Gary Neville criticises Arsenal’s underperforming Mesut Ozil

Former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville has criticised Mesut Ozil’s poor form against the top teams.

Renowned pundit Gary Neville feels Mesut Ozil hasn’t performed to a good enough standard against the best teams, highlighting his shortcomings in his blog for the Telegraph.

The Gunners smashed their transfer record with the signing of Ozil in the summer of 2013, the German international trading Real Madrid for North London.

Despite initially taking the Premier League by storm, the former Werder Bremen star’s performances gradually declined just when Arsene Wenger’s side needed him and his inspiration most.

Ozil’s struggles have continued, and his forgettable displays in big-game clashes have prompted Neville to question whether the Gunners were right to dig deep in order to sign him from Madrid.

“Ozil was pushed out of Madrid and he has since struggled to be the game-changer that I believe a £42m player should be for Arsenal,” Neville wrote.

“Although Arsenal fans often complain when I highlight Ozil’s shortcomings, my response is that I generally see him in the bigger games against the top opponents and he has not delivered.

“In 22 games against Chelsea, United, City, Liverpool and Tottenham plus Champions League appearances, he has scored just two goals.

“It is not enough for a player of Ozil’s ability, he does not influence games as he should, but maybe Arsenal and United fans need to accept that it will take longer for the German and Di Maria to come good.”

While Ozil may need more time to adapt to the rigours of Premier League football, team-mate Alexis Sanchez has demonstrated that instant performances can be achieved.

The Chile international has been superb this season, scoring 13 goals and adding a further seven assists in 23 league matches.

Where Ozil has struggled, Sanchez has flourished and his game-winning performances against the likes of Dortmund and Manchester City only add to the mystery surrounding his German teammate.

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