Wilshere claims Arsenal man could get into any Premier League team... and it's not Aubameyang

Sam Preston November 25, 2020
Wilshere claims Arsenal man could get into any Premier League team... and it's not Aubameyang
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Mesut Ozil finds himself frozen out at Arsenal by Mikel Arteta.

Former Gunner Jack Wilshere says he’s surprised by the way the German’s situation has turned out.

Wilshere played with Ozil at the Emirates Stadium, and then the World Cup winner inherited his number ten shirt when he left for West Ham in 2018.

Speaking to the ITV Football Podcast (26 mins) Wilshere admitted he was surprised by the situation.

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When asked if he was surprised by what’s happened with Ozil, Wilshere replied: “I am, because I played with him.

“I used to love playing with him, really, really enjoyed it. He’s one of the best I’ve played with.

“There’s obviously something we don’t know because a player of his quality… he could get into any team in the Premier League. To not have the opportunity to compete is difficult to understand.

“There were a lot of shouts about him being lazy but I never thought he was lazy and he’s surprisingly quick too.”

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Wilshere has seen Ozil’s quality as closely as anyone and clearly believes he’s still capable of doing it at the highest level.

They are both superbly talented players who find themselves in the cold.

That’s something few would’ve predicted when they were at the 2014 World Cup with their countries.

Six years later, Ozil aged 32, Wilshere 28, they find themselves unable to get a game – and for reasons other than their natural talent, which has never been in doubt.

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Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and also has a 2:1 Law with French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.