances to score, but are, weirdly enough, not being singled out for not caring enough. Nor are the defenders who conceded the goals.
Apparently Ozil can’t even be bothered to score goals now. Soon enough, Keown will be watching him walk into the stadium and declaring he isn’t walking with enough purpose and isn’t wearing his suit properly.
One can only guess how Keown would have responded had Ozil scored the goal.
Would he be praising Ozil for a good finish in front of goal and making an impact off the bench, like a top player should do? It’s hard to say, given his apparent determination to find flaws with everything the German does.
Whether Ozil leaves in January or not remains to be seen, but I imagine it’s this sort of treatment that will drive him away.