Scholes: Arsenal's Mesut Ozil is too slow at times, his former teammates made him better

Ex-Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has criticised Mesut Ozil once again.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has forged a reputation for himself over the past year as a hard-hitting pundit, and nobody has felt his criticism more of late than Mesut Ozil.

Arsenal's record signing had been accused in The Independent by Scholes of taking the easy option by joining Arsenal, while the pundit told ITV this week he should have been substituted at half-time against Monaco, and slated him for swapping shirts with Monaco's Geoffrey Kondogbia after just 45 minutes.

Now in his column for the Standard, he says that the World Cup winner takes too much time on the ball and can be detrimental to Arsenal's game.

Scholes said of his second leg display versus Monaco: "He found space but his touch was not great. He tried hard but he slows Arsenal down at times. He was bought to make a difference on nights like that."

He went onto state that he felt Ozil has been better when there are players around him superior to his Arsenal teammates, and this has contributed to his lack of impact in big games for the Gunners.

"He has played in two great teams, for Germany and Real Madrid, and I think that away from that level of the highest quality he is struggling to influence games the same way."

Ozil had 121 touches of the ball against Monaco, helping Arsenal control possession with more than 70 per cent. This helped them to a 2-0 win, but lacking the third they needed to qualify for the knockout stages.

Scholes has spoke more positively of Ozil previously. Only last week he told The Independent: “I found myself agreeing with Arsene Wenger on Monday night. The Arsenal manager said last Friday that I would have loved to have played alongside Mesut Ozil – and that would be right, as long as Ozil played every week as well as he did at Old Trafford."

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