Legendary former Arsenal midfield enforcer Gilberto Silva has lashed out at Arsenal’s most expensive player ever Mesut Ozil for always being “too slow” and ponderous on the ball.

Silva a member of Gunners’ Invincibles however, hailed the German midfielder’s fine form since returning from injury this season, but the Brazilian feels he still needs to do more if Arsenal are to challenge for the title any time soon.

“You speak about Arsenal and how they don’t spend big money on a player often but they did with (Mesut) Ozil and it is always a bit risky,” Silva told the Evening Standard.

“Coming from Spain it is tough to adapt, it doesn’t always happen straight away.

“I do really like him as a player but sometimes in the game he does look quite slow, although he has that quality to change the game.

“He can be more decisive for Arsenal for the quality he has, he can be much more decisive for the club.”

For the record, Arsenal have not won the Premier League in 11 years since Gilberto and his team-mates, who went unbeaten in 49 matches left the club.


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