Drop him! Arsenal fans clear with views on Ozil ahead of Villa game

Arsenal fans have suggested Mesut Ozil should be dropped from the side.

Arsenal fans have made their feelings clear via a poll conducted by Goal.com about Mesut Ozil.

Goal asked Arsenal fans to vote on whether they think the German should be dropped ahead of the Premier League game against Aston Villa and at the time of writing, 72% said he shouldn’t start.

Ozil has been criticised heavily following his poor performance for the Gunners against Borussia Dortmund last week.

However, Arsene Wenger leapt to the midfielder’s defence yesterday in his press conference ahead of the Villa game, saying that the German has nothing to be considered a ‘scapegoat’ for.

“The criticism is unfair because it's post-World Cup. It takes a few months for them to get back to their best - Why should Ozil be a scapegoat? We've lost one game since April 1. We had very difficult games against teams like Besiktas,” said Wenger.

Should Wenger drop Ozil for the game, Arsenal have several options they can use in his absence.

Ozil has been used in a wider role this season, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can come in on either wing and Lukas Podolski is also capable of playing down the left hand side of midfield.

Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere both offer options in the number ten role.

Ozil is at his very best in the slot behind the main strikers where the defensive pressure is taken away from him but Wenger’s defence of the player suggests he may not change the way he’s been using him any time soon.

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