Ian Wright delivers verdict on 28-year-old Arsenal midfielder after win v West Ham
By Matt Bullin
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has praised the beleaguered Mesut Ozil after his performance in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over West Ham on Wednesday night.
Ozil, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud all struck second-half goals as the Gunners breezed to a 3-0 win at the Emirates.
The win, their first in the league since beating Hull City 2-0 in February, means they move above Manchester United into fifth.
They are level on points with United, though sit above them due to their superior goal difference, and are now just four points off the Champions League places with a game in hand on their rivals.
Ozil’s goal was his first in the Premier League since December when he netted in the Gunners’ 3-1 win over Stoke City, and he has come under heavy criticism from fans and pundits alike this season.
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Former Arsenal and England striker Wright gave his verdict on the German maestro’s performance.
Speaking on BBC 1’s Match of the Day (Wednesday 10.30pm) Wright said: “As a forward, I would want him behind me.
“I feel for him because he gets into good positions. It’s his demeanour that upsets people.”
The German now has 10 goals for the season in all competitions and he has also made 11 assists in his 33 league and cup games for Arsenal this campaign.
The win was sorely needed for Arsenal who have come under increasing pressure from their fans in recent times.
Wright scored 185 goals for Arsenal in his 279 league and cup appearances, and will be hoping this performance will give Ozil confidence in the run up to the end of the season.
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