Kanu Nwankwo. Source: Instagram.

Former Super Eagles captain and Arsenal forward Kanu Nwankwo has told new Gunners manager Unai Emery to work on Mesut Ozil’s strength.

Ozil, who recently retired from the Germany team, often comes under criticism for his failure to perform in crucial Premier League clashes.

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Speaking to reporters ahead of Arsenal’s clash against Chelsea on Saturday, Emery urged the former Real Madrid midfielder to show more commitment to defending.

But Kanu told The Sun that Emery should focus on Ozil’s attacking qualities as any attempt to try and persuade him to alter his game would be unsuccessful.

He said: “Every player is different. What you need is his strengths, not his weaknesses. He can work on his weaknesses but you can’t change him.

“Either you accept him or you let him go. You don’t want Maradona or Messi to go back and defend, you want them to go and do what they know how to do.

“If it’s a style of play, the coach has to accommodate that and make room for Mesut to play in that manner. I don’t know why people are still complaining a lot about him.”