Paul Scholes admits he would have loved to have played with Mesut Ozil

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Paul Scholes has admitted that Arsene Wenger was correct when he said that the former Manchester United midfielder would of 'loved to play' with Mesut Ozil. 

Scholes has been critical of some of the German's performances for the Gunners, claiming he 'goes through the motions' during some games. However, Ozil was instrumental as Arsenal dumped United out of the FA Cup on Monday, winning 2-1 at Old Trafford. 

Scholes' view

Scholes wrote in The Independent: 'I found myself agreeing with Arsene Wenger on Monday night.

"The Arsenal manager said last Friday that I would have loved to have played alongside Mesut Ozil – and that would be right, as long as Ozil played every week as well as he did at Old Trafford.

"Arsenal impressed me against United, and that has been a rarity in recent years. There were similarities with their performance against Manchester City in January.

"They looked sharp and hungry, full of energy in midfield where they overpowered United. They looked physically commanding too, and Danny Welbeck’s pace and power were important."

Scholes also praised the performances of Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla during the victory. 

"Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin were the pick of the team in my opinion", he said.

Cazorla and Coquelin praise

"I never had them down as so strong. They were quick and aggressive and got the better of United. They showed Van Gaal’s team what they were lacking in midfield and, funnily enough, they were not afraid to be direct with their attacks when it suited them."

Before Monday's game, Wenger responded to Scholes' original comments about Ozil's mental state by saying: "It’s a wrong statement. He works very hard and he’s a great player. A player like Paul Scholes would have loved to play with Ozil. Mesut has a point to prove and he knows that.

"I believe he has the quality, he puts a lot of effort in to help the team and he works much harder than his style shows.

"You can be cheated a little bit by his style of play, because he is fluid, easy, subtle and he does not look like he puts the effort in, but he does."

Next on the list

Ozil helped the cup holders progress to the semi-finals of the cup competition where they will face either Bradford City or Reading at Wembley. Nacho Monreal gave Arsenal the lead before Wayne Rooney quickly equalised for the Red Devils.

Former United striker Danny Welbeck scored what turned out to be the winner with 61 minutes on the clock before duly celebrating before his old fans. 

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