Ratings: Proof Mesut Ozil flops in big games?

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After another below-par performance - against Chelsea - for Mesut Ozil in yet another big game, we take a look back at the whoscored ratings of his previous performances in similar built up matches.

Mesut Ozil, 25, may be a World Cup winner and a renowned world-class midfielder, but his performances in big matches during his Arsenal career have been, for want of a better word, abysmal.

Against Chelsea at the weekend, the German international was bullied on and off the ball as he attempted to provide the spark that could have won the Gunners the game. However, it has to be said that Cesar Azpilicueta, the man tasked to mark Ozil, arguably produced one of his better games in a Chelsea shirt and rightfully won the plaudits for his efforts.

The post-match reaction was largely centred on the former Real Madrid man and his performances in big games not being up to scratch.

We’ve gone back and looked at several key fixtures the former La Liga winner has been involved in at Arsenal and, using the player ratings provided by whoscored.com, have looked whether Ozil has been a consistent flop in big games.

Ozil ratings:

Arsenal 1 – 2 Borussia Dortmund – 22nd October 2013 - Rating: 6.3/10

Arsenal 2 – 0 Liverpool – 2nd November 2013 - Rating: 7.1/10

Borussia Dortmund 0 – 1 Arsenal – 6th November 2013 - Rating: 7.3/10

Manchester United 1 – 0 Arsenal – 10th November 2013 - Rating: 6.2/10

Manchester City 6 – 3 Arsenal – 14th December 2013 - Rating: 6.5/10

Arsenal 0 – 0 Chelsea – 23rd December 2013 - Rating: 6.4/10

Liverpool 5 – 1 Arsenal – 8th February 2014 - Rating: 4.3/10

Arsenal 0 – 0 Manchester United – 12th February 2014 - Rating: 7.9/10

Bayern Munich 1 – 1 Arsenal – 11th March 2014 - Rating: 6.1/10

Arsenal 3 – 2 Hull City – FA Cup final – 17th May - Rating: 7.0/10

Arsenal 2 – 2 Man City – 13th September 2014 - Rating: 6.8/10

Borussia Dortmund 2 – 0 Arsenal – 16th September 2014 - Rating: 5.8/10

Arsenal 1 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur – 27th September 2014 - Rating: 7.7/10

Chelsea 2 – 0 Arsenal – 5th October 2014 - Rating: 7.1/10

The reviews from Arsenal supporters in all these matches have not been favourable and, according to whoscored's statistical rating system - analytical rather than subjective, he has an average match rating in these games of just 6.6 - well below the average. 

The German's performance on Saturday, which saw him earn sub-standard rating of six in the Daily Mail, was credited with a 7.1 with whoscored. The statistics are weighted in a certain way in order to best prove the players actual impact on the game. However, few who watched the game would have gave him a rating that high. 

Even so, the 6.6/10 average rating from whoscored does show that Ozil is below-average in big games for the Gunners. It's also worth noting that in the 14 games analysed, he has only claimed two assists and no goals. A very poor record for a player of his ability. 

Nevertheless, Ozil cannot be considered a bad player because on his day he can be one of the world’s best, which he has proven on numerous occasions.

However, he does need to improve in the big games for Arsenal once he returns from injury, otherwise he can have no complaints if he starts finding himself on the bench when matches of this ilk come along.

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