EPL: Mikel Arteta justified with these statements


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has come under attack by Mesut Ozil’s agent and some of his fans for dropping the German international from his Europa League and Premier League squad but his action has been justified by Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers who claims he would have done the same if he were to be the manager.

The Spanish boss has stated that his reasons for dropping the former Real Madrid midfielder from his team are football reasons as he distanced himself from any personal interest but that has been refuted by Mesut Ozil’s agent who claims unfair treatment of his player, stressing that his client was not given the chance to prove himself this season.

Giving his support to Mikel Arteta, the Leicester City boss noted that the German international is a talented player but it depends on the structure of the team as he has to contribute to the team defensively despite being an attacking player.

He noted that a team needs to function together with all players helping each other, stressing that Mesut Ozil is a talented player with lots of creativity and good passes but his individual qualities must work with that of the entire team to be able to produce results.

Rodgers hinted that Mesut Ozil is not a hard-working player and that will not be accepted in a team with a good structure as Arsenal. He stated that his words to his attackers are that it is unacceptable to run forward if you cannot run back and this is believed to be the major challenge with Mesut Ozil under Mikel Arteta.

The system of play under Mikel Arteta allows all players to move forward and back with a sense of responsibility to defend the team and that is known to be against Mesut Ozil’s style of play. No wonder he was dropped from the team after failing to meet the expectations.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.