Why did Arsenal star Mesut Ozil underperform against Everton?

Ozil Celebrates Scoring

Mesut Ozil’s first game of the season for Arsenal against Everton on Saturday did not see him lit up the Premier League.

Mesut Ozil is arguably Arsenal’s most talented player and his return to the team on Saturday was expected to spur them on to success over Everton.

However, the Germany international failed to spark and the Gunners somehow rescued a point at Goodison Park, returning to London with a 2-2 draw from the Premier League clash thanks to yet another injury-time goal.

Ozil had a largely disappointing game and came under fire from a number of the club’s fans (click here to read more). And his match stats do show that he was well under par.

  TeamPosFinal Third EntriesTotal PassAccurate PassTouchesTotal Att AssistGoal AssistAppsMins
Mesut Özil Arsenal MF 7 65 56 76 2 0 1 90

Even the 25-year-old midfielder himself admitted that he and his teammates had a poor first half, taking to social networking site Twitter to do so.

But was Ozil’s poor display just his fault? Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger started the former Real Madrid star on the left wing, and he clearly struggled there against Seamus Coleman’s run.

Although from that position the German showed his brilliance in flashes, he certainly did not look comfortable. It’s not that Ozil has not played on the wing in his career before, but he is more suited to the role of a playmaker.

Perhaps Wenger will play Ozil in his natural position in the next Arsenal match.

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