Former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has questioned the leadership capabilities of German midfielder Mesut Ozil, and added that the player only thrives when there is superior quality around him.

Ozil was at the centre of a storm of angry fans who were left crushed by a disappointing  performance from the Gunners as they ​lost 4-1 to the Blues in the Europa League final, meaning they lost out on ​Champions League football for the third season in a row.

The German was a no show in the game, barely making his presence felt, and Fabregas believes that not having the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo around has affected his game .

The Spaniard told BT Sport, “I think sometimes you just have it inside or you don’t have it. When he was at ​Real Madrid he was surrounded by top, top players and one of the best players in the history of the sport in Cristiano Ronaldo."

“I’m not taking anything away from Mesut, he played top football there, but once you step down a little bit, because we can all agree Real Madrid, ​Barcelona, Bayern Munich they are top three, you have to show yourself a little bit more because you don’t have the same quality around you." 

"The club buys you to be the actual leader around the club. I don’t think Mesut has that in him to carry. I don’t train with him every day, but I don’t think he has it in him to be leader,” he concluded.

It remains to be seen if Mesut Ozil is still at Arsenal at the beginning of next season, especially after manager Unai Emery seemed to make a point by bringing on youngster Joe Willock for the German with 13 minutes left in the game.