BBC pundit says Arsenal fans spoke nonsense about sensational star Mesut Ozil

Garth Crooks has picked Mesut Ozil in his Team of the Week, but had a few choice words to say about the club's supporters.

BBC pundit Garth Crooks has hailed Arsenal record signing Mesut Ozil, insisting previous criticism the German received was unfair.

Ozil is in his best form since signing for the Gunners in September 2013, experiencing an injury free season and playing an integral part in their recent wins over Manchester United, Watford, Bayern Munich, and Everton.

Instead of criticising pundits like the Daily Mail's Neil Ashton who infamously claimed Ozil was 'nicking a living' at Arsenal after a disappointing performance in his debut season, Crooks has rounded on fans of the club instead for not always believing.

Crooks selected Ozil in his BBC Team of the Week after his display in the 2-0 victory over Everton, and had a mini-rant at Arsenal fans. 

He said: "I've heard some nonsense spoken about Mesut Ozil not doing enough tracking back or defending, mostly from disgruntled Arsenal fans on BBC Radio 5 live's 606 after a poor home performance, when the boo-boys are looking for a scapegoat.

"This lad is a fabulous footballer and one of the reasons the Gunners are having success at the moment. Against Everton he was sensational and just waltzed through the game.

"Great players can do that. I make the point now because there will come a time when Arsenal will go through a sticky period, but I suggest the Arsenal boo-boys take care of their precious stones in good times and bad."

It's easy for Crooks, who used to play for Tottenham, to take a pop at supporters - yet there are millions of Arsenal fans around the globe each with differing views.

It is they who pay their money each and every week to see the team, and spend on club merchandise, and are entitled to vent their frustrations if things are not going their way, or if they believe a player is performing below his high standards.

There have been games like this for Ozil, there's no escaping it; his performance in the 5-1 away loss to Liverpool in his first season was a horror show.

Yet this campaign he seems to be developing a consistency he has previously lacked since moving to North London, and if Arsenal go onto win the Premier League, he will be a major part of that success.

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