Mesut Ozil admits Arsenal have 'screwed up' their Premier League title challenge
Published 31/03/2016 | 15:34
Mesut Ozil has sensationally admitted that Arsenal have “screwed up” their season – but is adamant they can still win the Premier League.
Arsene Wenger’s side are 11 points behind leaders Leicester heading into the final seven games of the season, having been top just before Christmas.
Since beating Leicester on February 14, Arsenal have won just two of their nine games in all competitions, and Ozil admits his side have made a mess of their title bid.
But the German believes there is still time for Wenger’s men to redeem themselves by going on a winning run to the end of the season – claiming he would be particularly delighted for Wenger if he did so.
“Looking at our season so far, we have to be honest and admit that we screwed up ourselves,” Ozil told German outlet Spox.
"We did not play to our potential in the games against the so-called smaller teams. You immediately get punished for that in the Premier League.
“But we still have a chance of winning the title. We have to hope Leicester and Tottenham slip up and then make the most of it.
“I would be delighted for Wenger if we win the title. He played a major role in my decision to join Arsenal. He was desperate to sign me. Everybody knows he is an extraordinary manager. He is always hungry for success, has a lot of experience and always takes his time for the players. He helps players develop.”
Ozil has also encouraged Arsenal to splash the cash this summer whether or not they overhaul both Leicester and Tottenham in the title race.
Petr Cech was the club’s only major signing last summer, but with all Premier League teams feeling the benefit of the new television deal Ozil says Arsenal will go backwards if they do not bring in established stars.
“We will only see more good players in the Premier League in the future due to the new TV deal,'” he added.
“Teams will only get stronger and Arsenal will have to strengthen as well. This season has shown that we struggle when we are missing a number of key players. We cannot allow this to happen again next season.”