Gary Neville has taken to Twitter to voice his opinion on the surroundings of Mesut Ozil’s drop in form.
The German international arrived in North London with a lot of expectation following his stunning move from Real Madrid.
Despite an opening day loss at home to Villa, the Gunners bounced back impressively and it seemed for a while that Mesut Ozil had taken to British football like water off a duck’s back.
Gradually, however, the goals and assists started to dry up and since the turn of the year, both club and player’s performance levels have significantly dropped to almost alarming levels.
It seems to have been one problem after another for the German international, and despite scoring and assisting another during Arsenal’s crushing 4-1 FA Cup tie against Everton, it was only ever going to be a temporary lift.
Following Ozil’s poor first-half performance against Bayern Munich, it wasn’t surprising to see him substituted at half-time – though further investigation revealed that he suffered a hamstring injury which is likely to keep him side-lined for a number of weeks.
Where did it all go wrong for Arsenal’s £42.4m record signing? One plausible theory is his lack of a winter break – a situation which European players are accustomed to.
Insightful pundit Gary Neville took to social networking site Twitter to voice his opinion on the matter, and was of the opinion that Ozil should have been given a break – especially during his first season in England. To rub salt into the wounds, the former Manchester United player explicitly commented that former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo used to get one, and that Wenger should have been experienced enough to understand the situation.
On Xmas break--- no excuse really for an experienced manager. He could have given him one first two weeks in Jan- Ronaldo used to get one!— Gary Neville (@GNev2) marzo 12, 2014
Taking into account Arsenal’s fixture list over the Christmas period, it’s difficult to understand why Wenger didn’t allow his star to leave after the Newcastle United game on the 29th of December.
However Neville may be misguided. Ozil did have 18 days in between starting games in January, and had a two day break in Morocco.
Ozil last week claimed it was not a Winter break he needed, but a pre-season, to acclimatise and get to know his teammates. Hopefully next year the Gunners will begin to see the benefit after this summer.