Arsenal fans react on Twitter to Ozil performance against Manchester United

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil produced a solid performance against Premier League champions Manchester United.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger continues to show faith to his club record signing Mesut Ozil.

The £42.5 million arrival from Real Madrid started against Manchester United and while he had a solid game, once again he didn’t produce the fireworks which have become synonymous with his name.

There are several possible reasons as to why Ozil has gone off the boil since having a superb first half to the season.

Some have suggested that the fact he’s been used to a winter break has placed greater strain on him physically and mentally.

Ozil played for the Gunners throughout the Christmas and New Year period, when he’s normally used to having a couple of weeks off to recharge his batteries.

Some have suggested that he’s been affected by the greater pace, pressure and physical nature of the Premier League in comparison to La Liga, which is traditionally dominated by Barcelona and Real Madrid.

However, that explanation doesn’t explain why he was so initially effective in Arsenal colours.

Another possible explanation is that sides have worked out how to keep him quiet tactically, which means the emphasis is on the German to reinvent himself and find a way to be effective in big games.

It’s also been suggested that Arsenal’s main striker, Olivier Giroud, doesn’t produce enough movement and trickery in the final third, which Ozil thrives on in terms of being able to setup a striker.

That’s prompted several reports which have suggested possible striker targets for the Gunners this summer, as the club look to invest in a forward who can score plenty of goals and get the best out of Ozil and other players.

Whatever the reason for Ozil’s dip in form, he remains a world class talent and one of the few Gunners in the current squad who can win a match on his own.

Here’s what Arsenal fans made of his performance last night.

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