Former Arsenal player claims that Mesut Ozil wasn’t the best player at the club

Mesut Ozil, earlier this week, announced retirement from football.

Mesul Ozil
Mesul Ozil (Image Source: Twitter)

On March 22, Ozil, who transferred from Real Madrid to the north London team in 2013, confirmed his retirement from the game. He retires as a legend in this game and his retirement comes as a shock considering he is only 34.

According to former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong, Mesut Ozil wasn’t the finest player throughout his time at the Emirates. Instead, he listed four other players who he thought were superior and listed other things why he thought.

What did the former Arsenal midfielder speak about Mesut Ozil?

Frimpong while speaking to BettingSites spoke about how the German midfielder wasn’t the best player at the club at that time. He said, “Ozil was not the best player of the Arsenal Emirates era. The top three is Robin van Persie, Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez. Cesc Fabregas would be fourth too, so Ozil might make the top five.”

Then the former Arsenal player touched up on the topic that Mesut Ozil was a tad bit lazy. He said, “The way Mesut Ozil plays makes him look lazy. I was there when he made his debut against Sunderland, he assisted Olivier Giroud to win the match and was the best player in that game. Ozil’s style of play was relaxed and not rushed, I think people took that as him being lazy.” 

Frimpong then later gave an explanation for his statement about calling Ozil lazy and claimed that he made others do the running. He said, “Ozil did not do the extra running because he relied on others to do it for him, but he would create chances whenever he received the ball and he did that throughout his career.”

The attacking midfielder was a respected player with shrewd passing when he arrived at the Emirates. Between 2013 and 2021, Ozil scored 44 goals and provided 79 assists in 254 appearances for Arsenal. With 19 assists, he maintains the mark for the second-most in a Premier League season. He also assisted the team in four FA Cup victories.

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