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'I loved him': Ex-Spurs boss raves about Arsenal man but says he should leave

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Speaking on his podcast, former Tottenham boss and Spurs icon Glenn Hoddle has sung praises about Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil.

The German playmaker is reportedly closing in on an exit. Turkish giants Fenerbahce are tipped to be his next destination and it is looking increasingly likely that he will leave the club this month.

It really is a shame how Ozil’s Arsenal career will end. He is technically among the best players to ever play for us, but problems behind the scenes, or ‘football reasons’ as Mikel Arteta likes to call it, has pushed him away from the side.

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Hoddle feels Ozil’s performances without the ball is the reason behind his omission. He feels that it is the best thing for all parties if the German left the club, but that didn’t stop him from heaping praise on the player he was four or five years ago.

Hoddle: Ozil was good as anyone in the world

He said: “I loved him. When he was playing for Germany and just as he was coming over from Madrid, I thought he was a wonderful player. He had the energy, he looked to stretch teams, he looked to run behind. To get the ball to feet. He always wanted the ball, he was always available. I thought he was a wonderful talent.”

“Something’s happened to him. I don’t know if it’s fitness. I don’t know if it’s his desire to play anymore. He only wants to play with the ball at his feet – and I think that was the problem. It has been for the last two or three years. He’s a lovely, neat footballer, but I’m not sure wants to put in the hard side of the game.”

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“I just don’t think he wants to hurt himself anymore. Or push himself anymore. It’s a shame. But I think he will move and I think it’s right for him and right for Arsenal. But four or five years ago… wow, he was some talent and as good as anyone in the world.”

Ozil was arguably the greatest playmaker in the world a few years ago. His vision is elite and the fact that a player like Cristiano Ronaldo speaks so highly of him should tell you the whole story.

Sadly, his Arsenal career will be remembered differently. He will be the player who we forced out of the club and that really is a shame considering everything he has done for us over the last seven years.

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