Jason Cundy has slammed Mesut Ozil for hindering Arsenal in recent years with his lazy attitude and lack of desire. The former Germany international, who retired after a backlog of political backlash in the summer, scored in the Gunners’ 4-2 Europa League victory over Vorskla Poltava.
However, talkSPORT Drivetime host Adrian Durham claimed the 29-year-old had found his level playing in the ‘Loser’s Cup’. With three FA Cups, one LaLiga title and one World Cup winners medal on his record, former Chelsea star Cundy was quick to corroborate with Durham, claiming Ozil has held back the Gunners since arriving in 2013. “I’ve never said at any point that Ozil is a bad player; we know he’s a good player,” Cundy explained.
“Technically he’s very gifted; he can (when given time and space) hurt you. The problem I have is his lack of desire and his lack of heart. “And those two things, I don’t care how much talent you’ve got, unless you have both of those you’re never going to get to the very top. “People tell me he’s won the World Cup, that he’s the German Player of the Year three, four or five times. But I tell you for nothing; one of the reasons Arsenal have done nothing since he’s been there is because of him.”
In 2012, Ozil recorded 17 assists and scored four goals as Real Madrid romped to the LaLiga title under Jose Mourinho – finishing with a record 100 points. However, in order to facilitate a world record move for Gareth Bale the following summer, Ozil was shifted off to the Emirates. Cundy (a staunch Chelsea fan) explained how despite Ozil’s obvious qualities, he would not want him playing alongside the likes of Eden Hazard or Alvaro Morata.
He continued: “I wouldn’t want him anywhere near Stamford Bridge. He is a player that is allowed to get away with not giving, at times, 100%. “People tell me Jose Mourinho says he is the best he has ever worked with – Jose sold him. He would never ever do anything in a Jose team, I don’t care what people say. “You bring him back to the Premier League; Jose wouldn’t have anything to do with him. Why? Because he doesn’t track back, because he doesn’t work hard enough.
“And I think when you see the highest paid players at your club that do not do the dirty part of the game; I think that sends a message right through the rest of the team. “Arsene Wenger allowed him to be lazy, allowed him to get away with.”