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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has suggested that Mesut Ozil was given the captain’s armband in a bid to get improved performances from him, according to the Mirror.
The German playmaker was given the armband for the first time in the game against Leicester, and he produced a world class display as the Gunners routed the Foxes in a 3-1 win.
He provided a goal and an assist in the game as the Gunners secured their tenth straight win in all competitions.
He retained the armband against Crystal Palace and wasn’t as potent as his side drew 2-2 in the game. He was substituted during the second half of match and he reacted angrily.
Ozil was handed the captain armband yet again in the game against Liverpool and he put in performance worthy of a captain, and Neville believes he was only given the captaincy to evoke a sense of responsibility in him and improve his performance.
“Paul Pogba was given the captaincy at the start of the season after a public spat. Same with Ozil at Arsenal. Emery left him out a for a couple of games. He said.
“It is almost like they are giving them the captaincy to get more of a performance out of them.
“That would never have happened 20 years ago. You had to earn the captaincy at a football club.
Ozil has been in excellent form this season since retiring from the German national team. He has scored four goals already the season, the same number as he did in all competitions last season.