German newspaper Die Welt has criticised Arsenal’s German contingent while praising Andre Schurrle following Chelsea’s 2-0 win against the Gunners yesterday.
Die Welt hasn’t held back in its assessment of the way Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker played although Podolski only had ten minutes of action towards the end of the game.
“At the meeting of the world champions at Stamford Bridge, Andre Schurrle maintained an upper hand over Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker,” reports Die Welt.
“While Mertesacker, Ozil and Podolski all suffered in defeat Schurrle came up to full speed.”
“While Mertesacker was decent in defence, Ozil and Podolski remained Pale. Schurrle is made at Chelsea despite a lot of exterior pressure.”
The problem for Arsenal’s German contingent has been consistency against a range of teams in the Premier League.
Mertesacker and Ozil have both proven they are capable of solid Premier League performances but they haven’t been able to show it on a consistent basis, which has partly damaged Arsenal’s results.
Any criticism or negativity aimed at Podolski is a little bit harsh considering he’s not had a great deal of game time this season. In fact he hasn’t started a Premier League game this season, featuring as a sub on three occasions.
On the other hand, what makes Schurrle popular with Jose Mourinho is the idea that he’s a hard working, gritty type of player who grinds out performances in key games.
There are more flamboyant and aggressive attacking players who could play down Chelsea’s right hand side but Schurrle works hard defensively, which is a trait of this current team.
The international break provides Arsenal and Chelsea with very different periods of reflection.
Arsenal are at home to Hull and then away to Sunderland whereas Chelsea visit Crystal Palace and Manchester United when the domestic action returns.