A lot has been made about the performances of Mesut Ozil over the last few weeks. Some people have said they he looks lazy, and plays like he can’t be bothered. Then there are some who say that’s just the way he plays football, and others that he is still finding his feet in England.
In terms of an impact, you cannot deny that his arrival alone lifted the confidence of the club ten fold. His signing brought a massive amount of excitement that finally, Arsenal could become real contenders this season. And here we are almost in December, top of the Premier League after 12 games and narrowly top of the toughest Champions League group by far.
Last night on Twitter, I asked the simple question “was signing Ozil a mistake?”. Unsurprisingly, that sparked a host of aggressive responses but after his shockingly bad penalty last night, you would expect him to have his critics.
I won’t pretend to have watched a lot of Germany or Real Madrid over the last few years, so I can only comment on how I think he’s performed for Arsenal. While I do believe he hasn’t been at his best for us yet, I think it’s clear that with Ozil you either love him or hate him.
You either think he’s a misunderstood genius, who has single-handedly driven Arsenal to where they are now, or that he’s a lazy player who is a bit of a luxury. The truth is somewhere in between.
I find it hard for anyone to argue that he has been sensational for us so far. I would say he’s been “good”. Not amazing, not terrible, just good. He’s racked up plenty of important assists, linked up play well and added an extra dimension to our game. But by the same token, he has been guilty of disappearing in matches, and at times been shown to be off the pace. A confident and flying Ozil would have easily trapped Ramsey’s ball over the top last night, as well as scoring that chance against Manchester United. I just think he is still finding his feet both at Arsenal and in the Premier League.
People have said that his fitness was an issue and that’s why he was always substituted under Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, and it’s not the first time I’ve heard that some consider him a 60/70 minute player.
There is no doubt that Ozil is a world class player, but it down to him to show he’s a class above all the rest at the club. Players like Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere are the ones showing they’re our best players at the club at this moment in time.