Arsenal's Mesut Ozil should know better than to criticise the critics
Fans and media love their scapegoats and a quiet foreign player on a big salary, who sometimes appears as if he's not doing much -- though weirdly remains a stalwart for his national side, who are the current world champions, in a role where he faces plenty competition -- is bound to get stick. Mesut Ozil gets plenty and the fact that he has yet to commit to a new deal at Arsenal doesn't help matters.
In that sense, I have some sympathy for him. He gets a rougher ride than most sometimes. That said, he's way off-base when, speaking of former Arsenal legends who criticise him, he says he expects "legends to behave like legends" and adds that "my advice to these former Gunners is stop talking and start supporting."
Whether he's talking about Martin Keown or Ian Wright or Thierry Henry makes no difference. These guys may be Arsenal through and through, but they are employed to give their opinions and call it as they see it. This is how they make a living now. Not only are they entitled (just like every Arsenal supporter) to voice their opinion, but they're contractually obligated to do it in the most honest way possible.
It doesn't mean they're automatically right when they criticise, of course. It means they're doing their jobs. These guys played for Arsenal; they haven't been inducted in a cult and they live in a country where they're free to speak their minds.
Ozil ought to respect that.
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