Gary Neville has his say on Laurent Koscielny, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil

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Gary Neville discusses the problems surrounding Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Laurent Koscielny

Gary Neville highlighted three players who let Arsene Wenger down during Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Super Sunday.

The home side twice came from behind at the Emirates Stadium, as goals from Theo Walcott and Shkodran Mustafi cancelled out efforts from Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero, but they remain in sixth in the Premier League, seven points off the top four.

Neville pointed to three moments in the game - Laurent Koscielny's half-time withdrawal, Walcott's grumpy exit when he was replaced by Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil's unwillingness to challenge Willy Caballero for the ball in the second half - as areas where Wenger should be frustrated.

"I might be being a bit harsh here, but I'm going to say them anyway," said Neville on Super Sunday.

Image: Theo Walcott's body language told the story as he was substituted

"Koscielny always goes off. He's a centre-back. He plays to half-time and then goes off. He might have a bit of a problem with his Achilles and I might be being very harsh, but he went off against Bayern Munich and went off in a big game today.

"Walcott trudges off the pitch. He hasn't played well, but his attitude is, 'I've scored a goal, you shouldn't take me off.' Yes you should, you were poor and that's a matter of fact.

"Mesut Ozil goes through on goal and bottles out of a challenge when his manager's backside is on the line. Go for a 50-50 or nick in front and win a penalty.

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"There's three instances today and I'm being harsh, but if you're talking about throwing the cat among the pigeons, let's do it. Let's throw it out there.

"Arsene Wenger deserved for Koscielny to at least have a go for five minutes in the second half. Go on mate, have a go for us. No, he didn't.

"Theo Walcott should sprint off the pitch and shake the manager's hand and say, 'Thanks very much for giving me a game today. I'm lucky.'

"Mesut Ozil should go for a 50-50 with the goalkeeper. That would help, wouldn't it?"

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