The German international had a game to forget in many way after missing his 7th minute penalty saved by his national teammate Manuel Neuer before the North Londoners were reduced to ten men by referee Nicola Rizzoli whose decision to send off goalkeeper Wojceich Szczesny after 37 minutes ‘killed the game’ according to boss Arsene Wenger.
However, Ozil was not under fire from Flamini for scuppering the chance to put his side 1-0 up against the European champions, but rather his lacklustre defensive display once his side were reduced to ten men.
Flamini appeared to harangue the club record signing for his lack of defensive responsibility – Arjen Robben had an easy run of the Bavarians’ right flank against Nacho Monreal after Kieran Gibbs was taken off injured and Ozil seemed uninterested in protecting the Spanish fullback against the Dutch ace.
Ozil has been the subject of criticism from the media and Arsenal fans in recent weeks for some anonymous displays and a run of form well beneath his level of capability and, from the looks of things, Mathieu Flamini shares their concern over the £42.4m man’s work-rate.
What exactly has happened to Mesut Ozil in recent weeks remains a mystery but perhaps the absence of current top scorer Aaron Ramsey in midfield behind him can be attributed some of the blame. Ramsey has been out since Boxing Day in December through injury, which has only been compounded by injury to Theo Walcott, the Gunners top scorer last season, who will miss the remainder of the season.
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