‘There’s something going on’ – Piers Morgan questions Arsenal exile Mesut Ozil’s role in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s loss of form

Piers Morgan questions Arsenal exile Mesut Ozil's role in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's loss of form
Even when he’s not in the squad, the German playmaker is still the scapegoat (Picture: Getty)

Piers Morgan is concerned by Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s negative body language going into the north London derby and has suggested Mesut Ozil’s situation might be the problem.

The Gabon international has not netted a Premier League goal from open play since the opening day of the season while Arsenal have failed to win their last three league matches, scoring just once.

Good Morning Britain host and Gunners fan Morgan is very worried ahead of facing top-of-the-table Tottenham and fears Ozil’s exile – despite being the club’s highest-paid player – is affecting the team.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal v Aston Villa - Premier League
Aubameyang only has two league goals so far this season (Picture: Getty Images)

‘There’s something about the body language, particularly of Aubameyang right now,’ Morgan told Sky Sports News.

‘Whether that’s a lack of confidence because he hasn’t scored for a few games, whether there’s something behind the scenes… there’s something going on behind the scenes I think at Arsenal.

‘Whether it’s linked to Mesut Ozil and his situation, with £350,000 per week going to a guy sitting there on his Playstation, I don’t know, but it seems to be seeping into this team.

‘A little bit of discontent, a lack of fight, a lack of passion, a lack of coherent tactics, and all these things, we had them a few weeks ago, so they’ve gone somewhere.

‘It’s worrying, and I think the most worrying thing for me, as a huge fan of his, is what’s going on with Aubameyang.

‘I’m hoping the sort of pressure and adrenaline rush of the north London derby will stir him back into the form he had last season.’

On the pressure building on manager Mikel Arteta, he added: ‘I think you’ve always got to give a new manager, I believe, probably three or four windows. They’ve got to get the team that they want to be judged on.

Mikel Arteta Arsenal v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League
Morgan believes Arteta deserves time to turn Arsenal’s fortunes around (Picture: Getty)

‘I felt, ironically, that we had a very, very good transfer window in the last one. We brought in some very good players – Gabriel, [Thomas] Partey, Willian. We re-signed Aubameyang – it all looked good.

‘I still believe in Arteta for the longer term. I think that Arteta is the right kind of character.

‘I always say Wenger took us back a long way. For the first eight years he was a genius, for the next 14 he was not a genius and I think we really lost our way the last few years of Wenger’s tenure and it’s going to take a while to get back to the top.’

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