Arsene Wenger responds to Mesut Ozil claims that Arsenal 'screwed up' title challenge

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Arsene Wenger has responded to claims made by Mesut Ozil that Arsenal only have themselves to blame for falling behind Leicester and Tottenham in the title race.

The Gunners are currently 11 points behind Leicester with eight matches to go, although they do have a game in hand over the Foxes and Spurs.

Ozil, who has been Arsenal's finest player this season, admitted in an interview this week that his side had 'screwed it up ourselves’ after dropping points against the 'so called smaller teams' in the title race.

Wenger was less than happy with Ozil given that the title race is still on, and said he would be speaking to the former Real Madrid man about his comments.

“I will make sure they don’t feel that,” Wenger said. “The statement [by Ozil] is not welcome. Because we have to believe, no matter if it is just one chance in 100, we have to believe. We only have a real chance if we believe."

The French boss insisted he was happy to see one of his players speaking openly, but asked for Ozil to be more positive in the future.

“I have nothing against that," he said. "You want to be fair and honest. But you want as well to look forward. I want these players to be rewarded.

"If you look at the effort they have put in since the start of the season, mentally in their work and dedication every day, you know this group deserves to be rewarded. But Leicester will say the same and Tottenham as well. There’s still good opportunity and we have to grab it now. It’s now or never.”

Last month it was claimed that Ozil was seeking an exit from the Emirates Stadium because of a falling out with Wenger - something he was forced to take to Twitter over in order to deny.

The Gunners take on Watford at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon, while rivals Tottenham travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool. Leicester, five points clear of Spurs, play Southampton tomorrow.

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