German press react to Mesut Ozil's performance for Arsenal v Monaco

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Arsenal's Mesut Ozil was both criticised and defended in Germany for his actions against Monaco.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil probably feels that unless he scores a hat-trick in each match, he is never likely to escape criticism.

That was especially true last night after the Monaco game, where despite having a heavy influence on possession with 121 touches, and helping Arsenal win 2-0 on the night, he still copped plenty of flak.

It was not just pundits Danny Mills and Paul Scholes telling the BBC and ITV they would have substituted him at half-time, but in his native Germany, the reaction to his display was not great either.

Website Tagespiegel wrote: "Mesut Özil was unremarkable at Arsenal. The inconspicuous Ozil first drew attention to himself with a dangerous free-kick in the 53th minute. Ten minutes later the German midfielder from 15 meters shot narrowly wide. Despite some dangerous approaches Arsenal gave the solid Monaco defence not too much trouble."

SudDeutsche was equally critical: "Apart from an early headed chance by Giroud jumped at the beginning of the half, Ozil was barely visible." 

He did however get some backing. While some outlets in England raged over his half-time shirt swap with Geoffrey Kondogbia, the Germans felts the reaction was over the top. wrote:  "Mesut Özil has to endure severe criticism in the British media. The English get upset that the German world champion at the Champions League from his Arsenal FC in Monaco exchanged on the way into the half time break his jersey with an opponent."

German daily newspaper BILD also found the criticism of the shirt swap bizarre, describing Paul Scholes' criticism of it as 'bitching'.

Ozil worked tirelessly and while unable to make a telling impact, it was a vast improvement on the first leg. He was more lively than Alexis Sanchez, but the Chilean seems to be immune to criticism by comparison.

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