'Ozil needs to re-assess if he really wants to be at Arsenal'

Former Arsenal striker John Hartson says Mesut Ozil needs to find himself.

When it comes to Mesut Ozil, everybody has an opinion.

Fortunately not all are as extreme as The Mail, which claimed he was 'nicking a living', but former Gunner John Hartson is certainly of the view that the German has some improving to do on the field.

His FA Cup display against Everton was highly impressive, but it was pretty much his only highlight of 2014, and now he has time to reflect during his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Hartson told BBC Radio 5 Live that the break could be the much-needed breathing space Arsenal's record signing needs, but he needs to use it to focus and find his motivation.

He said: "I think the break may do him good.

"Ozil needs to re-assess his attitude and if he really wants to be at Arsenal."

When Ozil arrived at Arsenal there was much fanfare, and he was clearly delighted to have made the switch from Real Madrid. This showed itself in his football, producing assists with regularity - yet with the Everton game an exception, even these have dried up.

His body language makes him look to the outsider like he is disenfranchised, although it's reaching a little to suggest he does not want to be at Arsenal.

Hartson is suggesting more so, that the Gunners will move forward, with or without him controlling games. If he can't show he can dominate matches on a regular basis, then Arsene Wenger may just go out and buy players who can give them more options.

The German is surrounded by his compatriots at the club, and showed earlier in the campaign he can thrive. Wanting to walk away from a side which is built around him, would do little to nothing for his reputation.

Perhaps the best thing which can happen to Ozil is the rest, and when he comes back, the Gunners will hopefully have key midfielder Aaron Ramsey back in the side, with who he combined so well earlier in the campaign.

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