Mesut Ozil admits Arsenal have 'screwed up' the title-race

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Trailing Leicester by eleven points with a game in hand, Arsenal’s title hopes hang by a thread.

The Gunners were title favourites in January but a miserable run of two wins in nine Premier League matches have left Arsene Wenger’s men playing catch-up.

Defeats against Chelsea, Manchester United and Swansea along with draws against Liverpool, Stoke, Southampton and Spurs resulted in many Arsenal fans believing that their annual capitulation in the league has happened yet again.


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But the league title poses as Arsenal’s only chance of silverware this season.

That’s because they were humbled at home to Watford in the FA Cup, while they were comfortably beaten by Barcelona in the Champions League.

Despite being likely to finish empty handed come the end of the season, Mesut Ozil has been impressive in an Arsenal shirt throughout.

Blown it

The German has managed 18 assists this campaign, just two short of the Premier League record set by club legend Thierry Henry, but he admits that his side have thrown away the chance to win the title.

"Looking at our season so far, we have to be honest and admit that we screwed up ourselves,” he told Spox, per Daily Mail.

"We did not play to our potential in the games against the so-called smaller teams. You immediately get punished for that in the Premier League.”

Title-race not over

However, the Gunners still have eight matches remaining in the league and the pressure of the title-race is still yet to really begin.

Both Leicester and Spurs - who are six points ahead of Arsenal having played a game more - have difficult matches to come and Ozil refuses to rule out the possibility of winning the league.

"We still have a chance of winning the title. We have to hope Leicester and Tottenham slip up and then make the most of it,” he said.

Win it for Wenger

Wenger has been in charge of the north London club for 20 years but hasn’t lifted the Premier League trophy since 2004. Ozil believes the Frenchmen deserves to win his fourth league title in England.

"I would be delighted for Wenger if we win the title. He played a major role in my decision to join Arsenal,” he admitted.

"He was desperate to sign me. Everybody knows he is an extraordinary manager. He is always hungry for success, has a lot of experience and always takes his time for the players. He helps players develop.”

Need to strengthen

But even if Arsenal fail the win the league this season, Ozil knows exactly what the club need to do in the summer.

"Teams will only get stronger and Arsenal will have to strengthen as well,” Ozil insisted.

"This season has shown that we struggle when we are missing a number of key players. We cannot allow this to happen again next season."

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