Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has been criticised by many former footballers and pundits for his largely underwhelming performances so far this season.
But no one has compared him to Chelsea flop Fernando Torres... until now.
While watching Sunday’s Premier League clash between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore made a comment that will probably not go down well with many Gunners fans.
Ozil body language is starting to look like Fernando Torres. 5 MINS to book A free Call Collymore 08717223344 call back @talkSPORT— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) October 5, 2014
This is not the first time that Ozil’s body language on the pitch has been under scrutiny.
The 25-year-old Germany international is undoubtedly one of the best playmakers in the world, but there has always been a suggestion that he does not show enough passion on the pitch.
Lacking pace and physical bullishness, Ozil has been criticised by many Premier League followers of simply not trying enough and not pushing himself. But this is the (probably) the first time that he has been compared with Torres.
Another former Liverpool star, Jamie Carragher, was also watching the match. He, too, was not impressed with the performance of Ozil and made it clear on Twitter.
Any Ozil apologists who talk about him playing wide remember he played central last season and was poor.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) October 5, 2014
.@Munkie1886 Wenger came out and defended him towards the end of the season and said he would be one of the best in the league next season.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) October 5, 2014
.@Haaaaarrrryyyyy 42.5 million want more than to perform against Villa.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) October 5, 2014
.@slimdclfc Everyone knows he's better there but last season wasn't good in there. Obvious Wenger doesn't trust him central in big games.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) October 5, 2014
.@Haron__ Maybe in Spain different game. Why didn't he buy him then?— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) October 5, 2014
As I said start of the season Arsenal good but not great through the spine of the team.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) October 5, 2014