Arsene Wenger was critical of Mesut Özil following comments about our title challenge (via Goal), but Ian Wright has backed the German international and claims he’s spot on with his analysis.
Wenger said the World Cup winner’s comments were “not welcome”, but Wright disagrees.
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The Arsenal legend understands that Wenger isn’t going to criticise his own players too heavily or admit that the title is out of reach until it’s mathematically impossible. He also believes Özil is spot on though, and claims he’s right to say the players have messed up what was arguably the best chance we’ve had in years to lift the Premier League trophy.
“I think he’s not going to come out and say that if he doesn’t genuinely believe it,” he told BT Sport.
“Arsene Wenger wouldn’t come out and knock it down unless he thinks it’s going to have an adverse affect on the lads.
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“But I think they know that they’ve messed it up, I can understand what Wenger is saying, but I think Mesut is [also] right in what he’s saying.”
Wenger can’t pretend that things haven’t gone wrong this season, even if top spot is technically still within our grasp. We’ve once again let winning positions slip, and we’ve got nobody to blame but ourselves.
In previous years the excuse that we couldn’t compete with the big spenders in the league was a valid one, with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea spending freely on some of the game’s top talent.
With Leicester and Tottenham the only teams ahead of us this time around though, that excuse just won’t fly anymore.
There’s no reason whatsoever we shouldn’t have won the Premier League and the FA Cup this season, and Özil is 100% correct when he says we messed up.
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Surely Wenger knows this too, but the Frenchman clearly doesn’t want this sentiment made public at this point in the season. We have to keep pushing even if it seems hopeless, as with experience not on Leicester’s side, it’s always possible they could slip up in the last few games.