Former Manchester United Midfielder, Owen Hargreaves has claimed that Mesut Ozil ’s angry rant after Arsenal defeat to Brighton was aimed at manager Freddie Ljungberg, not Alexandre Lacazette.
The German Midfielder was seen gesticulating towards the bench as he made his way off the pitch after the 2-1 loss and is believed to have been shouting ‘Laca! Laca!’ while throwing his hands up in the air.
While some fans assume that Ozil’s anger was aimed towards Lacazette, Hargreaves believes the German was angry at Ljungberg after he substituted the striker in the 77th minute when Arsenal were searching for a goal.
Hargreaves said: ‘You can’t play that way and be critical of the coaching staff.’
‘If he plays with his heart on his sleeve you could accept it, obviously if Freddie say that he wouldn’t be happy.’
‘I don’t think it was aimed at Per, it was aimed at Freddie.’
However, Hargreaves believes Ozil didn’t earn the right to react in that manner after the match.
‘He didn’t do enough, Mesut Ozil,’ continued Hargreaves.
‘To have that reaction… I love Mesut Ozil more than anyone, but he didn’t do enough in the game to warrant that reaction.
‘I love him in a functioning team, he’s one of the best creators and best passers we’ve had in the Premier League. He is, he can do that.
Arsenal have found themselves in tenth position after the loss to Brighton in Emirate Stadium.