Not for the first time this season did Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil have a disappointing game on Saturday.
The 25-year-old has been struggling for form since returning from Germany’s successful 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil in the summer.
Against reigning English champions Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday, Ozil was once again lacking in creativity and invention.
Stats show that the German star has been struggling for Arsenal for a while. In his last 14 league matches for the Gunners, he has scored just one goal and provided two assists.
The former Real Madrid player’s overall performance has also been less than impressive. In his last 14 Premier League appearances, Ozil has created 38 goals, completed 72.6 passes per game (average) and has taken 90.1 touches per match (average).
However, much of Ozil’s underwhelming displays so far this campaign has to do with the fact that he has beem deployed on the wing and not in his favoured central attacking position.
Arsenal fans are still not happy with Ozil’s recent displays, but club Ray Parlour wants them to have patience with the £42.5 million star.
‘He’s not been top class at the moment, but you’ve got to give him a bit of time’, Parlour told talkSPORT. ‘I’m not sure how much time you give him though.
‘Certainly he’s got a lot of competition behind him, people like [Santi] Cazorla, [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain and [Mikel] Arteta - lots of midfielders. I just hope he can find that bit of form, get that goal and confidence, and get back to the player he was’.
Another Arsenal player who has come under criticisms in recent weeks is Jack Wilshere. However, the 22-year-old England international had a brilliant game against City in their 2-2 draw, leading Parlour to sign his praise, while urging his compatriot to maintain his consistency.
‘Wilshere was excellent’, he said. ‘Every time he was on the ball it look like something was going to happen. People say he’s got to do that on a consistent basis and I agree.
‘If you’re going to be a top-class player, then you’ve got to do it week in, week out. He’s getting better every game he plays’.
Wilshere has shown signs of improvement in the past few matches, but, as Parlour says, he needs to maintain consistency in his game. The Englishman also needs to step up in the big fixtures – like he did against City.