After Arsenal star Mesut Ozil unleashed a rant at the end of the Gunners' Premier League defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion on Thursday, one of the club's greatest-ever captains has come out in his defence.
A week after sacking manager Unai Emery, Arsenal suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Brighton under the guidance of former player Freddie Ljungberg, who has assumed the mantle of interim boss.
In the moments immediately after the match, Ozil was captured venting his frustrations at new assistant manager Per Mertesacker, with whom he played alongside for both Arsenal and Germany.
The 31-year-old had to calmed by Matteo Guendouzi before shaking Mertesacker's hand on the sideline, but former club captain Tony Adams has defended the former Real Madrid star's tirade.
"I don't mind that actually," Adams said post-match, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
"There's a little bit of spirit there. I don't mind that. Maybe he should have done it before the game. Before the game, take that attitude on to the pitch.
"(But) the game's gone now, it's all over. If he'd got the frustration out before the game and say 'I'm really going to run around and do my stuff today'... He's frustrated, obviously."
Ozil reportedly enjoyed a frosty relationship with former boss Emery, but has started in both of the Gunners' two fixtures under Ljungberg.
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