Daily Mail journalist Neil Ashton slaughtered Mesut Ozil in his post-match summary of Bayern Game claiming 'he's nicking a living.'
The situation surrounding Mesut Ozil's post-match reaction reminds me a little of an old Japanese saying: ''The nail that sticks out gets hammered'' and since Ozil joined Arsenal in the summer, he has certainly been so.
After the midfielder's disappointing performance against Bayern Munich he was expected to see a little backlash from critics. However, a number of them, in my opinion, have took it a little too far.
For example, Neil Ashton from the Mail has wrote: 'Lost and Lazy Ozil might have cost Arsenal £42.5m but he isn't worth two-bob... and he's nicking a living'
As expected, a number of Ozil supporters have taken the bait dangled by the controversial Daily Mail journalist, but for me, it's another reason why the German is still ranked amongst the best in the world.
The weight of the criticism fired towards the 25-year-old shows how much expectation is laid on his shoulders. Expectation that has been earned because of his abilities.
In modern football people expect world-class players such as Ozil to be breathe-taking every game, but in all honesty its just not feasible. And the only two players in the world that can come close to that standard is Messi and Ronaldo, who without question are the best two players in the world.
Although it's fair to say that his time in London thus far hasn't gone exactly to plan, you would have to be a fool to say he hasn't improved Arsenal in his time at the club.
The harsh reality, for me, is that the expectation falls firmly on Ozil's shoulders because Arsenal lack other players of similar stature in their team.
He is expected to simply be their best player week in, week out and for me that is unfair. Especially when you consider that he, in my opinion, doesn't even have a great striker to play aside.
For Germany and Real Madrid, he built partnerships with Muller and Ronaldo which allowed him to show his true potential and that's what Arsenal should look to invest in when the summer comes.