A legend of the German national team believes Mesut Ozil has all the talent but none of the confidence at the moment.
Does Mesut Ozil look lost in the current Arsenal team consisting of a fleet-footed winger in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, physically-strong forward Yaya Sanogo and midfield partners Mathieu Flamini and Jack Wilshere?
Yes, according to Sky Sports studio pundit Michael Ballack, a mainstay of the Germany team with 98 caps from over a decade of international football and a three time Bundesliga winner with Bayern Munich.
'He looks lost in this team,' the 37-year-old said after Arsenal's 2-0 loss to Bayern in the Champions League Round of 16.
Ozil transferred to the Gunners from Real Madrid in a club record £37.1m last summer and made an instant impact but, as the months have passed, his form has stagnated.
Ballack continued: 'When he came here there was so much expectation [and] in the first games he looked good. But here, sometimes, it looks like the position he is playing… he has to work a lot and he is frustrating his own team-mates - like Mathieu Flamini.'
Ozil could have put his stamp on a memorable European night for Arsenal earlier this evening, Wednesday, as he won a penalty in the first half, however, he failed to convert from the spot kick: 'He has the ability to score from 11 metres but he's got no confidence.'
Concluding, the German said: 'A player like him should be untouchable, with his quality, he should be.'
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