Mesut Ozil ends his first season in England an FA Cup winner but can't entirely escape criticism.
When Mesut Ozil signed for Arsenal, fans predicted it was the signing who would lead them to silverware.
Sure enough the in the German's debut season as an Arsenal player he lands up with a medal, but perhaps few would have foreseen have Welshman Aaron Ramsey would play a more prominent role.
Ozil didn't have his greatest game in a red and white shirt at Wembley, causing former footballer and now pundit Mark Bright to take a dig at him via Twitter:
The Met Police say they have no further news on a 25yr old German Footballer who went missing from the Wembley Stadium area yesterday #FACup— Mark Bright (@Mark__Bright) May 18, 2014
So was the criticism justified or just a case of Bright jumping on the 'bash Ozil' bandwagon?
Ozil made 97 touches, just seven less that Santi Cazorla who was also substituted in the 105th minute. He was put under pressure well by the Hull defence, completed just 82 per cent of his passes, a low figure by his standards. Cazorla completed 90 per cent, and Ozil's percentage was lower than all outfield players barring Bacary Sagna (81) and Olivier Giroud (74).
The club record signing did however create two goalscoring opportunities, the joint highest of any midfielder, equal with Aaron Ramsey, and was fouled the joint most of any other Gunners midfielder (three times).
A positive note for Ozil's performance is that he is the only Arsenal midfielder who was not dispossessed during the game, Cazorla losing the ball twice. Ozil also recorded 100 per cent long ball accuracy (four of four finding a teammate), but did not make a single successful tackle or interception.
Ozil may not remember the game for any real individual skill or defence splitting passes on his part, but he may just savout it as one of the his best ever games regardless, simply because of the happy ending and the magnitude of the occasion.