Arsenal legend, Ian Wright has urged playmaker Mesut Ozil to pay no attention to his critics ahead of the Gunners’ clash with Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.
Ozil, who recently retired from international football after a disappointing World Cup campaign with Germany in Russia, has been subjected to heavy criticism following their 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.
Wright, however, has advised Ozil to put all his focus on Arsenal, where he penned a new three-and-a-half-year contract back in January.
“It’s up to Mesut Ozil to rise above that and try to perform,” Wright told ESPN.
“Mesut Ozil has started the season, he’s come off the World Cup, a disappointing World Cup for Germany.
“He’s somebody that is always getting a lot of criticism.
“It’s up to Mesut Ozil to rise above that and try to perform in the way that people know he’s capable of performing.
“It’s going to be difficult, because he is a marked man.
“People know what he’s capable of if you give him time and space.
“So they’re not going to give him that, they’re going to deny him that.
“So it’s up to him to try and find that space and try to make an impression on the game.”