To be fair and square, and completely honest, Arsenal did receive their great share of criticism this season.
Most of it was well-deserved as fans had been put through a devastating campaign which is threatening to become the worst one in the Premier League era for the North London club.
Arsenal have suffered a humiliating Champions League defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich, who won 10-2 on aggregate, whereas the Gunners are also losing pace in the run for the top four spot in the Premier League.
Sitting in sixth place in the standings, two points short of Manchester United and four shy of Liverpool in fourth, the Gunners head into the crucial battle with Manchester City this weekend with a great load of pressure on their back.
And it appears that Mesut Ozil already knows who will be announced the main culprit in case of an unfavourable result, as the German international feels he is the one player who has been constantly signed out in criticism.
Echoing words of his agent Dr Erkut Sogut, who last month claimed Ozil has been made a ‘scapegoat’ for Arsenal’s struggle, the Gunners playmaker voiced the same claims in an interview with German media outlet Sport Bild.
“People know what I have achieved. That I am a World Cup winner, played for Real Madrid, set up 20 goals last season [in all competitions]. When the team’s on a bad run, somebody needs to be singled out, sadly most of the time it’s me,” Ozil told Sport Bild adding that he has become ‘tougher over the years’.
Mesut Ozil managed 19 assists last season in the Premier League, whereas his tally of just five this term is considered to be underachieving.
The 28-year-old German creator has in great deal failed to replicate his last season’s form. Having gone without a single goal since December, Ozil has also been put in the centre of attention because of his contract situation.
Ozil’s deal with the Gunners expires next summer and with the North London club’s top four chances hanging in the balance, there is question of whether Ozil will extend his deal with Arsenal.