Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger slams ‘blame culture’

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has backed his star playmaker Mesut Ozil following a difficult spell for the 28-year-old.

The French tactician believes Ozil has received unfair criticism as Arsenal have struggled in the Premier League over recent weeks.

Ozil’s performances has dipped in recent weeks and has failed to add to both his assist and goal tally.

However, Wenger believes it is wrong to single out players when the team is underperforming as a whole

“The team wins and the team loses,” Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was quoted as saying by Goal.

“When you win sometimes some players are singled out, as they are treated like exceptional players.

“But when you don’t do well sometimes they just focus on a little more on the team aspect and not try to blame each other.

“The blame culture is part of the perception of people as you say, but what is important is that we show a united front.

“We have a good opportunity against Hull to show that we are a united, strong unit and that we bounce back.

“When you don’t win you cannot say that all is well. You have to analyse that something is not right. It is our job to find where, and to have a strong, united response.”

Ozil started the season on fire but has tailed off since the new year. The former Real Madrid man has eight assists and nine goals to his name so far this term.

Arsenal returned to winning ways over the weekend following a 2-0 victory over relegation battlers Hull City.

The Gunners take on Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday evening.