Arsene Wenger has revealed that Mesut Ozil was really affected by Arsenal’s champions league last-16 exit and could not deal with it mentally.
The German midfielder has already hit out at critics that criticised him for Arsenal’s poor performance in the 10-2 aggregate loss.
And Wenger has now stated Ozil was really affected by the loss, as he really wanted to win the champions league and he cares more than his critics think.
“[Ozil was affected] because he is very ambitious – he wants to win the Champions League and he has come out many times saying that,” Wenger said.
“If you look at the two games if you take the first 45 minutes in the two games we are qualified but then we went out in such an emphatic way.
“It was difficult to take for everybody and maybe more for him because it a big part of his ambition.
“He cares. What I wanted to say is that people often reproach him by saying he does not care because of his style of play, but he cares much more than people think he does.”