German media criticise Arsenal pair in Everton draw

Per Mertesacker

Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil's display in the 2-2 draw earned them a somewhat negative review in Sport-BILD.

The manner in which Arsenal could have slumped to a devastating loss against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday, but instead rose from the brink to salvage a point from a 2-2 draw may have attracted positive press from British football analysts but the German media were swift to highlight flaws in the Gunners's approach.

For Seamus Coleman's 19th minute opener, Per Mertesacker was guilty of failing to deal with the cross that supplied the full back. While Ozil failed to track him and had no creative influence in the attacking third.

Both Arsenal players recently won the World Cup with Germany, but their inability to do their respective jobs efficiently at the weekend has attracted the ire of their native press.

BILD said that, while Mertesacker and Ozil were both in the starting line-up in a team who came from behind to draw at Everton, the "world champions did not look good."

Their report added: "The first goal by Coleman saw Ozil's marker Gareth Barry [escape his clutches]. Coleman was then unsuccessfully played offside by Mertesacker."

Reliable Arsenal superstar Aaron Ramsey inspired the comeback as the midfielder scored in the 83rd minute, seven minutes before Olivier Giroud netted the equaliser.

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