Writing in his column for The Evening Standard, the ex-England international explained: "I admired Mesut Ozil as a player at Real Madrid but it is no use playing him wide."
"He is not interested in defending and he needs to be in the centre, among good quality players who get the best out of him. He has that languid style which makes it look like he isn't trying. I am sure that isn't the case but he is struggling to find his form and he is too good a player to waste"
German newspaper Bild gave Ozil the lowest rating of anyone on the pitch at the Westfalenstadion and criticised his contribution as Arsenal struggled for creativity. Meanwhile, Die Welt suggested that the midfielders only assist on the night was to offer compatriot Lukas Podolski a pair of shin pads.
Stationed on the left flank he fashioned just a single key pass and touched the ball only 31 times in a weak attacking display. Defensively, he failed to make a single tackle, or even intercept a pass. For some-time now he has been accused of lazy performances, and following this tie, the reaction was no different.
The German international was also heavily criticised for his efforts in the 2-2 draw at Manchester City and fans are beginning to beg Arsene Wenger to play him in his preferred number 10 position, the role in which he excelled for Real Madrid. For the club to get the best out of the 2014 World Cup winner, this needs to happen.