German press review - 'Ozil's weakest performance with Arsenal'

Arsenal v Dortmund

Mixed reviews in today’s German papers about a the primarily praised Champions League clash between Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal FC.

Where was the PlayStation,tiki-taka“ football, which was praised namely by Mesut Ozil, in Arsenal’s match against Borussia Dortmund yesterday?

“I've got to praise the three players involved for the first goal [in the Gunners’ 4-1 win over Norwich City]. It was real ‘tiki taka’ – almost like they were playing PlayStation,” Ozil said.

Maybe the expectations where to high or maybe last year’s Champions League runner-up Borussia Dortmund is not Norwich City or maybe both. But it would have been great to see Arsenal even try to keep pace with Dortmund – it seems that the Gunners didn’t get going.

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After praising Dortmund’s performance Bild, Germany’s favourite tabloid, commented: “Ozil is bitterly disappointed. The international had his weakest performance with Arsenal. He was totally resigned with the help of Bender and Sahin “

German football magazine kicker also insisted that Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker had a bad day. “Both German internationals played outstanding recently but showed to be less than their best. BVB ruled the event at Emirates Stadium.“

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Kicker continued: “Undoubtedly, the lead [by Dortmund] was well deserved, mainly because of the enormous passivity by London.” That changed as the team from West of Germany stopped playing and Arsenal FC put pressure on the defence. “Exactly in this phase Dortmund came out of nowhere” and scored.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung headed: “Sweet victory for Borussia Dortmund.” And added that Dortmund was lucky: “The winning goal came in a phase in which Arsene Wenger’s side really set the tone and a second goal seemed much closer to Arsenal than BVB.”

After all Dortmund’s victory showed, the daily from Frankfurt wrote, how much respect the team and manager Jurgen Klopp gained in England.

What is your opinion? Did Arsenal really had a bad day or was Dortmund just lucky scoring the winning goal?

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