Former Spurs man heaps praise on ‘special’ Arsenal star

Former Tottenham and Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has praised Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil after another fine display in Saturday’s 4-1 win against the Merseyside club.

Ozil scored the second goal in that win and was at the forefront of most of Arsenal’s attacking play in another impressive display after a season interrupted by criticism again.

And Jamie Redknapp, who also works as a pundit for Sky Sports, thinks that he is an easy target for criticism because of how laid back he looks when playing.

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“There’s no doubt that Mesut Ozil is an easy target for ex-pros and pundits. But when he’s at his best he is worth paying to watch,” Redknapp said in his Daily Mail column.

“I’d much rather see a quality player do something special than a bunch of grafters with nothing to show for it.

“Against Liverpool, Ozil was at his brilliant best in a massive game. You don’t become a Real Madrid hero or win the World Cup without being something special. Ozil is just that.”

The German star has now scored four goals with five assists in 15 Premier League appearances for the Gunners this season and the 26 year old looks to be improving with each game at the moment.

He is a player that can produce moments of magic out of nothing, but can also try to overcomplicate things, and Redknapp went on to say that people are still too quick to criticise the former Real Madrid man.

“When things don’t come off for the German, people are quick to criticise. We do that too much in this country — looking at what people can’t do rather than what they can — and it’s where we go wrong so often.

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“No, Ozil doesn’t charge around like Alexis Sanchez so people say he doesn’t care. Just ask Liverpool if Ozil cared about the game on Saturday.”

Saturday’s result leaves Arsenal nine points clear of Liverpool and Spurs as the Gunners look to have sealed another top four finish.

Arsene Wenger’s men are looking up rather than down the table and they are seven points behind leaders Chelsea, with a key clash at the Emirates still to come against the Blues.

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