When will this criticism of Mesut Ozil ever stop?

Mesut Ozil is a coward claims German Bobic by Iomie

Every day there is further criticism of the Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, and now he has been called a ‘coward’ for his decision to retire from International football after a poor performance at the World Cup.

Özil was a member of the Germany squad that went out of the World Cup finals in Russia at the group stage and faced heavy criticism for his two appearances, with many believing he did not look interested and showed no desire to help the Champions progress into the next round.

It sounds very familiar for many of us who have constantly slated the midfielders desire and hunger in big games for the club, as his inability to show up when it matters most has become something of a regular occurance.

Anyways, Özil has blamed ‘unfair discrimination’ over his meeting with the Turkish president Tayyip Erdoğan in May for his decision to retire from international football.

And Fredi Bobic, the former Germany international and current sporting director of Eintracht Frankfurt, has ripped into the £350,000-a-week midfielder and admitted he retired in a ‘cowardly way.’

He told Bild: ‘I think that’s a bit cowardly.

‘Ozil’s criticism on social media, especially in the direction of the German Football Association (DFB), is unbearable.

‘This blanket charge of racism simply does not correspond to reality. He could have given an interview somewhere, live on TV.

‘For us footballers, the rule is “be a man and stand up”.’

Despite his recent troubles boss Unai Emery and a number of team-mates have stepped up and backed his decision to retire from International football, as it seems all the blame has been shifted away from just how poor the German squad were in Russia, and put on the shoulders of Ozil.

I just hope all the media attention doesn’t distract him from the fact he has a job to do here at the Emirates, and is pivotal to our quest to get back into the top four. Is it ever going to end?



  1. Chiza says:

    .. Pop!.. Pop!..Pop!…… Pop your drinks!… Pop your drinks!… Pop your drinks!…Dembele is coming!!….Dembele is coming!!!… Dembele is coming!!!!……pop!…pop!..pop!….. Premier league be ready!!!…………my sources tell me it has been sealed….the details of the deal to come soon..both clubs are keeping it secret as for now……I’m so happy!!

    1. gotanidea says:

      Save your energy

      It would be highly improbable because I don’t think Arsenal are willing to spend 100M+ for a young player

      If any winger would come, it would most likely someone cheap like Adama Traore

      1. Sal says:

        that would make your day gotanidea wouldn’t it? you love your pacy direct dribblers, end product be damned 😉

        hope he comes good so you can say i told you so, but unlikely mate 🙂

    2. jon fox says:

      What are you? Nostradamus perhaps? If Dembele signs for us I will give you a hundred pounds and if he does not you give me twenty only . Agreed?

      1. Counsel says:

        @ Jonh at your old age retire from being a football fan,you had enough already and leave the young generation of fans to support the team.Your arrogance and purported superior intelligence is laughable. In the previous post you said I’m a ‘person’ in quotes ,because you think I don’t deserve to be a human. All @ admin can do is warning me when people are abusing my person! Arsenal is not anyone mother’s personal property it’s a club for all of us

        1. GunnerJack says:

          The problem is that some of the ‘young generation of fans’ have proved themselves to be just a bunch of mindless bandwagon jumpers.
          And what’s age got to do with anything anyway?
          And as for arrogance – is it not YOU who is telling someone else what they should or shouldn’t do? Who are you to tell someone to retire . . . or do anything else for that matter? Is that not arrogance?

          1. Ken1945 says:

            GunnerJack, not just arrogance, also ignorance and a lack of class.
            I wonder if he would say that to his father?
            Well done Jon for not responding to this foolish juvenile.

  2. Chiza says:

    see dembele becoming the next thirty Henry for our club… Just the way Henry was bought from Juventus,after Juventus felt he can’t make it in their club.. Henry came to arsenal to become a legend of not just arsenal but the game of football….i see Dembele taking similar paths…but unlike Henry who was denied the award of the ballon dor…..Dembele will never be denied..I’m sure of that.. . Welcome Dembele!!!

  3. gotanidea says:

    I don’t think Ozil is a coward, but he is more like a celebrity than a footballer now, like what Beckham previously

    His performances in the field have reflected that

    Ozil’s critics at Arsenal can say anything about him. But he will go nowhere for at least the next two years because of his mega salary and no real interest from other clubs, so we can only suck it

  4. Arsenalian says:

    I can’t stand Ozil. He is a total liability. Yeah he creates lots of chances against poor teams that park the bus against Arsenal and Germany where defending is less of an issue. Against those teams, he is really great, but is that really a reason to have such a luxury player? Against the decent teams, it’s like playing 10 vs 11 actually worse. Sometimes he acts like he is going to defend (like Mexico’s first goal against Germany against the WC) and then doesn’t defend at all giving the attacker a free shot from close range at goal. Were he not on the field at all, another decent player would have defended and it would not have been a free opportunity for the other team. Additionally he clearly has no heart. Normally when a player loses the ball, they make an effort to win it back. Not Ozil, he’s such a “delicate genius”. Generally he just throws his hands up in the air and then watches the other team counter. Good riddance. Too bad for Arsenal that he’s still there. Emery won’t put up with his BS for long though. I bet he won’t start in the big games and will be used a a luxury sub like Fabregas for Chelsea (who has similar but less obvious issues).

    1. ger burke. says:

      arsenalian, i could not have written it better myself sir. well done to you , my exact thoughts indeed. and i hope you are correct in thinking that he will only be used as a luxury sub. i am so sick of watching arsenal play with 10 men , get rid of as soon as possible i say , but thats just my opinion. the football gods and gurus, on here, will , no doubt , point to his stats. well, i , for one, am only intrested in the stat up in the left hand corner of the screen, in other words, the scoreline. stats never ever won a game that ive watched down through the years .

      1. Goonerbri says:

        You must be a younger gooners. Prob not played much football at a high level. I for one have, and have been a gooner over 45 years. Ozil is one of our best players and shud be supported. I appreciate everyone’s opinion, But if you can’t see the class in ozil and support ozil then go and support the noisy lot down the road. Maybe you might like watching dele Ali and kane.

          1. OzzieGunner says:

            ?Some people like players to run around the field like headless chickens creating nothing and consider them “hard workers.” Ozil creates the greatest number of chances in the preliminary rounds, even though he only played 2 games; yet he caused Germany’s elimination when players around him “couldn’t hit a barn door”.

      2. RSH says:

        hes talented but incredibly inconsistent. I think Arsenal can do better too, but defense and a winger are still something we need to improve on first. I dont see ozil pressing like Emery will want him to this season and I think this will create a problem. Any player that isn’t committed shouldn’t be starting. I hope Ozil is ready to step it up, because he’s another player has gotten it easy at times under AW.

  5. Declan says:

    The best way to deal with trolls is to ignore them.
    Boric is a troll, just like the rest of them.
    You are just giving him credence by publishing his rant. Ignore him and it goes away.

    1. Declan says:

      Bobic not Boric!

  6. Sir b says:

    Who new Bobic when he was a footballer? Frankfurt director indeed

  7. qoni says:

    lets give our support to ozil. that what he needs most at the moment. we all know how good he is. help him establish himself again. – gooner = forever

  8. Tatgooner says:

    ozil is behind only de bruyne for me in the premier league best ams.
    and the 4th best player behind hazard d bruyne and salah

    1. gotanidea says:

      Stats lovers should have seen these statistics, to see how far Ozil has fallen behind:


      For a so called world class no 10 with diamond eyes, he very rarely made successful through balls in his first fifty assists in EPL

      1. Hackinubee says:

        And Xhaka is the pass master!!!

      2. RSH says:

        i have sympathy for the bad situation Ozil is in, but it doesnt erase his very inconsistent form with Arsenal. He’s not been that great and needs to do better. Simple as that.

  9. ks-gunner says:

    The critisem will stop the moment he starts to step up his game and prove people wrong. To do so he needs to play good and not hide and look up for excuses everytime things dont go according to plan. I can see Ozil taking heat pretty soon at Arsenal as well, that i am sure. And it will be very ugly.

  10. Counsel says:

    From where I sit Ozil is overrated

    1. Mask says:

      Maybe you should stand up and have a better look. I supose that he is not very fast in FIFA game and you want them to be fast that you can win with more ease. 😉

  11. ThirdManJW says:

    Luckily for Ozil things will ease off from now on, and he won’t be playing against Chelsea, and City, which is surely another relief for him.

  12. Sue says:

    This is Ozil we’re talking about, the criticism will NEVER stop!

    1. Maks says:

      But for me…
      Ozil FOREVER!
      Ozil is kind of player I enjoyed the most when I was younger. I hope this kind will never die off. I hope he will play like he used to for Arsenal and help his successor – Smith Rowe !

      1. Sue says:

        Maks… I’m an Ozil fan! No criticism from me, but other people always find fault with him

  13. Gifted says:

    The truth is Ozil is only a shadow of his former self. Germany won’t miss him at all that’s for sure. I can’t believe people here keep saying he is the best no. 10 in the world. Open your eyes folks!! Ask yourself, given the choice to choose one amf between Debryune, silva, isco, Eriksen , Fab, carzola, Thiago, James etc..Would you take Ozil? I can’t remember him producing moments of magic like his days at RM. He rarely puts a fight too and those who say his work is not defending are ignorant of modern football. But. stats lovers will come here with crap of the chances he creates and how every striker who has played with him has failed. Well, he has Auba now..Let’s see how he fares

    1. Victoria Concordia Crescit says:

      ” He rarely puts a fight too and those who say his work is not defending are ignorant of modern football”

      Good point …. how can a so called world class number 10 divide so much opinion ? The ozil lovers only point out to stats . but we watch him week in week out.

    2. ThirdManJW says:

      All those fans saying “Ozil just needs quality around him”. Well Ozil has actually got even worse since the arrivals of Auba, Miki, and Laca. So I guess those three aren’t quality?

  14. Phil says:

    I just love Mesut Ozil the footballer.He is a World Class No10 And has proved it at Club and International level.BUT and this is a very big BUT,the player can now have no excuses for not performing to a higher standard more consistently.Gone are the days of him having to play with Giroud and Walcott.He now has Lacazette and Aubamayang with Mykitarian in support.He has a CDM to help shore us up and a Coach who it seems will demand every last ounce of effort from every player.We will have different tactics and training.The support for Emery will be so much more supportive than Wenger received in his final few seasons.The fan base will be behind him after his gross mistreatment by his national side.
    But it is entirely down to Ozil.He MUST want it.

    1. Counsel says:

      Mr Phil the person who plays behind the striker logic dictates that he is the one who makes the last pass that results to a goal being scored and that can’t measure the ability of a player alone,a no. 10 should be scoring a significant number of goals and all round game including helping in defense to be good enough.Even in those assists he is not always at the top ,

      1. Phil says:

        Mr Counsel-Do you really want your No10 using all his energy defending when his primary role is creating.And yes I agree scoring.
        Under Wenger we were very “zonal “ in both our defending and attacking.I feel under Emery we will be working more a a unit.Dont get me wrong.I can understand why Ozil is criticised over his workrate and body language.But we are talking about a very very good footballer here who is simply far better attacking than he is defending.
        I believe his stats regarding his workraye are far higher than some will imagine.I personally would much rather he use his energy finding space for himself to enable him to do what he is best at which iOS creating and scoring goals

        1. Counsel says:

          most obliged sir,

        2. GunnerJack says:

          Nicely put Phil

  15. Jay says:

    Ozil is a very good footballer one of the top 3 no 10 in the premier league. For me better than Ericsson. For skills I rate him alongside David Silva at his peak, Eden Hazard .

  16. JADON SPIRIT says:

    Hate Him or Love HIM, Ozil is Ozil, you guy’s can only watch him on Tele and criticize him, none of you can never be like him. Now he’s going to play in that no 10 role and have Auba and Laca in front of him, with Torreira behind him. What good did Wenger did to these Arsenal players over the years? Now that we have a new manager give all the players the necessary support they need instead of criticizing them. When they win they win for all of us, they need our support to win for us.


  17. John Rambo says:

    Will all the totenham and chelsea fans stop with the nonsense comments about the arsenal players and manager. We all stand with ozil.

  18. RSH says:

    He must step it up this season and appear in the games that matter. I’ll be very upset if he goes another big game hiding and we lose. If we lose but I see he tried his hardest, I can’t get upset tho. It’s just obvious when he is not. I have a lot of sympathy for the racist treatment he has gotten from Germany media, but he should use it as a fresh start to do better for club. Because his club form really has been all over the place for quite a while. he needs to show us why he got that big contract.

  19. Sean Williams says:

    It’s pure racism from Germany. If it wasn’t then there would be as much criticism of Thomas Muller who was totally useless, Timo Werner, who was double useless, and the two Julians who were worse than worse than useless. Yet it’s only Ozil who is singled out. Leaves a bad taste.

  20. Uche Edochie says:

    All these Germans that are so furious with Ozil are really upset for one reason and one reason alone. Ozil has outsmarted them by leaving the national team and suddenly, they no longer have a punching bag. So should they fail again, they will be exposed because they can no longer blame Ozil. They are really mad. Now I understand why Ozil had to leave. This obsession with him is not normal. These guys have to man up and accept that the German team was below par. Period. I watched their games. No cutting edge. They just kept passing the ball side ways and doing little with it.

  21. OzzieGunner says:

    I know one thing for sure; when Ozil wasn’t playing for Arsenal the creativity from midfield dropped alarmingly. Arsenal didn’t look like scoring.

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