Spanish press: Arsenal's Ozil fed his legend as an irregular player

Arsenal star copping flak abroad for his performance against Liverpool.

Arsenal record signing Mesut Ozil has become the target for much criticism in England after his disappointing display against Liverpool.

Alan Shearer has called on him in Monday's edition of The Sun to 'earn his money' at Arsenal, while Robbie Savage on MOTD2 criticised the German's attitude, and said particularly that his tally of 0 goals and 2 assists in his last 10 games was not up to scratch.

Yet it is not just over in the UK that Ozil attracts criticism, over in Spain, paper El Confidencial penned a particularly critical assessment of his display in their match report on Saturday's clash at Anfield.

They wrote: "Özil fed his legend as an irregular player with a miserable performance, especially with his attitude at the kick-offs.

"...Goals came straight from Sterling, the third, after a lazy loss from Özil, and the fourth work of Sturridge on the counter."

There were harsh words for the whole Arsenal team:

"A theme which normally accompanies the Italian car manufacturing, Arsenal of Wenger used to show undeniably beautiful in style and approach but falls apart in the most unexpected moment.

"A unreliability almost endemic in team projects in London in recent years, and this Saturday at Anfield was one of the darkest points in recent history to fall to a strong and significant 5-1."

Ozil spent three season in Spain with Real Madrid, carving out a reputation as the assist-king, but his record in El Clasico matches is mixed.

In 16 matches against Barcelona he provided an impressive seven assists, but just one goal. He landed up on the winning side just four times.

When the Spanish press describe Ozil's history of irregular performances, you wonder just whether he can step up over the coming weeks to avoid being labelled with the same reputation in the Premier League.

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