What Gary Neville said about Mesut Ozil after Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea was perfect

Published Add your comment

Football News

There have been many times over the past four-and-a-half years where Arsenal fans would have been glad to see the back of Mesut Ozil.

The German playmaker has flattered to deceive in multiple big matches since arriving at the Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.

However, with just six months left because he’s free to walk away from the north London outfit, you’d do well to find a single Gunners supporter who’d be pleased to see Ozil leave the club.

The 29-year-old has been in fine form of late and produced another excellent performance in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against Chelsea on Wednesday evening.

While he didn’t get himself on the scoresheet or register an assist - Jack Wilshere and Hector Bellerin netted Arsenal’s two goals on the night - he was a constant threat in the attacking third of the pitch.

Neville dropped tweet about Ozil after the match

One pundit who has been particularly critical of Ozil since he joined Arsenal is the former Manchester United captain Gary Neville.

At times, Neville’s criticism of Ozil has been entirely justified. Arsenal fans would argue there have also been times when the Sky Sports pundit has been too hard on the World Cup winner.

Following the entertaining draw at the Emirates, Neville tweeted: “I enjoyed the game tonight. Some excellent attacking play on show from Arsenal . I’ve been critical of Ozil in the past but his performance tonight was wonderful.”

It’s hard to disagree. Ozil was arguably Arsenal’s standout performer on the night.

Neville hit the nail on the head about Ozil on his podcast

On his podcast, Neville continued to hit the nail on the head about Ozil.

“I have been critical at times about Mesut Ozil and his body language. He was wonderful tonight. He was absolutely wonderful,” Neville admitted.

“The way Ozil is playing. Like I say, I have been critical of him at times - I do believe that he has, body language wise, gone missing in matches.

Arsenal v Chelsea - Premier League

“Tonight was an incredibly fantastic display. Intelligence, awareness on the half turn, causing big problems for attackers and defenders. When you think about the classic No. 10 position - of being in between midfield and defence - and sliding across that line where one thinks he’s got you but then he moves behind another and that player doesn’t quite look over his shoulder.

“It was a display that if any young player at home could get hold of our big camera that we have and just see his positions and his intelligence tonight was wonderful.”

High praise from Neville

High praise indeed from Neville, who is the first to admit that he hasn’t always been impressed with Ozil’s contribution in an Arsenal shirt.


The big question now, however, is: can Arsenal convince him to sign that contract extension?

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Gary Neville
Mesut Özil

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again