Paul Merson urges Mesut Ozil to keep quiet over Unai Emery comments

Paul Merson believes Mesut Ozil should refrain from criticising Unai Emery
Paul Merson believes Mesut Ozil should refrain from criticising Unai Emery (Sky Sports)

Arsenal legend Paul Merson has told Mesut Ozil not to get involved in criticising former manager Unai Emery.

Several Arsenal players, including the German midfielder, took swipes at the ex-Sevilla boss during their Dubai warm-weather training camp.

Ozil said that the team under Mikel Arteta are much ‘happier’ and willing to ‘give everything’ for the club.

Those comments didn’t sit right with Merson, who told Sky Sports’ The Debate: ‘I’m not a great lover of that [comments from Ozil]. I don’t like it when a manager comes in and says the players aren’t fit. Because that’s a dig at the old manager.

Ozil didn't hold back when asked about his old boss Unai Emery (Picture: Getty Images)
Ozil didn’t hold back when asked about his old boss Unai Emery (Picture: Getty Images)

‘And then a manager comes in and the players start saying ‘it’s better now, it’s more fun’, no. I believe what Emery is saying. They shouldn’t have been where they were with the quality they have.

‘The players weren’t doing the right things. You just don’t say anything.’

Emery, who was relieved from his duties as Arsenal boss in December, has also been on the defensive over the attitude and commitment of his former squad.

In an interview with France Football, the Spanish boss said that ‘some players did not have a good attitude’ and ‘asked for more than what they were giving back’.

On Emery’s comments, Merson added: ‘It was also going to be a hard job. The defence wasn’t good enough from the word go. As soon as the window opened Arteta brought in two defenders, so he knew straight away.

‘I found it hard watching Arsenal under Emery, it was the same as Wenger. It was soft. At least they go to Burnley and don’t get bullied or dominated.’

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