Arsenal were well and truly put to the sword by an impressive Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday. But as much as the Reds blew the visitors away with an outstanding first-half of football, the Gunners certainly did not play anywhere near their potential.
One player who has come in for some criticism in recent weeks is Mesut Ozil, and his showing at Anfield was well below his best. In fact, it was no surprise he was replaced early in the second-half when he made two errors in the first 45 minutes that led to goals for Liverpool.
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The German international's overall performance was also some way short of his best. He played just one key pass in just over an hour on the pitch. He had no scoring attempts, failed to win a single interception, touched the ball just 47 times and made 33 accurate passes.
Those are not the kind of figures you expect from your club-record signing.
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I wrote just yesterday that Ozil will need time to get used to a different league. After all, it should not be underestimated the impact of playing through the festive period when he is used to winter breaks in both Germany and Spain. While he has only recently returned from injury.
But the Ozil who played against Liverpool was not the Ozil who shone in his early months in North London. And after the match we took to Twitter to see what the fans thought of his performance.
You can read a selection of the tweets below:
Wenger needs to bring Mesut Ozil on for the second half.— Annie Eaves (@AnnieEaves) February 8, 2014
Where in the world is Mesut Ozil?— Charley Marshall (@ctmarshall2) February 8, 2014
Mesut Ozil ineffective against big clubs.— Muhammad Zulhusni (@ManutdZul) February 8, 2014
Mesut ozil has looked awful today.— Jamie Mobley (@mobley_jay) February 8, 2014
I rate mesut Ozil highly but 42m for him was a waste.guilty of almost all the goals arsenal conceded..— IDR33S (@idris_DAGACI) February 8, 2014
Of course I still rate Mesut Ozil, but he did put in performances like this at Madrid too.— Muddassir Hussain (@MuddassirSpeaks) February 8, 2014
I genuinely would have preferred myself to Mesut Ozil today. I honestly honestly would.— Henry Bellamy-Rosser (@HenryB_R) February 8, 2014
The wheels are falling off the Mesut Ozil show at Arsenal, really gone missing for them the last couple of months.— Robert Whittaker (@Rob_Whit5) February 8, 2014
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