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Wenger Defends Struggling Ozil
Sky Sports News, February 11th, 2014 3:51PM

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Mesut Ozil, Arsenal’s record 42.5 million pound ($70 million) signing from Real Madrid last summer, was vilified by some Gunners supporters for his part in Saturday’s 5-1 Premier League humiliation at Anfield, particularly for losing the ball in the buildup to the third and fourth goals. On Tuesday, Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger leapt to the German’s defense.

"Mesut Ozil? He was like everybody on Saturday -- he was not in a good day,” the Frenchman said. “There's nobody really to ostracize from that game -- we are just conscious we were not good enough. He didn't have the best of games, but that can happen. He works very hard to adapt to the physical level of the Premier League and for me he is an exceptional player. I wouldn't like to put too much pressure on him because he has been a top-class player until now. He knows when he is not good enough he will get questioned -- that is normal."

As for his team letting in five goals, Wenger said: "Let's not forget we played some convincing games against Liverpool, Tottenham, Napoli and Dortmund. Winning the Premier League will be a big achievement when we do it, but we have a long way to go. We've been very stable until now defensively. We have to consider how well we have done until now. We tend to forget how good we are when you are not successful. We have worked very hard until now. These players deserve success. I think the Liverpool game was an accident and we want to treat it like that.”

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