Gary Neville believes Arsene Wenger is responsible for Mesut Ozil’s recent struggles and should have afforded his record signing the sort of privileges Sir Alex Ferguson afford Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United.
Ozil endured another disappointing night, substituted at half time with a hamstring injury following an anonymous display, as the Gunners exited the Champions League at the last 16 stage at the hands of Bayern Munich for the second season in succession.
The Germany international appeared to have returned to his best form during the crushing 4-1 win over Everton in the FA Cup last weekend but cut a dejected and frustrated figure at the Allianz Arena and Neville feels he is paying the price for being overburdened by his manager.
“Ozil getting a hard time. He’s obviously dipped this last couple of months and the first season in a new league (without a Christmas break) can take some getting used to even with the price tag,” tweeted the former Manchester United stalwart.
“At the moment looks like he’s finding it difficult mentally. However Arsenal are better for having him and he will return stronger.
“On the lack of a Christmas break— no excuse really for an experienced manager. He could have given him one first two weeks in January – Ronaldo used to get one!”