'Tragic figure' - German press react to Ozil's performance v Bayern

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A look at what the German press have had to say in reaction to Mesut Ozil's listless display for Arsenal against Bayern.

Here's a selection of critiques from newspapers and websites in Germany...

T-Online: "Lonely and depressed, he escaped the first player into the dressing room. He did not trust himself more to the fans, shied eye contact, just wanted to get away. Mesut Ozil crept like a whipped dog from thence, after a bitter defeat his Arsenal against Bayern Munich (0-2) and a game for him personally to a great triumph could have been, but ended in disaster.

"The game against Bayern was the negative peak of a rapid decline, with Özil has enjoyed in recent weeks. Since it is no longer running with him, Arsenal has lost its luster the first round. The 50-million-euro-man has become the savior to the problem and dispute. Fans and media criticize the body language of the 25-year-old who hangs his head too often and listlessness radiates when it is not running.

Spiegel Online: On good days, Mesut Özil is one of the most exciting football player in the world. On bad days, he plays like against Bayern Munich in the first knockout round first leg of the Champions League. After Arsenal's defeat it hails with criticism and ridicule for the German.

"For about 50 million euros Ozil was sold in the summer by Real to FC Arsenal, right at the debut the midfielder shone, hardly a game passed without a successful assist. But the highlights are now less, the criticism grew. Now it has reached a head.

FOCUS.de: Ozil: With deceptive skill, gratefully accepted the touch of Boateng: The Arsenal playmaker already won in in the 7th Minute a a penalty. And he missed miserably against Neuer. Then he recovered with almost no fight, only a shadow of himself, totally immersed from the miss.

Suddeutsche.de: "Nightmare for Ozil : Tragic figure at Arsenal. Due to the lower number of Gunners by the red card against Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, Ozil was increasingly forced during the game to act as a left defender. Also likely to make the " magician " frustrated. Eventually, he then left the defense working largely to one - much to the chagrin of his colleagues. Mathieu Flamini did not put up with and snapped at Ozil still on the field." 

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