Ian Wright has replied Mesut Ozil following the German midfielder’s unsavoury remarks on Arsenal legends on his facebook page.
Wright responded furiously to Ozil’s social media post and called on the 28-year-old to prove his commitment and loyalty to the club by signing a new contract. Ozil is in the final year of his current contract and he has been reluctant to sign a new one.
“Sign a contract, if you feel that strongly about people criticising the team because you’re somebody who is integral to Arsenal’s success,” Wright said while speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live.
“You’re not signing a deal and you’re probably going to continue to hide behind the fact that (Alexis) Sanchez is the one that everybody’s going to say, “Is he going to go?”.
“Why haven’t you signed yet? That’s what I would say to you. If you feel that strongly, why haven’t you signed yet?
“A player that is not actually performing on the pitch is coming out, calling people out and he’s not signing a contract. It’s laughable.”
Wright added that in the past he has defended both Ozil and manager Arsene Wenger but that at the moment they are deserving of their intense criticism.
Wright said: “Instead of coming out and having a go at the so called former players in respect of what they’re saying.”
“We’re not talking about former players coming out and criticising a team that is charging up the league and winning leagues.
“Yes we’ve won the FA Cup and when they’ve done that they’ve been rightfully praised for that, but we’re talking about a team that’s under-performing, and not just a team, people in the boardroom, the manager with his decisions, everybody.
Wright has also been critical of Arsenal’s decision to let a number of high-profile players run down their contracts.
Arsenal decided not to sell Alexis Sanchez on deadline day after failing to negotiate a deal for Thomas Lemar, a decision the former striker derided on Twitter.
“It’s bad business to let Sanchez walk out next year for free.Take the F*****g money! He don’t want to be there! We’re Arsenal so some pride,” he wrote.
Ozil defended his recent performances in a 700 words Facebook post following Arsenal’s disappointing 4-0 defeat to Liverpool.
“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,” he wrote on Facebook.
“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.”
“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!”
Ozil is currently on international duty with Germany and played an important role in their 2-1 win over Czech Republic last Friday.
Arsenal will host Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon as Arsene Wenger’s side look to bounce back and avoid a third straight defeat in the Premier League.