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'He’s not a good guy': Liam Brady hits out at Arsenal star; blames Ivan Gazidis

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Arsenal legend Liam Brady has lashed out at Mesut Ozil amid the German’s problems with Mikel Arteta at the Emirates, speaking on The Keys and Gray podcast.

The former Real Madrid hasn’t played a game for us since the lockdown. Arteta has left him out of Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads, and it looks almost certain that his career as a Gunner is over.

Arteta has received a ton of criticism for leaving Ozil out. Arsenal have lacked creativity in the league this season, and many feel that the German would have solved all the problems if he was a part of the squad.


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However, Brady has dismissed that opinion. He claims that Arteta is right to keep Ozil away from the squad and has blamed former CEO Ivan Gazidis for not selling him when he had the chance.

Brady said: “I don’t blame Arteta over Ozil. He gave Ozil plenty of chances & he performed for a couple of months. Ozil just reverted back to type. He’s not a good guy in the dressing room, he’s not a good guy on the pitch. I’ve no problem with Mikel bombing him.”

“(Ivan) Gazidis should have let him go on a free three years ago and we should have spent what we are paying him over three years, £50m? – that we could have invested in a good young player instead of having him around the place.”

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Is Brady right?

It is unclear what has gone on behind the scenes at Arsenal. Arteta gave Ozil plenty of chances before lockdown and to be fair to the German, he played fairly well in all of those games. Sadly, things took a drastic turn after Project Restart.

The criticism on Gazidis is also slightly unfair. Arsenal had just lost Alexis Sanchez in January 2018, and losing Ozil in the same window or the window after would have been disastrous for the club.

Arteta won the FA Cup and the Community Shield without Ozil and he had every right to stick to his decision. Our winless run brought out questions regarding the German’s omission, but now that we are back to winning ways, those questions are sure cool down.

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