Ian Wright says Mesut Ozil needs to start delivering for Arsenal after the club suffered two straight defeats to Everton and Manchester City.
Arsene Wenger’s side are now nine points off the top going into the Christmas schedule where they face games against West Brom and Crystal Palace.
Ozil has come in for criticism from such sections of the support after the two defeats but Wright has defended the Germany international although he feels needs to start showing his quality, and quickly.
“Mesut Ozil in particular has come in for tons of stick — and there has got to be a reaction from him to that,” he told The Sun.
“We all know the quality he’s got, so there can be no excuse for the performance he served up at the Etihad.
“I’m not interested in all the stuff being chucked around about how he was walking. That’s pretty much irrelevant.
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“He does need to start delivering more than he is right now, though, because frankly he is letting down all those fans who continue to fight his corner.
“But while Ozil needs to buck his ideas up, he’s far from the only one. The problem for Arsenal is a collective one, not individual.
“And they need to stick together like never before now — there is no hiding place after the City defeat.”
While Ozil’s form has dipped after a strong start, he is by far the only culprit for the team’s performances in recent weeks.
The absences of Shkodran Mustafi at the back and Santi Cazorla in midfield have been keenly felt while Francis Coquelin and Grant Xhaka have failed to impress in midfield and changes, in mentality if not personnel, are surely necessary starting on Boxing Day against West Brom.