Was Ander Herrera proved right about Arsenal's Mesut Ozil?

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Manchester United midfielder branded Arsenal star inconsistent. Did the German prove him right?

Mesut Ozil is enjoying his best season as an Arsenal player, racking up 17 assists in the Premier League.

Yet on the big stage last night against Barcelona he was found wanting, unable to influence the big Champions League clash.

Ahead of the game Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera had branded the German international as inconsistent.

SkySports reported Herrera told Marca: "Arsenal have [Francis] Coquelin, Ozil… Mesut isn't so consistent, but he makes the difference when he's on his day."

Setting aside Herrera's own up and down performances for United, Ozil did little to disprove the Spaniard last night.

He struggled to make an impact against the La Liga side, with Arsenal managing just 35 per cent possession.

Last season former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes lambasted Ozil in his column for The Independent after he failed to produce in a Champions League last 16 clash with AS Monaco. He wrote: "It was another game from Özil, and another failure to make the big difference. It was not his worst performance, and he had a role in the first goal for Olivier Giroud, but how long must Arsenal wait for him to deliver the moment that wins them a tie like that against all the odds?"

A year earlier Ozil had been criticised for failing to step up at the same stage of the competition, with Mail writer Neil Ashton infamously, and ridiculously claiming the Arsenal star was 'nicking a living'.

This season has shown he is really stepping up for Arsenal, delivering a key assist in their last Premier League clash with Leicester City for Danny Welbeck's late winner, but his non-performance against Barcelona brings the doubts back to the surface, and makes Herrera's comments look somewhat valid.

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