Arsenal legend Mariner baffled by Ozil current form after missing Hammers defeat

Arsenal legend Mariner baffled by Ozil current form after missing Hammers defeat

- Paul Mariner has questioned Mesut Ozil current form at Emirates Stadium

- Mariner believes the 30-year-old is doing little to justify a regular role or his new deal at Arsenal

- Ozil was absent for Arsenal over the weekend as they suffered a 1-0 derby defeat to London rivals West Ham

Mesut Ozil has been slammed for offering Arsenal nothing since penning an extension in 2018 with the Emirates dwellers claims club legend Paul Mariner.

According to a report citing ESPN FC podcast, Paul Mariner is unhappy with Ozil current form, insisting the 30-year-old Ozil is not doing enough to guarantee regular playing time in the Unai Emery tutored-side despite the euphoria that greeted his new deal back in February 2018.

“I’m dumbfounded why Arsenal would let [Alexis] Sanchez go. Sanchez, when I used to go to Arsenal to watch him play, he was phenomenal.

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“It didn’t pan out so much for United but they let Sanchez go, they’re letting [Aaron] Ramsey go for nothing! What’s going on?

“And with Ozil, there’s something going on with Ozil that we don’t know about.

“Arsenal decided to put all their eggs in one basket with Ozil, right? But what’s Ozil done for the club? Absolutely zero! Zero.

“Yes, he’s a fantastic player, but he’s got to get fit. He’s never fit! There’s something going on with this kid that we don’t know about,” Mariner added.

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Ozil was missing in action for Arsenal during last weekend’s 1-0 defeat by West Ham as the Gunners lacked creativity in the middle of the pack.

But Emery refused blaming lack of quality in the squad by claiming his side can cope without one player (Ozil).

He’s working this week normally. Like I said we win with him and lose with him. Today the decision is to come with these players.

“But, like I have said, we have won with him and lost with him, and today I chose the players who deserved to play in this match.

“I decided that these players were the best for this match.

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“We had enough players to win today. The quality is there. And I chose the players who deserved to play in this match,” the Spaniard explained.

Ozil will be looking forward to return for a crunch clash with Chelsea on Saturday which could go a long way towards determining whether Arsenal remain in the hunt for a top-four finish.

Earlier, reported Declan Rice's 48th minute strike was all West Ham United needed to beat visiting Arsenal 1-0 at the London Stadium this weekend.

It was a tough encounter that witnessed the Hammers rise two places on the log to eighth place after the hosts claimed maximum points in the meeting.

Felipe Anderson moved passed Alexandre Lacazette to sweep the ball in only for Samir Nasri to find Rice, who made no mistake in scoring through a superb strike to the top corner. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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