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Published: 09:51 | 1/4/16

Ozil not giving up on title


Mesut Ozil believes Arsenal have not played up their potential but is confident they can still challenge for the Premier League title.

Arsenal's title challenge has faltered in recent weeks with the Gunners slipping 11 points behind league leaders Leicester, while they have also exited the Champions League to Barcelona and were knock out of the FA Cup by Watford.

They have eight games in which to turn things around and Ozil is refusing to give up on the prospect of Arsenal ending the season as champions.

"Looking at our season so far, we have to be honest and admit that we mucked it up ourselves,” Ozil told the German website spox.com. "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."

Arsenal's poor form has increased the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger, but Ozil has jumped to the defence of the Frenchman and wants to win the title for the boss.

"I would be delighted for Wenger if we win the title. He played a major role in my decision to join Arsenal. He was desperate to sign me. Everybody knows he is an extraordinary manager," Ozil stated.

"He is always hungry for success, has a lot of experience and always takes his time for the players. He helps players develop."

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