Martin Keown has told German playmaker Mesut Ozil ‘he needs to look at himself’ after the Gunners star hit out at the critics who don’t know the truth behind his situation.
The ex-Real Madrid star has been left out of the last three games, despite receiving a salary of £350,000-a-week.
In total, German playmaker has missed over 100 games since making the switch to the Emirates Stadium back in 2013 through a combination of illness, injury and Emery’s belief he is ill-suited to playing against some of the teams in the Premier League.
In a wide-ranging interview with the Athletic yesterday, the experienced playmaker has insisted he had valid reasons for missing so many games and revealed that he was disappointed at how he has been treated.
Keown, however, claims that there is only one man to blame in his situation and it’s German himself.
‘I don’t care what he’s earning to play for the club it’s an honour to play and while you are there you make your mark.
‘At the moment is he setting a good example in training? As a senior player I would make sure that the youngsters would follow on.
‘I would graft, I would work, give everything I could. I would be collective and help the group around me.
‘I wouldn’t be talking about me. He’s looking about and saying I’m not playing now so don’t blame me.
‘Well, no! It’s about the collective it’s not about you. How do we get you in the team now to get you back in the group. That’s the next step for Ozil now. The opportunity is there.
‘I don’t see him saying anywhere he is desperate to play. For me, the oxygen every weekend was to be in that team and I would bust a gut and I want to see that from Ozil.’
Arsenal are currently in the Champions League zone and playing in the Europe League tournament and the depth of the squad what they need at the moment in order to compete for all possible trophies.