With Chelsea falling out of the title race after a miserable start to the campaign, with Liverpool in transition, and with both Manchester United and Manchester City flattering to deceive despite the vast resources at their disposal, Arsenal’s key rivals have all been largely off the pace this season.
However, despite this, the Gunners have failed to establish themselves at the top of the league, and, ahead of this weekend’s fixtures, sit third in the table, six points behind rivals Tottenham Hotspur and a whopping 11 off leaders Leicester City, having played a game fewer.
They face EPL surprise package Watford this Saturday, hoping to close the gap on the two sides ahead of them in the table.
Speaking to German source Spox, Ozil has admitted that Arsenal only have themselves to blame for having failed to realise their potential this season, and for asserting themselves as the dominant force in the EPL, and noted that their performances against the division’s so-called lesser lights have let them down.
“Looking at our season so far, we have to be honest and acknowledge that we’ve messed it up ourselves,” Ozil began.
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“We did not play to our potential in the games against the so-called smaller teams. You immediately get punished for that in the Premier League.
“But we still have a chance of winning the title. We have to hope Leicester and Tottenham slip up and then make the most of it.”