Tony Adams had contrasting views on German Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker after the Gunners slipped to a home defeat against Brighton last night.
Ozil was seen complaining at full time in a game where Freddie Ljungberg’s regime, where Mertesacker, 35, is alongside him in the dugout, and Adams gave his view on both.
Speaking to Premier League Productions, via the Daily Mirror, Adams said: “I don’t mind that actually (from Ozil). There’s a little bit of spirit there. I don’t mind that. Maybe he should have done it before the game. Before the game take that attitude on to the pitch.”
On Mertesacker, he added: “‘He’s got to do the recruitment for the future of the club. We’ve got to produce players. That’s more important than what’s going on today. You need to build the future of Arsenal, Per Mertesacker. Concentrate on that. Go and find the players. You can’t take him out. What’s the academy doing at the moment?”
TBR’s View – Mertesacker helping Ljungberg should only be a temporary arrangement
The Arsenal academy operation should be capable of running smoothly for a short period of time without Mertesacker’s day-to-day involvement.
Obviously, if he were to be absent until the end of the season, that becomes a bigger issue. But that shouldn’t be the case, with it being so clear that Arsenal need a more experienced manager than Ljungberg, whose appointment would likely see Mertesacker return to his day job.
Adams is right to defend Ozil. He has faced plenty of criticism about not caring enough and he showed some emotion when his side suffered a poor loss.
Obviously, the fans might prefer if some of that aggression came out in his play but that’s not the kind of player he is.