Paul Scholes singles Arsenal star Mesut Ozil out for criticism

The ex-midfielder turned pundit has raised a number of issues about Arsenal's club-record signing.

Paul Scholes feels Mesut Ozil is often simply going through the motions at Arsenal - no matter how much ground he covers, according to his weekly column in the London Evening Standard.

The Gunners midfielder, the club's record signing, has been praised for his form since returning from injury at the Emirates Stadium.

Scholes, however, feels Ozil needs to show more for Arsenal, questioning his desire and motivation.

The former Manchester United midfielder says the German needs a leader to get him going but also that the Premier League title realistically being out of Arsenal's reach is a factor that reduces Ozil's hunger to thrive in north London.

"It’s why I think Mesut Ozil took the easy option joining Arsenal. Since he has been there, you cannot doubt his quality but at times he looks like he is going through the motions, however much ground he covers," Scholes said.

"He needs a leader around him to get him going. At Real Madrid, he had a chance of winning league titles. At Arsenal, that is not on the cards."

As Scholes suggests, the 26-year-old has certainly showed his quality since joining the Gunners from Real Madrid - but it is the consistency with which he has done so that has irked many observers.

The north London derby earlier this season was the perfect example of what Scholes may be referring to. Ozil scored Arsenal's opener at Tottenham but did very little else all game.

The German isn't the only foreign import to see his game suffer in such a way, of course, with Angel Di Maria currently viewed by many to be struggling at Manchester United.

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