Gary Neville: Leaving Real Madrid to join Arsenal was like a 'bad divorce' for Mesut Özil

Gary Neville: Leaving Real Madrid to join Arsenal was like a ‘bad divorce’ for Mesut Özil


The former Manchester United player Gary Neville has stated that Mesut Özil being forced out of Real Madrid was like a ‘bad divorce’. The SkySports pundit went onto say that it could take even longer to see the best from Özil in an Arsenal jersey.

Neville spoke about Arsenal’s record signing in an interview with the Telegraph.

“It is not enough for a player of Ozil’s ability, he does not influence games as he should, but maybe Arsenal and United fans need to accept that it will take longer for the German and Di Maria to come good,” Neville told the Telegraph.

“For me, it is as though leaving Real Madrid has been like a bad divorce for the pair of them – a messy end to a relationship that will take maybe eighteen months to two years to overcome.”

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Arsenal are currently third in the league with 54 points in 28 games. The North London based side have recorded four victories in a row and are four points behind second place Manchester City.

The 26-year-old has a total of four goals and seven assists in 19 appearances for Arsenal this season.