Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes is the latest in a long line of pundits to take a swipe at Mesut Özil, and Arsene Wenger has hit back at him branding his criticism unfair, according to the Daily Mail.
There has long been a media witch hunt with regards to our record signing, and no matter what he does he is maligned for it.
I am not saying the criticism of our German star has always been totally unjustified, but Özil has always been the target of abuse regardless of his performances on the field.
Scholes was never well liked as a player, but you had to admire the quality he possessed, and you could respect him despite your feelings towards him as a person.
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However, as a pundit he can no longer hide behind his talent, and his moronic, cynical, and irrelevant opinions have seen fans lose what little respect they had for him.
His latest vile offering is a scathing critique of Özil, with a few digs at Arsenal thrown in for good measure.
“Over the years, the big players who were really ambitious – Patrick Vieria, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie have all left,” he is quoted as saying.
“They left for the simple reason that Arsenal are not in it to win league titles any more. Those players have realised that if they want to win championships then they have to move elsewhere. It’s why I think Mesut Özil took the easy option joining Arsenal.
“Since he has been there you cannot doubt his quality but at times he looks like he is going through the motions, however much ground he covers. He needs a leader around him to get him going. At Real Madrid he had a chance of winning league titles. At Arsenal that is not on the cards.”
Wenger has hit back at the contemptible 40-year-old, branding the criticism of our World Cup winning playmaker unfair, and defending him doggedly.
“It is not fair,” he said.
“A player like Paul Scholes would have loved to play with Özil.
“I believe he has the quality, he puts a lot of effort in to help the team and he works much harder than his style shows.
“You can be cheated a little bit by his style of play, because he is fluent, easy, subtle and he does not look like he puts the effort in, but he does.
“I knew he had a good physical potential, but did not know how good he was physically.
“He has a huge physical potential.”
You get the impression that Scholes is just following the media circus and jumping on the Özil bashing bandwagon, without having any real opinions of his own.
Özil may not have shone as brightly as many hoped he would since joining the Premier League, but he is still a player of real quality. His form as of late has been particularly impressive, and the stats show just how good he has been since returning from injury.