Mesut Ozil says Arsenal have 'screwed up' their Premier League title bid
By Andrew Dickson
Last Updated: 01/04/16 10:33am
Mesut Ozil believes Arsenal have "screwed up" their title bid as they trail league leaders Leicester by 11 points in the Premier League.
Arsene Wenger's side are six points off second-placed Tottenham - albeit with a game in hand over the top two - after securing just one league victory in March.
Arsenal had been significant challengers earlier in the season and were touted as favourites to claim a first title since 2004.
Arsenal play Watford this Saturday and while Ozil believes they are still in contention, he concedes they may already have blown their opportunity and are relying on results other than their own.
"Looking at our season so far, we have to be honest and admit that we screwed up ourselves," said Ozil.
"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."
The Gunners' form has intensified the pressure on manager Wenger, with supporters growing frustrated following the club's exit from the Champions League and FA Cup in recent weeks.
The former Real Madrid player, however, is keen to win the silverware for his manager.
"I would be delighted for Wenger if we win the title," he added. "He played a major role in my decision to join Arsenal. He was desperate to sign me. Everybody knows he is an extraordinary manager.
"He is always hungry for success, has a lot of experience and always takes his time for the players. He helps players develop."