Brendan Rodgers backs Arteta's decision to drop Mesut Ozil
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Brendan Rodgers backs Arteta's decision to drop Mesut Ozil

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has backed his Arsenal counterpart Mikel Arteta for dropping midfielder Mesut Ozil.

There has been a huge debate concerning Ozil after Arsenal omitted him from their Premier League and Europa League squads but despite many criticizing the decision to axe the German, Rodgers feels that Arteta has done the right thing.

Speaking ahead of their Sunday faceoff, Rodgers said: “He's a talented player but it depends on your structure. 'I'd be very much like Mikel; we need every player to contribute to the defensive aspect of the game as well as the attacking aspect.

“The team has to be one brain. Everyone needs to function and work together. He's a wonderful talent and he's a very creative player, absolutely. He can make the last pass but it's about the team. If you feel that a player can't press the game or doesn't want to press the game-I'm not saying that's him-it has to fit into not just your attacking structure but also your defensive one.

“If one person doesn't do their job, then you can suffer as a team. He's a talent, but as always with talent, you've got to be a working talent.”

Ozil has not featured for Arsenal since March and released a statement earlier this week saying that he would do his best until the last day he will at the club.

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