Mesut Ozil: Making Michael Owen look like a visionary

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Michael Owen's criticism of Mesut Ozil was met with derision last December, but the German is doing a good job of proving him right.

It's fair to say it seems Michael Owen doesn't like Arsenal much. Or at least he does not rate them highly, and has no problem telling everybody.

He tipped them to finish fifth ahead of this season, and has so far yet to backtrack, while he told the Telegraph last week he would not pick a single Gooner in his all-Premier League XI, and argued they are 'punching above their weight'.

One of his more controversial comments came back in December, when he wrote on his SportLobster blog that he felt record signing Mesut Ozil was not a world class player, and did not perform in the big games.

"Despite people constantly telling me Mesut Ozil is world class, his inconsistency means that we only see occasional glimpses of real quality.

"His odd good performance is usually followed by half a dozen poor ones."

The reaction from Arsenal fans on social media went through the roof. Owen found himself inundated with angry comments, mocked for his naivety regarding a player who had provided more assists during his time in La Liga than both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Now we don't doubt Ozil is anything but a world class player going through a rough patch in his first season in a new country, but the German is actually doing a pretty good job of proving Owen right.

The recent run of games has been perfectly cued up for him to make his case, and make Owen look foolish.

But consecutive matches against Liverpool, Manchester United and now Bayern Munich have seen him fail to shine, with no assists, no goals, and one missed penalty.

Owen himself tends to take revel in Ozil failing to perform, tweeting back in December after the 0-0 draw with Chelsea that the German backed up his comments.

There is still plenty of time between now and the end of the season for Ozil to step up, put in some winning performances, and even score the goals to win Arsenal their first silverware in nine years.

If he doesn't, perhaps the most galling thing of all for Arsenal fans is that Michael Owen will be sitting smug in his commentary booth, glad that everybody else is coming around to his way of thinking.

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