Robert Pires thinks Mesut Ozil is a bit miffed about Arsenal’s failure to spend big money on improving the first team squad.
The German international, who looks likely to leave the Emirates when he becomes a free agent next summer, has once again been the subject of criticism from former players and the media following the Gunners 2-1 defeat to Watford.
The negativity surrounding Ozil is a subject that SportBild [translated by Sport Witness] put to Pires, who still occasionally trains alongside the midfielder at London Colney, and the Frenchman was quick to defend his pal.
“Ozil is a warrior who wants to win something,” said Pires.
“To me, he seems so angry about the fact that Arsenal hasn’t put together the team with which he can make a difference.
“Arsenal has spent money only for Alexander Lacazette, €53m. That is not enough to be at the top.”
It’s an interesting take from Pires, albeit one that fails to take into account the fact that had Arsenal signed further high-profile players (which Arseblog News wholeheartedly wanted) there would have been little left in the wage pot to match Ozil and Sanchez’s wage demands. Ultimately, we’ve failed on many fronts. Which is very ‘us’ right now.
Pires was also asked why Arsenal are struggling to keep pace with their Premier League rivals.
He replied: “It is incredibly hard to stay at the top in England. But I still believe in Arsenal and, above all, Arsene Wenger. I find it right that he has extended for two years.”