Arsenal legend Tony Adams has defended Mesut Ozil after the German appeared to rant towards Gunners assistant Per Mertesacker. Ozil launched a verbal tirade towards the Arsenal dugout after the team were beaten 2-1 by Brighton in the Premier League on Thursday night.
Ozil was venting his frustrations towards Mertesacker, who is assisting caretaker boss Freddie Ljungberg.
The pair are helping out after Arsenal sacked Unai Emery last week, though the loss to Brighton made it nine games without a win in all competitions for the Gunners.
And Adams believes Ozil’s rant was understandable given the frustrations at the club.
“I don’t mind that actually,” Adams told Premier League Productions.
“There’s a little bit of spirit there. I don’t mind that. Maybe he should have done it before the game.
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“Before the game and take that attitude on to the pitch. The game’s gone now, it’s all over.
“If he’d got the frustration out before the game and say ‘I’m really going to go and run around and do my stuff today’. He’s frustrated, obviously.”
And Ljungberg, who also oversaw the draw at Norwich last weekend, knows it will be tough to change the mood in the Arsenal camp given the poor run.
He said: “That’s the tough part. They look very short on confidence.
“In the first half [vs Brighton] they were scared to get the ball and a bit scored to move, they were just standing still.
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“That’s something we need to talk about. They need to have a win, we need to dig out a win and get them some confidence.
“They can do it because they showed it in the beginning of the second half and they did it really well for 20 minutes.
“It’s hard to say that when you lose at home, but they were very good in that little spell.
“It’s obvious that nervousness from a crowd can affect footballers, it doesn’t matter what quality you have.
“They’re human beings like everyone else, they want to do well and they feel the pressure.
“That’s something we need to work on and I feel like if we just dig out a win, we can get there. They showed it in the second half.”
Arsenal’s poor run has seen them drop to tenth in the Premier League table.
They travel to West Ham on Monday night in their next match.
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