Mesut Ozil
Ozil has been frequently criticised for his questionable body language and effort during his time at Arsenal.Getty Images

Arsene Wenger has blasted Paul Scholes for berating Mesut Ozil and insists that the former Manchester United midfielder would have loved to play with the German if given a chance.

Scholes accused Ozil of taking the easy route with Arsenal after leaving Real Madrid and insists that winning league titles with Arsenal in not an option.

The United legend cited examples of Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie who left the club for Barcelona and United respectively where they won league titles, something he believes Arsenal can never achieve.

The German has been criticised since his move to Arsenal, with some accusing him of not offering much to the side in spite of statistics stating that he has covered the most ground on the pitch in an Arsenal shirt since returning from injury.

He has also been in good form since coming back into the squad and has been crowned the Arsenal player of the month for February, where he has contributed with both goals and assists.

Wenger was quick to come to the aid of his star midfielder, stating that the player has been one of their better performers and they will give everything in their power to qualify into the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

"A player like Paul Scholes would have loved to play with Mesut Ozil. He has the quality and he works a lot harder than his style of play shows. We are in a job where you have to prove a point, he knows that. He works much harder that his style shows," Wenger said.

"I don't believe too much in history. At the moment we are doing very well away from home so it's down to our effort.

"We are confident. We go to Manchester United to qualify and give absolutely everything with hard work and team effort.

"We are the holders of the FA Cup and we want to keep it. The cup is about giving it all on the day and we'll do that on Monday," he added about their game against United.