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Redknapp blasts “passenger” Ozil after Arsenal’s north London derby defeat

Date Posted,April 29, 2017

Jamie Redkanpp has hit out at Mesut Ozil branding him a passenger during the north London derby.

Arsenal suffered a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham on their final appearance at White Hart Lane before it is demolished – with Dele Alli and Harry Kane’s penalty giving Spurs the bragging rights.

German Ozil struggled to make an impact in the Gunners’ midfield as Spurs confirmed they would finish above their rivals for the first time in 22 years.

Where Ozil failed, Christian Eriksen starred for Spurs and pundit Redknapp picked apart their differences before slamming Ozil and his teammates.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil prepares for kick-off (Photo: Getty)
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger needs a summer reboot according to Jamie Redknapp (Photo: Getty)

“Look at Mesut Ozil today,” Redknap explained on Sky Sports. “He and Christian Eriken are very similar players – luxury players – they are the sort of players who open the doors and you don’t expect them to put much hard work in.

“When I looked at Ozil compared to Eriksen there was a distinct difference.

“The work ethic and pressing, the amount of time Eriksen won the ball and in open play, he was fantastic.

“Then on the flip side what Ozil offered his team, you want a piece of magic to open the door.

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen starred in the north London derby (Photo: Getty)

“I’ve mentioned it and Frank [Lampard, fellow pundit] has mentioned it, passengers, you can’t have passengers in North London derbies.

“There are miles too many and they have to change that next year.

“There are too many players who look comfortable in that red and white shirt who don’t deserve to be in it.

Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez looks dejected during the defeat (Photo: Getty)

“It is not good enough and they are not trying hard enough.

“I think they are five, six, seven players short of the players they need.

“There are more questions than answers at Arsenal at the moment.”

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