Former Arsenal centre-back Martin Keown rated eight German players as having a better game in the World Cup final than current Gunner Mesut Ozil.
Ozil was handed a start by Jorgi Low for arguably the biggest match of his career and he produced a solid, tidy and consistent display which helped Germany’s midfield stay strong against Argentina.
“Mesut Ozil – 6.5 - Looked up for the game, worked hard off the ball. However, didn’t do enough in possession in final third,” assessed Keown.
Of the players Keown rated higher, thus assessing had a better game than Ozil, are; Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Miroslav Klose and Mario Gotze.
Ozil has certainly not had a bad World Cup and has done well to carry forward the momentum he built up over the back end of last season with the Gunners.
He’s quietly gone about his business despite other teammates grabbing the headlines and supposedly putting in what can be considered more impressive performances during the last few weeks in Brazil.
His challenge is how he reinvents himself for his second season in English football as teams will be a little wiser over how to keep him quiet.
One of the reasons attributed to his inconsistency last season was the lack of pace in Arsenal’s attack, which is something Arsene Wenger has addressed with the signing of Alexis Sanchez.
Sanchez, along with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott when fit, will give Arsenal’s midfield plenty of pace in wide areas going forward, which will allow Ozil to do what he does best and pick passes.
In short, you can’t argue with Ozil’s recent record of a World Cup winning backing up the FA Cup with Arsenal. The challenge for him now is to turn the 6.5/10 ratings into 7s and 8s more frequently.