Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

English Premiership

Lay off Ozil, Mertesacker asserts

OZIL-PEN-MISSLONDON, England, February 21- Per Mertesacker has called on Arsenal’s fans to ease up on Mesut Ozil, encouraging support rather than criticism following a string of below par performances this month.

The Germany international, the Gunners’ record £43million signing last year, hit the ground running in north London and began the season with a flurry of assists and goals.

However, that form has tailed off significantly following some seemingly lacklustre displays, highlighted by his penalty miss in the 2-0 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

However, Mertesacker believes too much is expected of his compatriot, especially in what is only his first term with the club.

“We have a lot of games here in England and everyone is tired, but it is not just up to Mesut,” said Mertesacker ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Sunderland.

“It is up to everybody to encourage and come back, during the game we all need to encourage each other.

“Mesut has played a lot of games and he is a massive player, we need him at his best. Game by game, he will come back stronger.

“It is not normal to come here and perform well in the first season over 50 games.

“Mesut is very important for us and he is a very creative guy. We need his assists and his goals, so the best is to encourage him.”

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement

More on Capital Sports

Football

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 – There is light at the end of the tunnel. After failed promises over the last three years since its...

Athletics

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 8 – Olympic Champion Caster Semenya and wife Violet Raseboya have hinted that they might be expecting a baby in a...

NFL

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13 – Kenya’s history making Daniel Adongo, the first Kenyan to play in America’s National Football League (NFL), is now living...

Features

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 17 – The Kakamega High School ‘Green Commandos’ have produced a plethora of talent over the past decades in Kenyan football...

© 2020 Capital Digital Media. Capital Group Limited. All Rights Reserved