Arsenal and Mesut Ozil must get used to losing with each other

Mesut Ozil still needs to show greater maturity when it does not go his way, and fans also need to understand his reaction comes with the territory.

Arsenal may go on an unbeaten run between now and May, and sweep every trophy in their path. Then again, they may not.

The Gunners have now lost two in a row, with the exclamation point on their 6-3 loss to Manchester City being Mesut Ozil's row with Per Mertesacker.

Now resolved, Mertesacker was seen shouting at his teammate for his failure to acknowledge the traveling Arsenal supporters as he trudged off at the end of the game.

Ozil apologised later on Facebook for his actions, or lack of them, and you would assume it won't be something which occurs again.

Then again losing is not an experience Ozil has had to endure much of at Arsenal, it has by and large been a real high for the German.

What Arsenal have seen from him so far is a series of superb performances, or ones where if he has not shone then he has still done enough to enable the club to win.

An emotive character, Ozil regularly posts on Twitter after Arsenal wins - even declaring 'I love this club' after a 3-0 away victory over Cardiff City.

What fans have yet to really see is how that side of him translates when they lose, until Saturday.

There is no shame in being a bad loser, even Arsenal's greatest ever striker Thierry Henry displayed a petulant edge at times, it is merely Ozil's competitive side expressing itself in the heat of the moment.

He displayed a similar attitude at Real Madrid in his final weeks there, storming off down the tunnel after being substituted by Carlo Ancelotti following a game in which he was played out of position.

Quite simply his temperament comes with the territory of being a great player, it is part of what pushes him to be the best, and fans will have to accept the odd piece of behaviour similar to the weekend, even if Per Mertesacker is not so forgiving. 

Ozil isn't the only one who needs to do some adjustment however when the Gunners lose.

There were a number of Arsenal fans who were unimpressed with Ozil's on-pitch performance in the 6-3 defeat, and speaking after the game branding the German a 'luxury player.'

And indeed there may be times where when the going is tough, Ozil fades out of games.

Is he really expected to be dropping deep, winning tackles and making clearances? He was bought for his attacking talents, and very few playmakers in the world do just that, it's just simply not part of the German's game, nor is it his role.

But what do these fans propose doing about it? Leaving their best player on the bench because the fixture is tough?

There's no chance of that because the German is capable of winning these type of matches with a moment of magic, and worries the opposition just with his presence.

He will win Arsenal enough games this season that there really is no point castigating him when they lose one or two.

Ozil and Arsenal are still learning about each other, and the frightening element for the opposition is that he is only going to get better.

Fans and Ozil should enjoys the highs, but continue to adjust when they do occasionally lose, and learn how to do it together just like Per Mertesacker told him. The same should go for the few fans who see fit to criticise him.

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