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Ozil accused of playing 'when he wants to' - Arsenal legend Petit

14:30 WAT 28/04/2018
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The former Gunners midfielder has suggested that the World Cup-winning playmaker does not always offer his all to the collective cause at Emirates

Mesut Ozil’s attitude and inconsistency has been questioned by Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit, with the German accused of playing “when he wants to”.

As a World Cup winner, there is no doubting the 29-year-old’s ability.

He remains a key figure at Emirates Stadium, with Arsenal often looking to a man acquired from Real Madrid for £42.5 million for inspiration.

Petit has, however, suggested that Ozil – who penned a new contract in January which is set to keep him in north London until 2021 - only delivers when the mood takes him.

Quizzed during an ‘Ask Me Anything’ session on Reddit as to who his favourite current Arsenal player is, the former France international said: “In the current Arsenal team... I have no idea... Ozil when he actually wants to be a player.”

Prior to penning fresh terms at the turn of the year, Ozil was heavily linked with a move elsewhere.

Manchester United were one of the sides said to be keen on acquiring him, and Petit has revealed that he passed up the opportunity to make a switch to Old Trafford during his own playing days.

He said: “Yes, I could have played for Manchester United.

“I really regret not doing that now, I could've played with [Ryan] Giggs, [Paul] Scholes etc. Some amazing players.”

Petit is now restricted to a spectator role, having hung up his boots in 2004, and continues to keep a close eye on events in the Premier League.

He has seen Manchester City sweep to title glory this season but is not yet convinced that Pep Guardiola’s side deserve a standing among the all-time greats.

“I’d probably say, of those I've seen regularly, the Man United 1999 treble season or Arsenal Invincibles [are the best],” added Petit, who won a league and FA Cup double with the Gunners in 1997-98.

“But I really enjoy watching City now.”

Petit also admitted to having “a crush” on Liverpool’s class of 2017-18, with Jurgen Klopp having guided an exciting side led by the sensational Mohamed Salah to within touching distance of the Champions League final.