Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is not happy with the club’s legends over their criticism of the side in the media, calling on them to rally behind the team.
The Gunners have had a start to the season to forget, with last Sunday’s 4-0 spanking by Liverpool dropping them to 16th in the table.
After three games Arsene Wenger’s men are already six points off Premier League leaders Manchester United, and many of the club’s faithful have not been shy to express their anger.
One of the club’s legends Ian Wright has publicly expressed his dismay at the poor form of the side.
But Ozil thought the Arsenal legends have not been fair to the side, as he called on them to show more support for Arsenal.
He made this known in a lengthy Facebook post on the fourth anniversary of his move from Real Madrid.
“During the last couple of days my DFB [Germany] teammates have been asking me about how everything is at Arsenal at the moment,” Ozil wrote.
“They claimed to have read about the current crisis through the media, as pundits and former players are commenting on a daily basis. They say that this could be the worst team in years, even decades.
“We have achieved a lot in our four years together [at Arsenal]. Three of the 13 FA Cup victories have been accomplished in the past four years, with the other 10 taking 75 years for the club to win.
“This is in addition to our three Community Shield wins. After all, six titles in four years is quite something. However, this only makes myself and the team even more disappointed for not playing a role in the title race at the end of last season – this is something we hope to change this year.
“Personally I’ve had to accept a lot of criticism during my time in London. ‘Too expensive, too greedy, bad body language, and lacking fight’ – this is what people have said about me.
Ozil’s body language has been the source of plenty of debate in recent seasons
“Some of these comments are made by those who do not know me, some are made by former players – both successful and unsuccessful during their time here at the club.
“Although criticism is something that all football players have to deal with, I nevertheless expected legends to behave like legends – my advice to these former Gunners: stop talking and start supporting!”