Mesut Özil’s Agent: Mesut Feels Like He Is Being Made The Scapegoat

Mesut Özil’s Agent: Mesut Feels Like He Is Being Made The Scapegoat
Feb 16, 2017

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Mesut Özil’s agent, Erkut Sögüt, has revealed that the midfielder believes he is being made the scapegoat for Arsenal after bad results. Arsenal suffered a 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena last night, and the German, yet again, was highlighted for his lack of work-rate and failure to close down Arjen Robben.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Sögüt said:

“Criticism is normal if a player plays badly.”

“But Mesut feels people are not focusing on his performance; they are using him as a scapegoat for the team after bad results. Bayern had 74% possession. How can someone in the No.10 position create chances if you don’t have the ball?”

“In these games people usually target a player who cost a lot of money and earns a lot of money – that is Mesut. But he can’t be always be the scapegoat. That’s not fair.

“Football is a team sport and Arsenal are not performing well as a team. Eleven players were on the pitch but Mesut was singled out for criticism. Was he the reason that Arsenal conceded five goals?

“It started before the match, throughout the week leading up to the game. People started discussing: ‘Should he play? Should he be dropped?’ added Sögüt.

“It was as if everyone knew Arsenal would not make it through and we needed a scapegoat. This is not right. You win as a team and you lose as a team. I don’t agree that Mesut has not had an impact on big matches.” 

“What about the win at home to Chelsea this season and Manchester United the year before? What about the games for Germany against Italy and France at Euro 2016?

“People are always saying Mesut is not fighting or tackling, that he has poor body language, but that is how he is. Believe me, he is desperate to succeed. If it doesn’t work, he shows his anger and expressions. Was his body language an issue when Arsenal were playing well?

“He is not someone who runs around aimlessly and tackles just so everyone thinks he is fighting. If it doesn’t make sense to run somewhere he will keep that power for the next run.”

“I don’t think the criticism has affected his performance or his mental state. Mesut is committed to the club. There is no doubt that he will perform at 100%, with total professionalism and commitment as long as he plays for Arsenal. Nothing will change that.”

“He is sorry to the fans, and he’s sorry that he and his team-mates couldn’t give the fans a better result in Munich.”

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