Carragher continues criticism of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil, but gives begrudging praise

Jamie Carragher says Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil needs to produce more.

Former Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher has picked Mesut Ozil as one of the Premier League's best players this season, but wants to see more from him.

Speaking to The Mail, he selected Ozil along with David Silva, Dmitri Payet, Chris Smalling, and Jamie Vardy as the league's top performers.

Commenting on Ozil he said: "[He is] chasing an assist record but he frustrates me as he can do so much more to influence a game."

At least selecting the Arsenal playmaker among those he rates highest, is praise for the German, who Carragher has criticised repeatedly this season.

Back in August, the former defender told The Mail: "His form improved towards the end of last season but I still think back to the player who was outstanding at the World Cup in 2010 and I am looking for him to repeat that form.”

In October he said, reported The Mail: "Everyone knows he's better there [centrally] but last season wasn't good in there. Obvious Wenger doesn't trust him central in big games."

Carragher is at the point where he feels he cannot deny Ozil praise any longer, having provided eight assists in six games, but still believes the German needs to have more of an overall effect on games.

He is making progress however, and if he continues, he will might make a believer out of the former Liverpool star yet.

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