Sooner or later Arsenal need Mesut Ozil to step up in a big European away game, but it did not happen last night.
The German's time at the club has been marred by his non-performances in the Champions League group stages, unable to steer them past Barcelona this time around, following Monaco and Bayern Munich in previous years.
The club's record signing would be cut some slack if there was a good performance in those six knockout matches from the three ties played across two legs, but his 'breakout' moment is still to come.
He has performed well in the Premier League this season, but last night a the Nou Camp, particularly in the second half, Ozil was a passenger.
Barcelona won the game 3-1 on the night, 5-1 on aggregate, with Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi each scoring, and Mohamed Elneny netting for the Gunners.
Ozil played all 90 minutes, completing 70 per cent of his passes. He created three chances to his credit, but his teammates could not take advantage of them.
He had only one shot himself which landed off target, making no tackles and three interceptions.
The problem for Arsenal is whatever he does... more is expected.
Here is a look at how fans reacted to his display...
what does ozil do?— b3gbie (@BegbieConstable) March 16, 2016
Ozil could learn a thing or two about work rate and tracking back. These Barca boys don't quit if they lose the ball— George Mensah (@GeorgeMensah) March 16, 2016
Our big players aren't doing enough for me. Ozil & Sanchez need to step upto the plate.. #afc— Neil Symington (@NeilSymington) March 16, 2016
LOOK AT OZIL REACTION TO LOSING THE BALL SHOCKING IF YOU DONT WANT TO PLAY FOR ARSENAL PLEASE GO. YOU ARE NOT BIGGER THAN THIS CLUB #AFC— Sam.sports (@Samsports094) March 16, 2016
All Ozil has done today is walk around when he has lost the ball— Sam Hartley (@samjhartleyy) March 16, 2016