Neville defends Ozil amidst wage-cut criticisms

Amidst the recently announced 12.5% pay cut the Arsenal players took, it's been revealed that three(3) players refused to take the cut, Chief among them being highest earner, Mesut Ozil. This has, as expected, come in handy for criticism.

Gary Neville though, has defended Mesut Ozil, in an interview with Sky Sports.

"I think the principle of not being together is indefensible," Neville started

"I think that's the biggest problem when you have a group of players that are all adopting one position, you're a team on and off the pitch.

“I wouldn't like to be one of the three people that haven't agreed with the group. I think it will isolate and alienate them in everything moving forward.” he continued.

"They are entitled to make their own decisions, you can't rip up a players' contract or force them to take a cut or deferral but I think when a group of players are voting on something, you go with it. From my point of view, it demonstrates further the complexity of what is happening at the moment in the Premier League,” he continued,

"Football is eating itself from the inside and out. There are disagreements, not just from Premier League clubs to clubs but clubs to players, there is nothing that is in agreement at this moment in time." he'd continue

“There is the odd club that has their house in order but, generally, most clubs, players are not at war but disagreeing with what is happening.

"Clubs need support, players don't trust their clubs and this is another example of it."

He added: "The club or the players have outed him, it's as simple as that. They've thrown him overboard." Neville concluded.
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