Garth Crooks has claimed Mesut Ozil would be better off playing for Tottenham than Arsenal.

The former Spurs player, who was part of the parade of legends at the White Hart Lane finale on Sunday, was writing in his BBC Sport team of the week column when he made the suggestion.

Crooks wrote: “A lot has been said about Mesut Ozil. Love him or hate him – and I love him – there is no denying he is a wonderful footballer. Is he in the right team? Probably not. A player with his talent would be more appreciated at a club like Tottenham.

“Now at this moment I may have Arsenal fans foaming at the mouth at the very thought of Ozil defecting to White Hart Lane but frankly it is a better fit.”

He added: “When Sol Campbell decided to move to Arsenal from Spurs it was because the player was desperate to win trophies. A perfectly acceptable position for a professional footballer to take and a fact that Spurs fans have never been able to come to terms with.

“However, Ozil’s style of football is perfect for Spurs and he has already won things with Arsenal. His overall performance against Stoke, which is always a hard nut to crack, was superb while his goal was sublime.

“Only at Spurs will the fans accommodate players like Ozil. You see, at Spurs it is all about the football while at Arsenal it is all about the winning.”

No doubt Crooks is simply trying to cause a bit of a stir to liven up his column. But it would be interesting to see how a player as talented as Ozil would perform under a manager like Mauricio Pochettino.






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