Arsenal's Mesut Ozil comes out in defence of Bastian Schweinstegier

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The former Real Madrid star claimed his Germany teammate would make the difference in the big games for Manchester United.

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has come out in defence of his countryman and fellow World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger in an interview with German media outlet Sport1, after the Manchester United midfielder received some questioning early reviews in the UK media, especially regarding his fitness.

The former Bayern Munich star has been gradually introduced to the Premier League by Louis van Gaal, making his first start in the 0-0 draw with Newcastle last weekend, and it is a softly softly approach that the Gunners record signing seems to approve of.

"The drastic interim judgement in [the] English press is not fair towards him. He certainly needs some time to adjust to Premier League. Just allow him a bit of time," the 26-year-old is quoted by Sport1 as imploring.

"Basti has shown the whole world at the World Cup what a leader he is, most of all in the final.

"Whenever the English media writes about Bastian, they put a World Cup winner before his name. He's now the German world champion, who should make the difference for United."

The Arsenal star asked for his national team captain not to be judged "because of a couple of touches to the ball in a season, but moreover when the crucial games are played."

Ozil himself has had to deal with plenty of criticism from the English press since arriving from Real Madrid as one of the most lauded playmakers in the world.

Though it is difficult to argue that the former Werder Bremen shouldn't have expected a slice of criticism given some of his performances, it is easy to forget that some players' natural games may take some time to adjust once they move to the Premier League - a division that is widely considered the quickest and most physically demanding league in the world.

With Schweinsteiger already the wrong side of 30, and having had his fair share of injury and issues in the last few seasons, Ozil's words are even more relevant.

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