Mesut Ozil has continuously been made a scapegoat by the Arsenal fans this season.
His languid style of play has made him an easy target.
Despite his wavering performances since the turn of the year, the German playmaker popped up with his 10th goal and provided his 11th assist of the campaign in the 3-0 win over West Ham in midweek.
Mesut Ozil snapped in deep discussion with Arsene Wenger
Fri, March 17, 2017
Mesut Ozil was snapped in deep discussion with Arsene Wenger during training on Friday
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Mesut Ozil was pictured in deep discussion with manager Arsene Wenger today
Mesut Ozil has shouldered a lot of the blame from Arsenal fans
Arsene Wenger thinks Mesut Ozil needs to be given more credit
He cares much more than people think he does
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Ozil’s long-term future at the Emirates is a concern as his contract expires next year and he is yet to sign a new deal.
But Wenger has refuted the idea that Ozil is selfish.
Reflecting on how the 28-year-old coped with the Gunners’ painful Champions League exit at the hands of Bayern Munich, Wenger said: “He is very ambitious and he wants to win the Champions League.
“He’s come out many times saying that. If you look at the two games and take the first 45 minutes of the two games, we were qualified but then went out in such an emphatic way.
“It was difficult to take for everybody and maybe even more for him because it’s a big part of his ambition.
"He cares. What I wanted to say in that is that people often reproach him by saying that he doesn’t care because of his style of play, but he cares much more than people think he does."
Arsenal will be looking to keep their top four hopes alive when they face Crystal Palace on Monday (8pm).