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Mesut Ozil accused of completely changing after Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal departure

Martin Keown has accused Mesut Ozil of changing from the player who signed a new contract during Arsene Wenger’s final days at Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger and Mesut Ozil during an Arsenal training session

Ozil is out in the cold at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta, having been left out of the Gunners’ Europa League squad and not made an appearance since March.

It is a far cry from Ozil’s pomp at Arsenal under Wenger, when he joined for a then club-record fee of £42.5m and flourished under the Frenchman’s management.

Wenger recently spoke out against the ‘waste’ of Ozil, lamenting the situation the midfielder and his former club found themselves in.

“Arteta coming in with a new culture – or going back to the old culture of wanting players to do both sides of the game, defend when you haven’t got it and then the artistry when you have – at the moment it’s not quite working.

“It’s not looking like there is going to be a way forward, he is going to be naming his 25 players shortly and it doesn’t look like he is going to be in that.”

There have been reports that the Gunners want to open talks to end Ozil’s contract, which has nine months to run, prematurely by reaching a settlement and hastening his departure from north London.

Arsenal lacked one key ingredient vs Man City to end humiliating five-year record

Arsenal lacked penetration in their 1-0 defeat against Manchester City, according to former defender Sol Campbell.

The Gunners’ humiliating away record at their ‘top six’ rivals continued on Saturday evening as they remain without a win in this type of game since 2015.

Raheem Sterling scored what turned out to be the only goal of the game in the first-half as he reacted quickest to Bernd Leno spilling Phil Foden’s effort.

Arsenal did have chances to equalise, but Ederson superbly denied Bukayo Saka as well as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before the interval.

Furthermore, the visitors were denied a penalty on the stroke of half-time as Kyle Walker wasn’t penalised for a high boot as he challenged Gabriel Magalhaes in the area.

penalty appeal and Rob Holding injury

Was there a case for a penalty just before half-time?

You need everything to go your way to get a win here and obviously when you have the three or four big chances we had you have to put them away because you know that in your box that’s going to be the case.

It’s that situation, I’ve seen it back, I just ask for the refs to watch it back and I don’t think they checked it because it took two seconds for the whistle to go.

 

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