Gary Neville Reveals Why Arsenal Star Mesut Ozil & Man United Ace Paul Pogba Would Never Be Captains 20 Years Ago

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal celebrates after he scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Mesut Ozil responded to be made captain against Leicester City in emphatic fashion, putting on a man of the match display in the 3-1 victory.

The Gunners came from behind to beat the Foxes with Ozil scoring, providing an assist and playing a direct role in the other goal.

Football pundit Gary Neville did however, have a bone to pick with the playmaker of Turkish origin being made captain.

Neville feels Ozil was made captain to try and get a rise out of him after being left out of previous games.

And he was not just picking on Ozil, he also had the same to say about Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

Neville believes neither of them would have been made captains 20 years ago.

“Paul Pogba was given the captaincy at the start of the season after a public spat. Same with Ozil at Arsenal. Emery left him out for a couple of games. It is almost like they are giving them the captaincy to get more of a performance out of them. That would never have happened 20 years ago. You had to earn the captaincy at a football club,” he was  quoted by the Mirror as saying.

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Ozil was also named captain for the Gunners 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace last weekend but failed to replicate the same level of performance.

The 30-year-old has four goals an one assist in 10 appearances for the Gunners this term.