Several Arsenal players, including the German midfielder, took swipes at the ex-Sevilla boss during their Dubai warm-weather training camp.
Ozil said that the team under Mikel Arteta are much ‘happier’ and willing to ‘give everything’ for the club.
Those comments didn’t sit right with Merson, who told Sky Sports’ The Debate: ‘I’m not a great lover of that [comments from Ozil]. I don’t like it when a manager comes in and says the players aren’t fit. Because that’s a dig at the old manager.
‘And then a manager comes in and the players start saying ‘it’s better now, it’s more fun’, no. I believe what Emery is saying. They shouldn’t have been where they were with the quality they have.
‘The players weren’t doing the right things. You just don’t say anything.’
Emery, who was relieved from his duties as Arsenal boss in December, has also been on the…