Paul Scholes: Mesut Ozil took the easy option joining Arsenal

Paul Scholes: Mesut Ozil took the easy option joining Arsenal

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Mesut Ozil displayed a lack of ambition by signing for Arsenal from Real Madrid.

Ozil has won an FA Cup with Arsenal and a World Cup with Germany since arriving in London in the summer of 2013 for £42.4m.

However, the 26-year-old has never really controlled games in the same way that David Silva and Cesc Fabregas consistently do for Manchester City and Chelsea respectively.

With that in mind, Scholes hasn’t been impressed by Ozil and said the midfielder often looks disinterested on the pitch.

Speaking about Ozil, Scholes said: “Over the years, the big players who were really ambitious – Vieira, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie – have all left. They left for the simple reason that Arsenal are not in it to win league titles any more.

“Those players have realised that if they want to win championships then they have to move elsewhere. It’s why I think Mesut Özil took the easy option joining Arsenal. Since he has been there you cannot doubt his quality but at times he looks like he is going through the motions, however much ground he covers.

“He needs a leader around him to get him going. At Real Madrid he had a chance of winning league titles. At Arsenal that is not on the cards.”

Scholes certainly knows how to run a midfield, having consistently done it for Man United during a glittering career at Old Trafford.

The 40-year-old criticised Jack Wilshere in the past for similar reasons and has often spoke of Arsenal’s soft underbelly when it comes to the big games. As far as United fans are concerned, they will be hoping the trend continues when the two teams face each other in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Monday.

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Ben graduated with a first-class honours degree in Journalism from the University of Sheffield and he was The Peoples Person's co-editor between March 2015-16. He is now a regular contributor and freelancer.