Gary Neville tells Arsenal to treat Ozil like Cristiano Ronaldo

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Gary Neville believes Mesut Ozil will benefit from the same privileges that were afforded to Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United.

The German international has struggled to settle at Arsenal since joining from Real Madrid in the summer for a record £42.5m.

Ozil endured another disappointing night against Bayern Munich, failing to make an impact before being withdrawn at half time with a hamstring injury. The Gunners went out to the reigning champions 3-1 on aggregate.

He appeared to to be back on form, scoring a goal and assisting another in Arsenal's 4-1 win over Everton last weekend, but regressed to the frustrated figure that has become more and more familiar at the Emirates this season.

Neville believes that Arsene Wenger should start taking a leaf from former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who allowed Ronaldo certain privileges in order to manage his massive talent effectively.

The former England and Manchester United star claims that Ferguson gave Ronaldo two weeks off in January to help him acclimatise to life without a winter break.

“Ozil getting a hard time. He's obviously dipped this last couple of months and the first season in a new league (without a Christmas break) can take some getting used to even with the price tag,” tweeted the former Manchester United stalwart.

“At the moment looks like he's finding it difficult mentally. However Arsenal are better for having him and he will return stronger.

“On the lack of a Christmas break--- no excuse really for an experienced manager. He could have given him one first two weeks in January - Ronaldo used to get one!”

Ozil is believed to have suffered a serious hamstring injury and could be set to miss key games against Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City in the coming weeks.

He will have a scan on Wednesday.

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