Liverpool legend on the Ozil/Owen debate: Mesut is the standout!

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Arsenal's £42.4m trequartista has won the backing of former defender Jamie Carragher.

Former professional football and current pundit Michael Owen attracted the headlines yesterday for opining on his SportLobster blog that Arsenal star attacker Mesut Ozil is inconsistent.

Crediting Arsenal to be deserving of their top of the Premier League status, Owen called on the former Real Madrid star to perform at his best on a regular basis.

The backlash Owen received from the isolated statement highlighted by Metro was so great, that the 34-year-old went to social media in order to re-clarify his comments.

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Today, one of Owen's team-mates at Liverpool, Jamie Carragher - a player he would have trained alongside since the pair were 12 and 13 and eager to make an impression in the academy - wrote on Sky Sports that Ozil is the stand-out signing of the season.

When discussing Wenger's transfer market nous, Carragher said: '[Wenger has brought in] high-profile names recently - Mesut Ozil is the standout this year and has played in massive matches.'

There is no doubt that Ozil has great quality. In 1,138 minutes of Premier League football he has, statistically-speaking, made a huge impact having completed 87% of his 841 passes, has created 36 clear-cut chances, is an accurate crosser of the football, has assisted seven times and hit four goals.

Does Ozil need a big performance against an elite-level opponent, like Chelsea - who Arsenal face on Monday - for example, in order to prove consistency? Or maintain a chance-creating, assist-providing form in every match-day from now till the end of the season?

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