Ian Wright sends strong message to Mesut Ozil ahead of Chelsea clash

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ARSENAL star Mesut Ozil must forget about his critics and focus on turning his performances around on the pitch.

That is the verdict of former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright.

Ozil has often been the subject of criticism during his time in north London and was once again following the Gunners’ opening day defeat to Manchester City last Sunday.

The German retired from international duty following the World Cup in the summer, where Joachim Low’s side failed to qualify out of their group.

Ozil claimed he was the subject of “racism and disrespect” following his meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He can now put his full focus on Arsenal, where he is committed for the next three seasons.

And Wright says it is up to Ozil to prove his doubters wrong and show how good he is.

Mesut Ozil has started the season, he’s come off the World Cup, a disappointing World Cup for Germany,” Wright told ESPN.

“He’s somebody that is always getting a lot of criticism.

It’s up to Mesut Ozil to rise above that and try to perform in the way that people know he’s capable of performing.

“It’s going to be difficult, because he is a marked man.

“People know what he’s capable of if you give him time and space.

“So they’re not going to give him that, they’re going to deny him that.

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