He didn’t put it in the most tactful way possible, but even in his… blunt way of expressing himself, Martin Keown said something that many Arsenal fans agree with, judging by what is written online, on Arsenal-related websites.
I think in some departments he’s already left. Psychologically, mentally, he’s already left the football club. Maybe Wenger is now trying to do the best deal he can to get some compensation for him. I think he doesn’t want that sort of player around the youngsters in the group
the former Gunner told BBC Radio 5 talking about Mesut Ozil.
I think he’s testing Wenger more than any other player has. I think it was Belarus the other week, he didn’t fancy going. He didn’t want to go. Suddenly he was injured again, he played nine minutes against West Bromwich Albion on Monday, so how did he get injured there?
Keown… wondered, before praising Alex Iwobi for offering the team more than his German teammate.
They played exceptionally well at Chelsea, where Iwobi did a really manful job – I know he hasn’t got the talent of Ozil, of course, but suddenly Arsenal could compete in both departments defensively and attacking-wise. It was probably the best performance I’ve seen in a couple of years. I was really impressed and it seemed like every player was giving their best
the former Arsenal defender said. Last, he dedicated a line to explain what he considers Alexis Sanchez a very different player to Ozil, saying
Alexis Sanchez is different. He loves playing football, just give him a ball and he’ll play and that’s all he wants to do. But Ozil, I think he’s downed tools, he wants to go and it’s going to get messy.