Arsene Wenger has criticised Mesut Ozil after the Germany international suggested Arsenal’s fall from grace in the Premier League is their own fault.
Arsenal looked to be in a good position to win their first title since 2003-04 earlier in the campaign, but a run of just three wins in their last 10 league games has seen them fall 11 points behind leaders Leicester City.
Tottenham are vying with Leicester for the title as the season nears its climax, with Arsenal six points adrift of the top two in third.
Ozil admitted Arsenal had “screwed up” their title hopes, comments that left Wenger far from impressed.
“The statement is not welcome,” said the Frenchman. “Because we have to believe, no matter if it’s just one chance in 100, we have to believe. We only have a real chance if we believe.