Arsenal legend Petit slams misfiring Ozil after substitution during draw at Brighton

Arsenal legend Petit slams misfiring Ozil after substitution during draw at Brighton

- Club icon Emmanuel Petit has slammed Ozil's desire and commitment despite earning £350,000-a-week

- Petit insists Ozil has 'been a ghost for two years' as he struggles for form in the current campaign

- Arsenal tackle Premier League pacesetters Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday evening

Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit claims Mesut Ozil has 'been a ghost for two years' at the Emirates after losing his desire to be a world class football star.

According to a UK Daily Mail report citing Daily Mirror, Ozil, who penned a new £350,000-a-week contract at the Emirates Stadium in January, has continued to struggle under Arsenal boss Unai Emery, and was substituted at half-time during the draw at Brighton.

And Petit, who featured in 116 games for Arsenal during his playing days winning the Double back in 1998, has now criticized Ozil for his below-the-par performance.

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Mesut Ozil was taken off at half-time. I'm a big fan of his, but he has been a ghost for two years,” the club icon Petit told the Daily Mirror.

“Where is the Ozil who was one of the best players around, making so many assists and goals? I think he has lost his desire on the pitch, it's not there anymore.”

After 22 games unbeaten run in all competition between August and mid-December Arsenal lost 3-2 at Southampton and then crashed out of the Carabao Cup with a 2-0 home loss to north London rivals Tottenham.

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Petit remains unhappy Arsenal played a 1-1 draw against Brighton and Hove at the Amex Stadium on Boxing Day to keep them on the fifth spot after showing promises.

In defence they are weak, they're average. They make individual and collective errors.

“Sometimes you have to laugh. Their injuries are not an excuse, most of the players who stepped in are individuals.

“The quality they had been showing vanished [in the Brighton game] and it became obvious what their weakest link was - the defence.

“I don't know what's going on with some of these players. During the long unbeaten run you thought Arsenal are back on track.

“But now I look back at the number of those games in which they were lucky and, suddenly, reality returned.”

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The Gunners will square up against the Reds currently at the summit of the Premier League log at Anfield on Saturday and Petit believes it will be a herculean task against the Kop side.

“If Arsenal go to Anfield thinking they can just keep plodding away the way they have been, it's over - they'll leave the stadium with three or four goals against them,” Petit added.

Meanwhile, previously had reported that Arsenal failed to beat Brighton and Hove Albion after they were held to a 1-1 draw in their Boxing Day clash at Falmer Stadium.

It took Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang just seven minutes to open scoring for the Gunners away from home.

But a 35th minute equaliser from Jurgen Locadia ensured parity was restored for the home team before the first half was wrapped up. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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