Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has come under severe criticism in recent weeks for his failure to recover his form.
The 25-year-old Germany international has been largely a passenger in the Gunners’ midfield so far this season and seems out of tune.
Although part of the reason is Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s stubbornness to play the 2014 World Cup winner out wide instead in central attacking midfield, renowned sports presenter Richard Keys believes that Ozil is not entirely without fault.
‘Ozil looks a shadow of the player that joined Arsenal’, the former Sky Sports presenter wrote on his blog. ‘I took time out to check his 'match completion' at Real Madrid when he signed.
'He rarely, if ever, went beyond 60 mins in a game he'd started. Remember all the allegations about him being a 'party boy' when he left Real?
‘None of us wants to believe that, but there's a reason he runs out of stamina so easily. And there's a reason he's been just plain ordinary since joining Arsenal’.
It is indeed harsh of Keys to describe Ozil as ‘plain ordinary’, especially given that he played an important role in Germany’s World Cup triumph in Brazil in the summer.
However, Keys’s claims that Ozil struggled to complete a game at Real Madrid cannot be dismissed.
The former Schalke and Werder Bremen star did indeed found it difficult at times to play the entire 90 minutes, but on many occasions he had won the game by then with his slick passes and exquisite through-balls.