0 shots, 0 dribbles - The Arsenal star who was virtually anonymous again

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Arsenal's Mesut Ozil's struggles were once against highlighted when the side took on Borussia Dortmund last night.

Mesut Ozil once again disappointed as Arsenal slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last night.


The German side over-ran the Gunners with a fine display of pace, power and creativity, which left Arsenal looking well short of quality.

Arsene Wenger's men simply couldn't contain the Bundesliga runners-up as they outperformed them in every department. 

In-truth, the 2-0 loss flattered the Gunners, who could have been on the end of an even heavier defeat if it wasn't for some profligate finishing from Dortmund.

It was a worrying display which exposed all the deficiencies that have plagued Wenger's side at the top level for some time now. 

One man who was bought by the club to stop this sort of performance was Ozil, but once again he failed to make an impression and was virtually anonymous throughout.

The World Cup winning midfielder is unquestionably gifted, but he is running out of excuses now.

There is an expectation to show some desire, fight and courage when pulling on the Gunners shirt, but too often Ozil looks frail and disinterested. 

Just comparing his performance against that of Alexis Sanchez, another big money signing this summer, shows the difference between the two.

  TeamPosShotsShots on TargetTouchDispossessedFwd PassTotal PassAcc PassSuccess dribblesAppsMins
Alexis Sánchez Arsenal FW 2 1 62 5 11 35 24 6 1 90
Mesut Özil Arsenal MF 0 0 33 0 2 23 20 0 1 62

Whilst Sanchez will not regard the game as one of the finest in his career, he at least put in the effort to try and help his side salvage something from a match which was getting away from them. Ozil didn't.

That is simply inexcusable and Wenger must begin to ask questions of his £40 million purchase from Real Madrid.

The German had an excuse in his first-season, as he adapted to the English game, but he appears to have regressed rather than progressed over the summer.

Against Dortmund he didn't make a dribble or have a shot and he touched the ball almost half as much as Sanchez. His passing, which is normally so incisive, was safe too - and he only attempted to play the ball forward twice.

It shows a lack of fight and unless Ozil starts showing a marked improvement Wenger should start thinking about whether to drop the 25-year-old.

At the moment he appears untouchable and that is reflecting in his performances but with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski waiting in reserve Wenger should not be afraid to take his star man out of the line-up. 

Although Ozil functions better in a side that is performing well, his display last night was inexcusable and he should be held accountable for the fact that he not putting in the effort required. It seems unlikely that he will be, though. 

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