Much has been said about Mesut Ozil’s dip in form in recent months.
The German play-maker impressed when he first arrived at Arsenal from Real Madrid, but recently his form has taken something of a nose-dive, with pundits and fans alike giving their opinions on why that may be.
From the absence of Aaron Ramsey and the lack of movement from the likes of Olivier Giroud, to a player needing to get used to a winter schedule considerably different from the one he experienced in both his homeland and in Spain, there are a number of potential reasons.
But former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has had his say in an interview with Talk Sport, and the ex-German international echoed the sentiments of Michael Ballack earlier in the week.
The former Chelsea midfielder was quoted as saying it can be hard to adapt when a player is suddenly asked to play through the festive period, and Lehmann has now said the same.
“When you move over from Spain you don’t know how it’s going to affect your body when you play through the winter,” Lehmann said.
“He’s suffering and is showing some fatigue. I understand he had a fever last week.”
While Ozil sat out two winter matches due to injury, he played on 23 December and 26 December and featured in the FA Cup match on 4 January. And with another player adding to the argument that he is merely acclimatising to a different footballing schedule, perhaps the critics should wait to see what he does next year before they comment further.
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