Mesut Ozil has revealed why Arsenal missed out on winning the Premier League this season.
The 27-year-old stated that the Gunners dropped points against the leagues smaller sides because they were not strong enough as a team.
Ozil went onto say that the Barcelona defeat in the UEFA Champions League affected the team negatively causing them to struggle in the following fixtures.
“We dropped a lot of points which we shouldn’t have dropped against smaller teams and that was the point in the season where we were just not strong enough as a team to take a one point sometimes and go ahead,” Ozil was quoted as saying by the National.
“Especially after the Barcelona game, we lost points. That was the time in the team where we weren’t good enough to take the points and go.”
Ozil stared in Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over Aston Villa in the Premier League on the final day of the season.
The former Real Madrid star has now setup 19 goals in the league this season, just one short of equalling the Premier League record of 20 set by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.
The north London based side would have finished third had Tottenham even drawn but Newcastle who had already been relegated, managed to beat Spurs.