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Mesut Ozil tells Arsenal legends to shut up on four-year anniversary of joining Gunners

Arsenal and Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil has hit back at his critics with an emotional letter on social media

Mesut Ozil evidently isn’t the pushover off the field that his critics believe he is on it.

The Arsenal midfielder is regularly the scapegoat for abject Gunners performances, none more so in recent weeks after defeats to Stoke and Liverpool burst any early season optimism.


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Mesut Ozil has told Arsenal's legends to shut up and start supporting the club

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Ozil has told Arsenal’s legends to shut up and start supporting the club

Ozil, whose body language can sometimes let him down, was targeted by widespread criticism for his individual displays in those 1-0 and 4-0 losses respectively.

The likes of Thierry Henry, Emmanuel Petit and Paul Merson have all made their disappointment in Ozil in recent weeks – but the German has a firm message for them.

Kindly shut the f*** up.

Arsenal legend and SunSport columnist Thierry Henry has been critical of Ozil in the past

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Henry has been critical of Ozil in the past

Ozil has taken to Instagram to tell those in question to keep their traps shut and thank the fans for their support on the four-year anniversary of his £42m move to the Emirates from Real Madrid.

He said: “Personally I’ve had to accept a lot of criticism during my time in London.

“‘Too expensive, too greedy, bad body language, and lacking fight’ – this is what people have said about me.

“Some of these comments are made by those who do not know me, some are made by former players – both successful and unsuccessful during their time here at the club.

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Ozil’s Instagram post

“Although criticism is something that all football players have to deal with, I nevertheless expected legends to behave like legends – my advice to these former Gunners: stop talking and start supporting!”

Poignant words.

Mesut Ozil seems gutted after the 4-0 loss but his long-term Arsenal future is in doubt

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Arsenal were battered by Liverpool last weekend

Since Ozil arrived in England in 2013 he has the most assists and has created the most clear-cut chances in the Premier League.

But for some that simply isn’t good enough.


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