94% pass-accuracy, two chances created: German criticism of Mesut Ozil again misdirected

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Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil featured for Germany during their 3-2 defeat to England.

Arsenal play-maker Mesut Ozil has once again come in for criticism from the media after Germany surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to England in Berlin on Saturday night.

The World Cup winners looked in control at the hour mark, leading 2-0 thanks to goals from Toni Kroos and Mario Gomez. Yet, rather inexplicably, they suffered a real collapse in the final 30 minutes.

Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier scored the goals to complete a memorable night for the Three Lions, and the German media were quick to point the finger in Ozil’s direction post-match.

German paper Bild said of the Gunners ace: “Long time no see, again one of his inconspicuous displays.”

Ozil has become accustomed to receiving criticism of his performances, and once again it is rather dumbfounding considering how average his fellow team-mates were on the night.

  ShotsChances CreatedAssistsTouchesAccurate PassesAccurate CrossesPass-accuracy
Mesut Ozil 2 2 1 63 51 1 94%
Marco Reus 1 1 0 36 26 0 81%
Thomas Muller 0 1 0 49 41 0 85%

As shown by the table above, Arsenal’s club record transfer acquisition did far more than both Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller and Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus while the trio were all on the pitch together.

Ozil managed more shots, chances created via key passes, touches, accurate passes and accurate crosses than his fellow attacking teammates yet they seemingly escaped any media scrutiny.

The former Real Madrid man’s laboured style of play is arguably what makes him susceptible to media flak, but to suggest he often goes missing is incorrect and potentially damaging to his confidence.

It was not a good night overall for the Germany, yet on the balance of it they could have scored a couple more with Gomez wrongly having a goal disallowed for offside and Andre Schurrle particularly wasteful.

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