Mesut Ozil’s agent claims the Arsenal star is being made a scapegoat for the team’s current problems.
Ozil, 28, was part of the Arsenal team that lost 5-1 to Bayern Munich midweek in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg, a game in which he appeared to play a peripheral role.
But his agent Dr Erkut Sogut told BBC Sport criticism of Ozil is unfair.
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil in Munich, southern Germany, February 15. Ozil's agent claims he has been made a 'scapegoat' for Arsenal's problems. Christof Stache/AFP/Getty
“Criticism is normal if a player plays badly,” Sogut said.
“But Mesut feels people are not focusing on his performance; they are using him as a scapegoat for the team after bad results.
“In these games [against Bayern] people usually target a player who cost a lot of money and earns a lot of money—that is Mesut. But he can't be always be the scapegoat. That's not fair.”
Arsenal faces a test of a very different kind on Monday evening when it travels to non-league Sutton United in the FA Cup fifth round.Try Newsweek: Subscription offers