Charlie Nicholas raves about 'magnificent' Mesut Ozil after performance against Monaco

Ex-Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas was delighted with Mesut Ozil's display against Monaco.

Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas told Sky Sports that Mesut Ozil's performance against Monaco on Tuesday night was his best for the club so far.

Arsenal crashed out of the Champions League in agonising fashion, winning 2-0 at Monaco - but it wasn't enough to overturn a 3-1 deficit in the first leg, with the Ligue 1 side going through on away goals.

An injury time goal in the first leg from Yannick Ferreira Carrasco proved to be the clincher for Monaco, but goals from Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey gave the Gunners hope at the Stade Louis II.

It wasn't to be though, and Arsenal have been knocked out in the last 16 for the fifth season in a row, which will no doubt pile even more pressure on manager Arsene Wenger.

However, former Gunners star Nicholas, who hit 54 goals in 184 games for the club in the 1980's, singled out one player for praise - telling Sky Sports that playmaker Mesut Ozil was the pick of the bunch for Arsenal, even suggesting that it was the German's finest performance for the club since joining from Real Madrid in September 2013.

"I’m very critical of a lot of the players a lot of the time because I think it’s justified but tonight I thought Mesut Ozil was magnificent. The best I’ve seen him," said Nicholas.

"He was working his socks off. Everybody tried and everybody gave their very best but they punished themselves. They beat themselves again," he added.

Ozil has come under fire from pundits and even Arsenal fans since his move to the Emirates Stadium, with many expecting to see more influential displays from the World Cup winner.

Yet with 126 touches and 101 passes, Ozil tried in vain to haul Arsenal into the last eight of the Champions League - and Gunners fans will be hoping that Ozil can kick on from here as they chase down Manchester City in the Premier League.

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