‘We play that game “Where’s Wally?”… we should do a new version with Ozil!’: Patrice Evra uses bizarre analogy to question why £350,000 a week star has been frozen out by Mikel Arteta as he bemoans Arsenal’s lack of creativity – but admits German is ‘lazy’
- Patrice Evra questioned why Mesut Ozil is still being frozen out by Mikel Arteta
- The Frenchman used the analogy of ‘Where’s Wally’ to describe his situation
- Arsenal have struggled to score goals this season and are in need of creativity
- The former Manchester United man also admitted the German is often ‘lazy’
Patrice Evra used the game ‘Where’s Wally?’ as an analogy for Mesut Ozil’s situation at Arsenal, with the German star continuing to be frozen of the squad by manager Mikel Arteta amid the club’s lack of creativity this season.
Ozil, 32, who is under contract with Arsenal until June 2021, is the club’s highest earner on £350,000-per-week but has not played for Arteta’s side this season after being left out of the 25-man Premier League squad.
In a season where the Gunners are crying out for creativity after scoring just nine goals in the Premier League this season, the German World Cup winner continues to be exiled and has not featured since March.
The game ‘Where’s Wally’ has been used to describe Mesut Ozil’s situation at Arsenal
The German World Cup winner has not played for Arsenal since March after being frozen out
He has recorded 77 assists since signing for Arsenal in 2013, and former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra questioned why the playmaker has not been used more by the Spanish boss.
‘We talk about creativity. I always say when Auba doesn’t score Arsenal are going to be in trouble’, Evra said on Sky Sports.
‘We need to give Arteta time. At a big club like Arsenal time is not an easy thing.
The 32-year-old has not been used by Mikel Arteta despite scoring just nine goals this season
‘We talk about creativity, where is Ozil? We play that game ‘where is Wally?’. We should do a new version with Ozil because we are talking about a lack of creativity so what’s the problem?
Ozil’s omission has been suggested to be a result of his casual playing style not suiting the modern game heavily based on pressing, and Evra did admit that the German can be ‘lazy’ at times.
‘I know sometimes he is lazy running back but we are talking about creativity now so where is Wally? Where is Ozil?’, Evra added.
Patrice Evra questioned why Ozil wasn’t being used to solve the team’s creativity issue
Freddie Ljungberg, a coach at Arsenal until August, attempted to explain Ozil’s lack of playing time but admitted he thought he should play him when he was briefly Gunners interim boss last year.
‘Playing the smaller clubs where you think you should dominate, he should be on the pitch to unlock things with his special passes’, Ljungberg noted.
‘When you play the likes of City maybe when they have the ball all the time maybe that’s not the game for having Mesut on the pitch but if you want creativity his left foot is fantastic.’